flatlands joshua simser gets 20 years for brutal stabbing murder

Flatlands flayer gets 20-to-life: Stabbed victim 29 times, hid body in own bedroom

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A Flatlands man got at least 20 years in the slammer for stabbing an acquaintance to death and hiding the body in the bedroom of his E. 54th Street home last year, officials announced on Dec. 3.

Kings County Supreme Court Justice Alan Marrus sentenced Joshua Simser, 25, to 20 years to life for puncturing 41-year-old Rufino Sanchez repeatedly in the head, neck, and body on April 19, 2014. Simser cut the acquaintance over an argument — now he’ll have time to reflect on the rash move, the county’s top lawman said.

“This defendant brutally stabbed the victim 29 times and took his life in the process,” said District Attorney Ken Thompson. “He will now have many years to think about how he let a simple dispute lead him to commit a senseless murder.”

Sanchez was at Simser’s apartment near Avenue N on April 15 when the pair became embroiled in an argument and Simser unleashed hell, though it’s unclear what they were quarreling over, officials said. Bizarrely, Simser stuffed Sanchez’s body into a storage container, which he left to rot in his room for four days before confessing the killing to his boss, who subsequently notified police, prosecutors said.

Simser’s lawyer claimed after the arrest that he may have been trying to protect himself.

“It appears there are elements of self-defense that may come into play here,” attorney Hermann Walz told this paper last year.

The judge did not hand down the maximum 25 to life, acknowledging that Simser cooperated fully with investigators, the public defender said.

Simser plans to appeal the sentence with private counsel, Walz said.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 2:24 am, December 4, 2015
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That guy says:
I totally went to school with this guy, he used to live in Texas, we went to twin creeks middle school. He once tried to buy a pair of trip pants my friend. then he asked for them to be worn but not washed. Then i read what they were "doing" in his apartment. They were being gay.
Oct. 21, 2016, 5:41 pm
Jordon murray from Lexington woods says:
I grew up with the guy he was often bullied and pushed around and struggled with self identity I felt bad for the guy really but he was always had a dark sense of humor we went to twin creeks together and hung out often in later years before he moved it's sad to see him in this situation when to me he seemed like a loyal and good friend and the comment before this one had to be either of two people ryan mcoulogh gay self of josh gorsette which is super ——ty of them
Sept. 23, 2017, 3:19 am
Rachel from Spring says:
Funny how the gay ones call him gay. Your right it was one or the other when it comes to that comment before. Josh is a loyal trusted friend and extremely smart.
July 18, 4:51 pm
Tee from Timberlane says:
I knew him for a little while when he was graduating. I don't think he deserves this and he had to have been pushed. Hi Jordon the person that made that first comment is an ass and will be followed by bad luck. Prayers are with you Joshua.
Sept. 17, 10:23 pm

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