Alejandro Vargas-Diaz killed Albert Luis Rodriguez-Lopez

Alejandro Vargas-Diaz, left inset, and Albert Luis Rodriguez-Lopez. (Vargas-Diaz mugshot from Suffolk County District Attorney, Rodriguez-Lopez photo and pool hall screenshots from Eyewitness News ABC7NY)

A 41-year-old man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and other charges for the 2018 fatal shooting of a 27-year-old father of three, an acquaintance from their native Dominican Republic, after an argument at a pool hall in Long Island, New York, degraded into bloodshed.

Alejandro Vargas-Diaz pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and other charges for the 2018 fatal shooting of Albert Luis Rodriguez-Lopez at DMB Billiards in Port Jefferson, according to a news release from Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney.

“For five years, the relatives and loved ones of Mr. Rodriguez-Lopez have waited for justice for this senseless murder. Today, with his admission of guilt, justice has been served,” Tierney said in a statement. “While the defendant may have prolonged his freedom by hiding out in another state, it was only a matter of time before the law caught up with him, and now, he is being held to account for his actions.”

It went down on July 22, 2018. During the argument, the victim punched Vargas-Diaz in the face, knocking him to the ground, prosecutors said.


Alejandro Vargas-Diaz killed Albert Luis Rodriguez-Lopez

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