An ex-con who stabbed a homeless man to death inside a Bronx park turned himself in Saturday, more than four years after the grisly crime, police said.
Eugene Villani, 41, walked into the 50th Precinct stationhouse in Kingsbridge at 1:15 p.m. and admitted to stabbing Efijenio Deletorre, multiple times in the chest inside Van Cortlandt Park on June 27, 2013, cops said.
Deletorre was a park regular who collected and sold lost golf balls, The Riverdale Press reported after the killing.
In a videotaped confession, Villani claimed the 62-year-old victim was trying to rob him. He also told cops where he hid the murder weapon, police said.
Villani is charged with murder and weapons possession, cops said.
He served two years in prison for attempted assault from 2014 to 2016, according to the New York State Department of Correction website.
Before that, he was behind bars for six years for attempted burglary, state records show.
In between those prison stints, Villani was incarcerated in Florida from 2002 to 2011, according to Florida’s Department of correction website.
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