A Brooklyn woman was convicted Tuesday of killing her 28-year-old neighbor, dismembering the victim’s body and scattering the remains in Bay Shore and Hempstead last year.
A Suffolk County jury found Leah Cuevas, 44, guilty of second-degree murder.
Prosecutors said Cuevas killed Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, a Guyanese immigrant and mother of four, in the apartment building where the suspect and victim both had lived.
The victim was reported missing July 5. Her torso and severed legs were found in a vacant lot on the corner of Maple Avenue and Gibson Street in Bay Shore on July 8. The victim’s head and arms were found days later scattered in Hempstead.
Cuevas denied killing Browne and had told neighbors that the victim “walked off with a Jamaican man.”
Judge John Toomey is scheduled to sentence Cuevas on Jan. 14. She faces up to 25 years in prison.