Queens man gets 14 years in prison for Yonkers restaurant slaying

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A Queens man was sentenced in White Plains County Court Wednesday to 14 years in state prison for killing a co-worker in a Yonkers restaurant. 

Francisco Nicasio-Ramirez, 23, pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in May. He also received a one-year concurrent sentence for weapons possession and will be required to serve five years of post-release supervision.

Investigators say he grabbed a kitchen knife in a fight and stabbed 54-year-old Rafael Pena during a shift at the Dia and Noche Restaurant on McLean Avenue, last October.

The victim was taken to the hospital, but later died.

Prosecutors say the slaying happened after the two got into an argument over spilt water.

Right before hearing his sentence, Nicasio-Ramirez faced the judge with tears in his eyes.

"If it was up to me, and I was able to, I would give him my life, my soul back to him so that he could live on," Nicasio-Ramirez told the judge through a translator.

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