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Posted on: April 28, 2021

Massapequa Man Sentenced to 20 Years to Life in Prison for 2019 Murder

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Ryan Lindquist stabbed victim more than 150 times

MINEOLA, N. Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Massapequa man has been sentenced today to 20 years to life in prison for the vicious murder of a man in June 2019.  

Ryan Lindquist, 23, was sentenced today before Judge Helene Gugerty to 20 years to life in prison. He pled guilty to Murder in the Second Degree (an A-I felony) on March 3, 2021. 

“This defendant brutally murdered Evan Grabelsky, stabbing him more than 150 times, and today’s sentence ensures he will no longer pose a threat to the people of Nassau County.” DA Singas said. “Mr. Grabelsky dedicated his life to helping autistic children, and we extend our deepest condolences to the his family and friends as they continue to mourn his tragic loss.”

DA Singas said that 32-year old Evan Grabelsky was discovered stabbed to death on June 1, 2019, at approximately 11:40 p.m., by his parents, who had returned home from a party. The victim was stabbed more than 150 times and was found lying naked and face down on an entry platform of the split-level house in Merrick.

A review of Grabelsky’s laptop revealed that he and Lindquist were inside the home immediately before the murder. Further investigation uncovered that the victim and defendant had sent text messages and called one another confirming their intention to meet at the deceased’s home that evening. 

A search of Lindquist’s home, approximately two weeks after the attack, uncovered a knife presumed to be used in the murder. The deceased’s DNA was later confirmed on that knife. 

Lindquist was arrested by members of the Nassau County Police Department Homicide Squad on June 15, 2019. 

Grabelsky worked as a camp director for autistic children. 

Senior Litigation Counsel Stefanie Palma of DA Singas’ Homicide Bureau prosecuted the case.


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