Luis Alfredo Monge Guevara, a/k/a “Alfredo,” a/k/a “El Gordo,” a/k/a “El Diablo” (03/29/1996) was found guilty today of Murder in the Second Degree (Penal Law 125.25(3)) and Burglary in the Second Degree (Penal Law 140.25(2)). The jury found that Guevara committed a burglary and, while in the course of and in furtherance of that burglary, Javier Gomez Bartolon, a non-participant in the burglary, was killed.
The jury found Guevara Not Guilty of Murder in the Second Degree (Penal Law 125.25(1)) for the intentional killing of Javier Gomez Bartolon. The verdict comes after a 16 day trial in Rensselaer County Court.
Javier Gomez Bartolon was home on the morning of October 17, 2016, at his 1 E Glen Ave apartment in Troy, when the defendant and another man entered his apartment with the intent to steal money and drugs which they believed were possessed by Bartolon’s roommate. Bartolon was beat and stabbed death and left on his kitchen floor. Ultimately, no drugs or money were found by the men, and they thereafter disposed of evidence and fled the State for Mexico.
The defendant faces 25-life for his conviction of Count 2, and 3.5-15 years imprisonment for his conviction of Count 3.
The hard work and dedication of the Troy Police Department, the New York State Police Troop G Forensic Identification Unit, the New York State Police Forensic Investigations Center, and the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office, were instrumental in bringing about this verdict and bringing justice to Javier Gomez Bartolon.
Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly said, “This was an important case which has been a focus of my administration since I took office in January. I applaud the skilled presentation of this case by Assistant District Attorney Andy Botts, as well as the assistance of Assistant District Attorney Tim Feenan, each of whom invested countless hours in this prosecution. I am pleased with the jury’s verdict.”