Broadway Dancer Gets 20 Years for Strangling Boyfriend

Former ‘Spiderman’ Dancer Killed Boyfriend in Bronx Brawl

BRONX- A former Broadway dancer admitted to beating and strangling his boyfriend to death inside their Bronx apartment. Now he will spend the next 20 years in prison for the crime. 

Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2016 strangulation of a 27-year-old man with whom he was living in the Bronx.

District Attorney Clark said, “The defendant killed his boyfriend, whom he had been in a relationship with for several months. We hope today’s sentence brings some peace to the victim’s family.”

Clark said the defendant, Marcus Bellamy, 35, who was living with the victim at 104 West 174th Street at the time of the killing, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and 5 years post-release supervision by Bronx Supreme Court Justice John Carter. Bellamy pleaded guilty to first-degree Manslaughter on February 20, 2019. 

Bellamy had been a dancer in the Broadway production of “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.” 

According to the investigation, in the late afternoon of August 19, 2016, inside the victim’s apartment at 101 West 174th Street, the defendant, a Broadway dancer, beat and strangled Bernardo Almonte, causing his death. After the murder, the defendant wrote a post on social media related to the crime in which he asked for forgiveness. Bellamy then told a neighbor that he had killed Almonte. The neighbor called the NYPD and the defendant was arrested shortly afterwards.

The victim sustained injuries to his larynx, fractures to his hyoid bone and had bite marks in the area between his shoulder and chest. Almonte was also found with signs of struggle and bruises around his body. 

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