Queens man gets 15 years for bludgeoning man to death

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Zoltan Forai was sought by the NYPD after a 23-year-old man was found bludgeoned to death in Forest Park. (DCPI)

Zoltan Forai was sentenced to 15 years in prison for bludgeoning a 23-year-old man to death in Forest Park. (DCPI)

FLUSHING, Queens — A homeless Queens man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for kicking and bludgeoning a man to death, the Queens DA announced Thursday.

Zoltan Forai, 45, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the June 10, 2015 death of Diego Piedrahita, 23.

“The defendant has admitted to having kicked and used a rock to brutally beat to death a 23-year-old acquaintance in Forest Park,” said DA Richard Brown. “By his actions, the defendant showed a total disregard for human life and the sentence meted out by the Court is justified to keep the public safe and to punish him for this senseless crime.”

Forai kicked Piedrahita  in the head and body several times at Flushing’s Forest Park, prosecutors said. He also struck the victim with a rock several times. Police originally believed Piedrahita was beaten to death with a tree branch. Piedrahita died at the scene with numerous skull fractures.

Police were on the lookout for a bearded suspect, so Forai shaved to disguise himself, prosecutors said. Forai was spotted with an open beer and arrested for drinking in public. Hours after his release, he was arrested again for the murder.