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Psych patient gets 17 years to life for brutal shower killing
By Emily Saul
July 12, 2016 | 3:45pm

Spence Andrews
Photo: Natan Dvir

A 23-year-old psych​iatric​ patient was sentenced to 17 years to life in prison Tuesday for the ​murder of another man in the showers at a Brooklyn hospital.

Spence Andrews beat 47-year-old Conrad Delimar before strangling him with a towel in a private shower stall at Interfaith Medical Center in 2013.

Andrews, 20 years old at the time of the murder, had been admitted by his family just one day earlier because of erratic behavior and a suicide attempt.

“The victim was brutally beaten death, he suffered 13 lacerations to the face and head, a skull fracture, and was strangled and pulverized,” Assistant District Attorney Iris Das reminded Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Miriam Cyrulnik.

But defense attorney Bernard Udell painted a different picture, of a young man with an unstable youth who “was at his worst” at the time of the murder.

“The nature of the crime shows this is a person who had no control,” Udell said. “He did not know what he was doing.”

While Andrews and Delimar had to be separated after a shouting match hours before the slaying, they shared a peaceful game of dominos right before the duo entered the showers unsupervised by staff.

The incident was uncovered after a hospital nurse noticed Andrews, soaking wet, making a telephone call. The defendant later claimed that he attacked Delimar because he had groped him.

“Two individuals should never, never, never have been together in this private shower room without supervision,” Udell said Tuesday.

Andrews had faced up to 25 years to life in prison on the charge of second degree murder.

“I apologize to Delimar’s family for their loss,” the trembling defendant told the Judge. “And I apologize to my family for all the pain, grief, and struggles I have put them through.”

Judge Cyrulnik appeared moved, noting for the record that she had read the pile of letters submitted on Andrew’s behalf by former classmates, teachers, and a principal.

“There are no winners here,” she said. “This was unquestionably a life-altering event for everyone concerned. But I don’t believe justice would be served by robotically sentencing this young man to the maximum.”

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said he felt “justice has been served,” with the sentence.

The defendant’s family cried softly in the pews as the court informed Andrews of his right to appeal.

Andrews turned to reveal a giant cross around his neck as unidentified family members shouted “love you!” before he was lead out.
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