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Hernandez sentenced to 75 years for killing girlfriend, wounding friend

December 4, 2018

BRIDGEPORT - Defiance was not a good look for Oscar “Ziggy” Hernandez.

The illegal immigrant, with a history of abusing women, Tuesday morning blamed his lawyer, the criminal justice system and the judge for convicting him of murdering his wife and seriously wounding her best friend.

“I’m innocent and god knows I didn’t do it,” he proclaimed through a Spanish interpreter.

Clearly, Superior Court Judge Kevin Russo was not convinced, sentencing the 41-year-old Stamford cook to 75 years in prison.

“This was an incident of intense and unimaginable domestic violence,” the judge retorted. “While in this country we address our marital problems through therapy and if necessary the courts, you addressed your problems with the point of a dagger. You produced a crime scene so gory a movie producer would have difficulty reproducing it.”

In the early morning of Feb. 24, 2017, Hernandez fatally stabbed his girlfriend, 26-year-old Nidia “Yubi” Gonzalez, multiple times in the neck and then stabbed her friend Brenda Castellanos multiple times, nearly running her through with a large knife in his Greenwood Street home following an argument. He then then fled with his and Gonzalez’s 6-year-old daughter Aylin. He was captured following a high-speed chase in central Pennsylvania.

Hernandez claimed that his girlfriend and her best friend stabbed each other following a drunken argument over a cell phone.

A jury convicted Hernandez of murder, attempted murder, first-degree assault and risk of injury to a child.

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Corradino, who with Emily Trudeau, had prosecuted the case, told the judge that Hernandez had sneaked back into this country after being deported to his native El Salvador for choking an ex-wife.

“The defendant has gone from assaultive conduct in the past to taking someone else’s life, incapacitating this defendant for the rest of his life would serve the people of Connecticut by keeping them safe,” Corradino said.

Gonzalez’s mother, Lesbia Pinto, broke into tears as she tried to address the judge and had to briefly leave the courtroom.

“She was a good sister, a good mother, someone who worked hard to move forward, and it was because of her I was able to come to this country,” Gonzalez’s sister, Stephanie Retonna, tearfully told the judge. “It is now my turn to raise her daughter and I know she is watching over us from heaven.”

Hernandez wiped a tear from his eye as his lawyer, Jonathan Demirjian, talked about the four children Hernandez has with three women here.

“He maintains his innocence and looks forward to the appeal process,” Demirjian added.

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