DA Vance: Edwin Faulkner and Juan Carlos Martinez-Herrera Each Sentenced to 25 Years-to-Life in State Prison for 2012 Chelsea Murder


January 20, 2016

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of EDWIN FAULKNER, 33, and JUAN CARLOS MARTINEZ-HERRERA, 35, to 25 years-to-life in state prison for the 2012 murder of John Laubach in his Chelsea apartment. On October 21, 2015 a New York State Supreme Court jury found the defendants guilty of the top count in the indictment Murder in the Second Degree, as well as Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Kidnapping in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree. 

“The defendants in this case displayed an utter disregard for human life,” said District Attorney Vance. “After kidnapping, murdering, and robbing John Laubach, they went straight to a bank and pawn shop in an effort to further profit from their crimes, before fleeing to Florida in an attempt to escape arrest. Thanks to the work of my Office’s prosecutors, they must now take responsibility for their horrendous crimes.”

As proven at trial, on the morning of March 2, 2012, FAULKNER and MARTINEZ-HERRERA entered the West 22nd Street apartment of 57-year-old John Laubach. While inside the apartment, FAULKNER and MARTINEZ-HERRERA bound and gagged Mr. Laubach, killing him. The defendants later left the apartment in possession of the victim’s belongings, including a laptop computer, jewelry, and the victim’s ATM card. Subsequently, a concerned friend of Laubach’s discovered his body inside his apartment several hours after the defendants’ left the apartment.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. on March 2, 2012, video from a Chase Bank on 14th Street and 7th Avenue showed MARTINEZ-HERRERA unsuccessfully attempting to use the victim’s debit card to withdraw money from an ATM. The defendants then went to a pawn shop on 7th Avenue and sold a piece of jewelry belonging to the victim. On March 7, 2012, carrying three suitcases filled with the victim’s property, the defendants fled to Florida, where they were arrested ten days later. 

Assistant District Attorney Lanita Hobbs, Deputy Chief of Trial Bureau 80, and Assistant District Attorney Juan Abreu handled the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kerry O’Connell, Chief of Trial Bureau 80, and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Assistant District Attorney Harrison Schweiloch, Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi, Assistant District Attorney Larry Glasser, Trial Preparation Assistant Isabelle Glimcher and former Trial Preparation Assistant Pia Freedman assisted with the case. 

District Attorney Vance thanked Detective Geraldo Rivera of the NYPD’s 10th Precinct and the Orlando Police Department for their assistance with the case.

Defendant Information:

EDWIN FAULKNER, D.O.B. 2/25/1982  
Brooklyn, NY     

Convicted: 
•    Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, one count
•    Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class C felony, one count
•    Kidnapping in the First Degree, a class A felony, one count
•    Robbery in the First Degree, a class B felony, two counts

Sentenced:
•    25 years-to-life in state prison

JUAN CARLOS MARTINEZ-HERRERA, D.O.B 10/1/1980
Bronx, NY

Convicted: 
•    Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, one count
•    Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class C felony, one count
•    Kidnapping in the First Degree, a class A felony, one count
•    Robbery in the First Degree, a class B felony, two counts

Sentenced:
•    25 years-to-life in state prison