Man Sentenced in Killing of Dix Hills Woman

A Bay Shore man was sentenced Thursday in the strangulation death of his girlfriend from Dix Hills.

Darren Mansfield, 23, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree strangulation in the death of Frania Espinal, 22 in November 2020.

He was arrested in her death in April 2021.

Mansfield was sentenced to 30 years in State Supreme Court in Riverhead.

“What is deplorable about this case is that this defendant was released without bail when he killed Ms. Espinal, despite an arrest for strangling and nearly killing another woman who had the courage to report him to authorities after she escaped,” said District Attorney Ray Tierney. “While I am District Attorney, we will not allow dangerous defendants to remain at liberty where they can harm the public. How dangerous does an individual have to be before they are held in on bail? This defendant deserves every year of his prison sentence.”

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