Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel E. Abelove announced today that David Campos, age 46, pled guilty today to one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a class A-I felony, in Rensselaer County Court, in connection with the brutal stabbing death of his estranged wife, Denise Gely.

In the early morning hours of November 23, 2015, David Campos confronted his wife in the hallway outside her home in Troy. Campos, who brought two knives with him, repeatedly stabbed his wife to death, in the presence of his own children as well as a neighbor.

In court, the defendant admitted that he arrived at his wife’s residence intending to kill her. After murdering his wife, the defendant fled Troy and was apprehended by the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police in New Jersey, following a lengthy high-speed chase. The defendant will receive a sentence of Twenty (20) Years to Life in state prison on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at 9:00 a.m., at the Rensselaer County Courthouse before the Honorable Andrew G. Ceresia.

“This tragedy has no good outcome, but we are glad that justice is served by the guilty plea of David Campos. Our hearts go out to Denise Gely’s children and family, who can hopefully receive some sense of closure. The Troy Police Department’s swift and diligent efforts contributed to the successful prosecution of Mr. Campos.”

District Attorney Joel E. Abelove prosecuted the case.

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