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N.Y. Teen Sentenced for Stabbing

April 3, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ The baby-faced teen-age daughter of a millionaire was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison Thursday for the stabbing death of a drinking buddy in Central Park.

Daphne Abdela, 16, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of 44-year-old Michael McMorrow, a real estate salesman who was drinking in the park with Miss Abdela and her 16-year-old boyfriend, Christopher Vasquez.

Miss Abdela said she knocked McMorrow down before Vasquez stabbed him.

Vasquez is awaiting trial on murder charges.

McMorrow’s body was dumped in a lake in the park last May. His head was nearly severed, his belly was gashed open and his hands were all but chopped off to make it difficult to identify him by fingerprints.

Investigators said Miss Abdela had ordered Vasquez to ``gut the body so it would sink.″

The attack took place not far from the Central Park West home Miss Abdela shared with her father, a food-service executive, and her mother, a former model.

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