DISTRICT ATTORNEY VANCE ANNOUNCED THE PLEA IN 2007 MURDER OF BOITUMELO MCCALLUM

District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the guilty plea of MICHAEL CORDERO to Manslaughter in the First Degree. He will be sentenced to 25 years in prison on April 28, 2010.

MICHAEL CORDERO, 26, admitted in court today to strangling his girlfriend, Boitumelo McCallum, in her apartment at 4 Washington Square Village in Greenwich Village. CORDERO hit Ms. McCallum, who was 20 years old, strangled her, and then wrapped a towel around her head and face and knotted it, according to court documents. CORDERO then left Ms. McCallum’s body on the floor in her bedroom. CORDERO stole Ms. McCallum’s camera, laptop, cell phone, and knapsack.

“The death of this bright young woman was a tragedy,” said District Attorney Vance. “Although violent crime has thankfully declined overall, domestic violence has resisted that downward trend, often with fatal consequences. This senseless murder reminds us that we must do all we can to prevent violence in the home as vigorously as we fight crime in our streets. Our young adults need to understand the boundaries of appropriate relationships and know they should not have to tolerate physical or emotional abuse.”

Ms. McCallum’s body was discovered on August 5, 2007. CORDERO was arrested on August 8, 2007 and charged with the homicide.

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Manslaughter in the First Degree is a class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison

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