Man Pleads Guilty in Elizabeth Slaying

An Elizabeth man has pled guilty to fatally stabbing a local man in October of 2021, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Elizabeth Police Director Earl Graves, and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca jointly announced today.

Alexis Mondesi, 50, pled guilty to first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter before the Honorable Candido Rodriguez, Jr. yesterday in the stabbing death of 21-year-old Yonatan Alexander Vasquez-Torres of Elizabeth.

Shortly before 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 10, 2021, Elizabeth Police Officers responded to the 300 block of Center Street and found Vasquez-Torres, who had sustained a fatal stab wound, according to Assistant Prosecutors Bryan Tiscia and Jillian Reyes, who are prosecuting the case. 

An investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force, the Elizabeth Police Department and the Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, resulted in the identification of Mondesi and led to his capture and arrest.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 8, 2023, before Judge Rodriguez, at which time Mondesi faces a sentence of up to 23 years in State Prison, with the requirement that he serve at least 85% of his term before the possibility of parole.