Man who murdered wife on Essex St. gets 19 to life

BY SAM SPOKONY | A man who admitted to killing his wife in 2008, inside a car parked on the Lower East Side, has been sentenced to 19 years to life in prison, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced on Thursday.

William Davila, 48, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month.

On May 13, 2008, while they were sitting in the S.U.V. on Essex St., Davila stabbed his estranged wife, 44-year-old Leonida Nunez Davila, multiple times in the throat and chest, and then fled the scene,
according to court records. Davila was able to evade police for two days, but was eventually arrested in the Bronx.

Before the fatal attack, the woman had previously been granted an order of protection against her husband stemming from his past conduct in 2007, the D.A. said.

“The death of Leonida Davila is another harrowing example of how quickly domestic violence can turn fatal,” said Vance. “Not only did this defendant brutally kill Ms. Davila, but he fled the scene, leaving her body in a parked car to be found by strangers.”

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