D.A. Vance Announces Trial Conviction For Murder of 43-Year-Old Woman Found Strangled in Midtown Hotel Room

February 6, 2019

Defendant Previously Convicted and Sentenced to 25 Years-to-Life for Similar Crime in Brooklyn

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the trial conviction of JOSEPH DANCLAIR, 40, for murdering 43-year-old Antoinette Marin in a Midtown hotel room in 2015. A New York Supreme Court jury found the defendant guilty of the sole count in the indictment against him: Murder in the Second Degree. He is expected to be sentenced on February 28, 2019.

“As a jury concluded in less than four hours of deliberation, Joseph Danclair committed an abominable crime when he beat and strangled Antoinette Marin to death in a Midtown hotel room,” said District Attorney Vance. “Ms. Marin suffered a brutal, agonizing death at the hands of this defendant, and because of his violent conduct, this mother of four was stolen from her children and loved ones. I would like to thank my office’s prosecutors for securing this conviction and for bringing this defendant’s murderous spree – one that extended from Midtown Manhattan to Williamsburg, Brooklyn – to an end.”

As proven at trial, at approximately 4 a.m. on September 8, 2015, DANCLAIR checked into a West 38th Street hotel room with 43-year-old Antoinette Marin, whom he had first met a few days earlier. DANCLAIR choked Ms. Marin before he left the hotel at approximately 2 p.m. that afternoon. A hotel clerk discovered the victim’s body lying face-down on the room’s bed hours after DANCLAIR’s departure.

On November 14, 2018, DANCLAIR was sentenced to 25 years-to-life in prison for similarly murdering a woman at a hotel in East Williamsburg less than two months before murdering Ms. Marin.

Assistant D.A.s Maxine Rosenthal, Senior Trial Counsel for Trial Bureau 80, and Jennifer Abreu, also of Trial Bureau 80, handled the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant D.A. Lanita Hobbs, Chief of Trial Bureau 80, and Executive Assistant D.A. John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Deputy Chief Investigator Jose Flores also provided valuable assistance with the case.

District Attorney Vance thanked NYPD Detective Matthew Forger of the Midtown South Precinct.


Defendant Information:

JOSEPH DANCLAIR, D.O.B. 10/19/1978

Brooklyn, NY


  • Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, one count