Hempstead Man Convicted of Murder

A suspect was convicted Tuesday of stabbing a 28-year-old man to death in Hempstead two years ago.

A Nassau County jury found Luis Moreno guilty of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

“Mr. Moreno held his victim’s jacket to ensure that he could not flee,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.

Prosecutors said the 38-year-old stabbed Darwin Hernandez in the chest, hand, abdomen, groin and head behind a Laundromat on Clinton Street at 4:20 p.m. on March 2, 2013.

Hernandez, who died from blood loss caused by a puncture wound to his heart, was found dead nearby on Lincoln Boulevard.

Hempstead village police arrested Moreno less than a month later near where Hernandez’s body was found.

Both men called Hempstead home.

Moreno up to 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced July 15 before Judge Helene Gugerty.