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Thursday, June 08, 2006
New York lover killing:
Guyanese jailed for 19 years

By ALEX GINSBERG

NEW YORK POST -- A Brooklyn phone-book deliveryman will do 19 years to life in prison for savagely murdering his girlfriend, a judge ruled (Tuesday) after hearing heartbreaking words from the victim's 9-year-old daughter.

"Dear Judge," the girl wrote in a short statement read by her aunt before sentencing. "My name is Karen Princess Abigail Bailey. I am 9 years old. My mom was beautiful. I miss her very much."

The letter, written in pencil on a plain white sheet of paper, brought tears to the family of Vanessa Bailey. The immigrant from Guyana was stabbed to death by her boyfriend, Henry Jacobs, three weeks after she arrived in the United States.

At the bottom of the page, the girl turned her mother's name into an acronym, using the "N" to stand for "Nice mom and a loving mom," the "E" for "Eats and cooks good" and the "A" for "A loving mom and I will love her forever and ever."

In a closing note, the child added, "Put him away forever."

Jacobs, 38, wearing jeans and a gray sweatshirt, said nothing before receiving sentence. His lawyer, Samuel Karliner, said his client wished he could take back the bloody Oct. 17, 2004, killing inside a Lincoln Road apartment.

"He has always been remorseful for the events of that day," Karliner said.

During the trial last month, Jacobs took the stand, admitting he stabbed his 26-year-old girlfriend for whom he'd spent his life savings to help gain illegal entry to the United States.

But he argued he'd lost his wits and gone into a rage shortly after her arrival in New York when Bailey told him the relationship was over.

"Everything happened in [slow] motion," he told the jury. "I really can't remember."

The tactic generated little sympathy from the victim's loved ones.

"Is this the American dream you brought her here for?" raged aunt Evelyn Bailey in a victim-impact statement. "To be taken back to Guyana in a casket?"

Turning to face Jacobs, she called him an "ugly bastard" and demanded he meet her gaze.

But Jacobs did not.

"You are like a spider that got caught in your own web of lies," she thundered, adding that the family didn't want to hear any apologies from him.

Jurors were unconvinced by the "extreme emotional distress" argument and found him guilty of intentional murder. Justice John Leventhal could have sentenced him to as little as 15 years to life or as long as 25 years to life.

"No matter how many years I can give him, Mr. Jacobs, it's not going to erase the pain from the family's heart," Leventhal said.

"I wish I could wave a magic wand and make it all go away. I can't."

Relatives said they were hoping for the maximum, but nevertheless were at peace with the sentence.

"The judge has made his decision," said Evelyn Bailey. "Whatever decision the judge made, it's alright with me."

Edwin Bailey, the 24-year-old son of Vanessa, was one of two men who heard the commotion and pulled the murderous Jacobs off the helpless woman when she was slain.

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