Bay Ridge

Woman gets 18 years to life for murder in Gregory Hotel

November 17, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Pamela Hanson stabbed the victim to death, Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn D.A.’s office

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Monday announced that a Bedford-Stuyvesant woman was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison for fatally stabbing a man inside a room at the Best Western-Gregory Hotel in Bay Ridge.

Gonzalez said, “This defendant suddenly attacked and robbed her intimate partner, killing him. She has now been held responsible for taking a life.”

The ADA identified the defendant as Pamela Hanson, 29. She was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog to 18 years to life in prison. Hanson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month.

Gonzalez said that, according to the investigation, on Dec. 2, 2007, at approximately 3:03 p.m., Hanson and the victim, David Diaz, 27, who were acquaintances, checked into a room at the Best Western-Gregory Hotel in Bay Ridge. According to Hanson’s own statements, after engaging in consensual intercourse with Diaz, Hanson removed a knife she had previously hidden under a pillow and proceeded to repeatedly stab Diaz about the face, neck and torso.

Hanson confessed to taking Diaz’s bank card and cellphone. The investigation revealed that Hanson attempted to use his bank card to purchase shoes at Yvette’s Boutique in Downtown Brooklyn, but the attempt was denied. She disposed of both the cellphone and bank card.

Hanson was previously convicted of second-degree murder following a jury trial in 2009 and was granted a retrial in 2015 and subsequently pleaded guilty.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Melissa Carvajal, deputy bureau chief of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Taub, chief.

—Information from the Brooklyn DA’s Office

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