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Francisco Acevedo, Revealed as Serial Strangler by Voluntary DNA Test, Has Been Found Guilty


Note to criminals: If you voluntarily give up your DNA so that you can apply for parole and you have previously killed people, leaving DNA evidence, the cops will deny your parole application. Also, you’ll be tried for murder.

Francisco Acevedo, a 43-year-old man in prison for drunk driving, agreed to take such a test, perhaps forgetting that he’d been a serial strangler in the ’80s and ’90s in Yonkers. At least three women were his victims, linked by DNA that turned out to be Acevedo’s.

After each of the women were killed in 1989, 1991 and 1996, they were found “strangled, naked, bound at the hands and facing upward.”

In 2009, the Daily News reports, cops figured out that the DNA belonged to Acevedo, and he has now been found guilty of the more than 15-year-old murders.

When Acevedo was arrested on murder charges, “he wasn’t very happy to see us,” Detective John Geiss said last year.

Acevedo’s defense admitted that he’d had sex with the three women, two of whom were prostitutes, but denied that he’d raped and murdered them. Acevedo was acquitted of rape but will face 75 years to life when he is sentenced for the murders in January.

Man who voluntarily gave up his DNA is convicted of three cold-case murders [NYDN]

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