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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.

virginia colsey April 23, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Only 22 years ??
tony chestnut April 23, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Im so confused. Last week someone got 7 yrs(and a 2 million cash settlement!!!!!!!) for burning someone all over their body and now this creep faces 22 yrs???? All victims are serving life sentences at the hands of these fools. Maybe crime does pay. Shame on our legal system for allowing this.
Chris April 23, 2012 at 08:19 PM
This man viciously ended a young woman's life for no reason. He should never, ever get out of prison. He took a life, he should lose his freedom forever.
Paul Remenar April 23, 2012 at 09:20 PM
they should bring back the death penalty for cases like this cold blooded murder and now we the the tax payers have to pay for free room and board for this man for 22 years when we have men woman and children living homeless what is wrong here
Laureen Motto Gallo April 23, 2012 at 10:48 PM
The judicial system in this country is a JOKE! This creep gets only 22 years while Jami's family gets life! He should never see the light of day, and may he rot in prison for the rest of his pathetic life...
Jimmy April 23, 2012 at 11:55 PM
22 years to life. It is now our job to see he does not get out after 22 years. This b**tard doesn't deserve one ounce of happiness. I hope he dies in jail!
Linda April 24, 2012 at 12:53 AM
I agree with all the above comments...Stay tuned 22 years from now when he comes out and kills again...
Walt April 24, 2012 at 01:54 AM
according to the article it's 22 MAX. He could be out well before he gets to 22 years. Life is cheap in NY.
Jimmy April 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Lau faces 22 years to life in prison for second-degree murder when sentenced June 22 by state Supreme Court Justice William A. Kelly at the Rockland County Courthouse in New City. According to LoHud.
Matt Foley April 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM
The article is wrong. The sentence is 22 years to LIFE. He is not eligible for parole until the first 22 years are up. However, it is very rare that a murderer does the minimum. The max he could have received was 25 years to life. So for three years, the family was spared the horror of having to go through this trial. Bottom line is - he won't be out in 22, so don't sweat it folks.
Mike Hirsch April 24, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I'm not a believer, but I like what the Old Testament says about "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." I say string him up!
Ken McQuade April 24, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I say put him in a pen with Razor and King and let the K-9's finish him !
Clarkstown Citizen April 24, 2012 at 02:01 PM
WHUD radio has been reporting it all morning as 22 years to life. I agree with what everyone else on here has said. Why did NY and all the other states who have, eliminate capital punishment?
Chris April 24, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Perhaps he will meet the same fate as Jeffrey Dahmer. Better yet, maybe he will be found swaying from a bedsheet.
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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