DA Vance: Manuel Pinero Sentenced to 20 Years-to-Life in State Prison for Fatal Stabbing of 23-Year-Old Victim Outside Juliet Supper Club

December 3, 2014

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of MANUEL PINERO, 44, to 20 years-to-life in state prison for fatally stabbing a 23-year-old man outside the Chelsea club where the defendant worked as a promoter in 2011. On November 12, 2014, PINERO was found guilty by a jury in New York State Supreme Court of the top and only count in the indictment against him, Murder in the Second Degree. 

“Conflicts can unfortunately escalate in a moment, often times with devastating consequences,” said District Attorney Vance. “In this case, the defendant did not hesitate to use extreme violence against another individual, leading to the tragic death of a father for which he will now be held responsible. I would like to thank the jury for their service and demonstration that unconscionable acts of violence on our streets will not go unpunished.”

As proven at trial, on September 26, 2011, PINERO was working as a promoter at the Juliet Supper Club when he got into a dispute with the 23-year-old victim, Christopher Adames, outside the Chelsea venue. Following an argument, PINERO pushed Adames against the defendant’s car and fatally stabbed him in the chest and upper thigh, leaving the victim bleeding on the ground before getting into his car and fleeing the scene.

Assistant District Attorneys Christine Keenan and Bernard Eyth handled the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Armand Durastanti, Chief of Trial Bureau 40, and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division.

Defendant Information:

MANUEL PINERO, D.O.B. 2/15/1970
New York, NY


  • Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, 1 count


  • 20 years-to-life in state prison