A homeless man was convicted Tuesday of killing a 21-year-old man with whom he had an ongoing dispute near the Freeport day laborer hiring site two years ago.

A Nassau County jury found Henry Martinez Ramos guilty of second-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a weapon. The 26-year-old man was acquitted of trespassing

Prosecutors said Ramos stabbed the victim about 86 times in his head, face, neck, chest and hand before he dragged the victim’s body to nearby railroad tracks, where he hid it under railroad ties on Oct. 20, 2012.

Police arrested Ramos. who was living in the woods nearby, the next day.

He faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced July 7.


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