West New York man pleads guilty to strangling woman in 2019

Edwin Orlando Velasco-Salazar, 24, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter

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214 63rd Street in West New York, via Google Maps
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Irma Doris Contreras
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214 63rd Street in West New York, via Google Maps
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Irma Doris Contreras

A West New York man has admitted to strangling a woman in her apartment, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.

On Oct. 25, Edwin Orlando Velasco-Salazar, 24 of West New York, plead guilty to one count of first-degree aggravated manslaughter related to the death of Irma Doris Contreras. Contreras died on November 1, 2019 in West New York.

Velasco-Salazar appeared before Hudson County Superior Court Judge Vincent J. Militello and admitted to recklessly causing Contreras’ death while exhibiting an extreme indifference to human life. The state will be recommending a sentence of 20 years in New Jersey state prison subject to the No Early Release Act.

Sentencing in this case has been scheduled for January 3, 2022. 

Homicide in WNY

On Nov. 1, 2019, at approximately 3:41 a.m., members of the West New York Police Department responded to the entry vestibule of 214 63rd Street in response to a report of an unconscious female.

When officers arrived at that location, they found Contreras, 32, in the
doorway with no pulse. Contreras was transported to Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 4:20 a.m.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the Cause of death to be compression of neck and the Manner of death to be homicide.

The investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and West New York Police Department revealed Velasco-Salazar and Contreras walking into the entry vestibule of 214 63rd Street and then Velasco-Salazar walking out alone. Contreras was found in the vestibule several minutes later by three pedestrians.

Velasco-Salazar was subsequently arrested and charged by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit. The state was represented in this case by Assistant Prosecutor Barbara Drasheff of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

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