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Eric Lau Admits Guilt In Teacher's Slaying In Valley Cottage

He faces a maximum of 22 years in prison for murder of his neighbor, gym teacher Jami Erlich, in 2009.

After more than two years since the slaying of popular gym teacher of Valley Cottage, her neighbor has pleaded guilty to her murder.

said , 34, now faces a maximum of 22 years in prison for the brutal Nov. 29, 2009, killing of Erlich in her townhouse unit.

The murder stunned residents of many communities in Rockland, where was well-known as a runner at Rockland Lake State Park and was very popular as a teacher in Suffern. The killing sparked a manhunt that led to Lau's arrest by Clarkstown police on Lansdale Drive in New City at about 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2009.

Since then, lawyers for Lau had been attempting to have him declared mentally unfit to stand trial at the Rockland County Courthouse in New City. That bid ended with Judge William Kelly deciding that Lau is fit to stand trial.

Lau is being held in the Rockland County Correctional Facility in New City, where he has been charged several times with assault in connection with violent incidents with corrections officers.

Lau, of 1 Church Lane, Apartment 1-F, Valley Cottage, pleaded guilty to the top count of the indictment against him charging, him with second-degree murder.

Lau is scheduled to be sentended on June 22. The prosecution was led by Executive Assistant District Attorney Stephen Moore and Supervising Assistant District Attorney Dominic Crispino.

Jeanine Scaccio April 24, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I feel cheated. I served on the grand jury that indicted this idiot, and after looking at all the gore and hearing the play-by-play, I cannot believe that he walks at age 56, while he is fully capable of murdering again.
VinnyfromCongers April 25, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Because New York is a one party state. You only elect liberals, so all politicians are liberal no matter what party they are in. The next layer is the liberal judges and lawyers churned out by NYU, Pace and Columbia.
Chris April 25, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Don't worry, God will make sure everyone pays in the end.
Chris April 25, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I personally like Psalm 37:10
S.Diamond June 21, 2012 at 01:55 AM
This when public execution is warranted. If it deters just 1 potential crime it's worth it.

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