The Hampton Bays man convicted in the November 2020 murder of a man found dead in the back of a pickup truck on Roanoke Avenue was sentenced this week to 25 years to life in prison.
Alcides Lopez Cambara, 42, was convicted on Dec. 13 after a jury trial of Murder in the Second Degree and Robbery in the First Degree.
The evidence at trial showed that Lopez Cambara became jealous of the victim, Marco Grisales, 34, a romantic rival. The defendant heard Grisales call his girlfriend, Tyara Lemus, then age 18, and ask to see her on Nov. 11, 2020.
Lopez Cambara became jealous, prosecutors said and plotted with Lemus to rob Grisales, according to prosecutors. The pair planned for Lemus to lure Grisales out under the premise of celebrating his birthday. Lopez Cambara recruited two other individuals to help him rob Grisales, prosecutors said.
“Lemus set up a meeting with Grisales at a McDonald’s in Riverhead. After meeting Grisales, Lemus got into his pickup truck and drove with him to a nearby buffalo farm to party,” according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.
Lopez Cambara and the two others he had recruited, Dennis Jonathan Hernandez Abanao and an unidentified male, were already at the farm, lying in wait to rob Grisales, the DA said.
After Lemus and Grisales parked, Lopez Cambara and the unidentified male dragged Grisales out of the car and bludgeoned him to death with the barrel of a shotgun, according to prosecutors. Hernandez Abanao and Lemus stole jewelry and other valuables from the victim’s car. Lopez Cambara tore a gold chain from the victim’s neck, then the three men put his lifeless body in the bed of his own pickup truck. Lopez Cambara then drove the pickup truck a short distance from the scene and parked it on Roanoke Avenue, partially blocking the roadway, prosecutors said. A passerby reported the disabled vehicle to police. Riverhead police officers found the victim’s body in the bed of the truck.
In the days following the murder, Lemus, using an alias, called police, and provided information about the other individuals involved in the crime, the DA said. On Dec. 9, 2020, Lemus and Lopez Cambara were arrested and charged with the murder and robbery of Grisales.
Lemus pleaded guilty to Robbery in the First Degree for her role in this crime.
Hernandez Abanao pleaded guilty to Attempted Murder in the Second Degree for his participation in this crime.
Both are pending sentence.
Lemus testified at the trial and gave a detailed description of the defendant’s involvement in the murder. Her testimony was corroborated by surveillance videos from both a McDonald’s and nearby hospital that captured Grisales’s pickup and the defendant’s vehicle as they travelled to the location of the murder, as well as cell site records from both Lemus and Lopez Cambara’s cell phones, the DA said. The evidence also included items recovered during the execution of a search warrant at the home shared by Lopez Cambara and Lemus, including the victim’s jewelry and the shotgun used to bludgeon the victim, which was adorned with a distinctive bejeweled skull. Finally, a download of Lemus’s phone led to the recovery of WhatsApp conversations wherein Lemus and the defendant discussed their plan to lure the victim to the location of the murder.
Suffolk Supreme Court Justice Anthony Senft Jr. imposed the sentence on Lopez Cambara Monday.
“This sentence cannot change history and the fact that the loss of the victim’s life was both brutal and senseless,” Tierney said. “This was a violent and premeditated murder and robbery. We are gratified that the judge imposed the requested maximum sentence and hope the victim’s loved ones find some solace in the sentence.”
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