Longwood man sentenced to 25 years for murder

A Longwood man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for stabbing 41-year-old Ricardo Romano in front of 906 Simpson Street on the evening of Apr. 25, 2016, leading to Romano’s death. A jury found Joseph Taveras, 30, guilty of second-degree murder last November.

According to the NYPD, Taveras, who lived in the Simpson Street building where the incident occurred, stabbed Romano in the chest and arm and slashed him in the head, after an accomplice punched the victim, knocking him off a bicycle. 

Police said at the time that the stabbing was gang-related and part of a drug dispute.

Romano died at Lincoln Hospital shortly afterwards.