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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
July 11, 2013


Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the trial conviction of NICHOLAS BROOKS, 27, by a jury in New York State Supreme Court of the top and only count in the indictment, Murder in the Second Degree, for strangling and drowning his girlfriend, Sylvie Cachay, in December 2010. BROOKS is expected to be sentenced on August 26, 2013.

“Domestic violence victims all too frequently become homicide victims. Sylvie Cachay suffered a terrible death at the hands of a man who claimed to love her,” said District Attorney Vance. “In 2010, nearly 1,100 women were murdered nationwide by a husband or boyfriend – and every death was a complete and utter tragedy, forever felt by the victim’s family, friends, and community. I would like to thank the members of the jury for their work in this harrowing case of domestic violence. I hope that this verdict and the lengthy prison term the defendant faces lend some sense of closure to Ms. Cachay’s loved ones.”

As proven at trial, shortly after 12:30 a.m. on December 9, 2010, BROOKS and his 33-year-old girlfriend checked into a room at Soho House, a hotel and private members club located at 29-35 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan. Between approximately 12:30 a.m. and 2:15 a.m., BROOKS strangled the victim, and forcibly drowned her in their hotel room’s bathtub.

At approximately 2:10 a.m., a guest staying on a lower floor of Soho House reported to hotel management that water was leaking through the ceiling of that guest’s room. A hotel employee investigating the source of the leak later entered Ms. Cachay’s room and discovered her half-clothed body submerged in the overflowing bathtub. Emergency medical personnel at the scene pronounced the victim dead at approximately 3:30 a.m.

Assistant District Attorneys Joel Seidemann, Senior Trial Counsel for Trial Bureau 50; Jordan Arnold, Senior Investigative Counsel; and Rachana Pathak handled the prosecution of this case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Warren Murray, Chief of Trial Bureau 50, and Executive Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, Chief of the Trial Division.

Investigative Analyst Samantha Salkin, Trial Preparation Assistant Jesse Greenwald, Engineering Unit Supervisor Marie Venticinque, and intern Sean Murphy assisted with this case, as did members of the District Attorney's Office's Visual Evidence Unit, High Technology Analysis Unit, and Investigations Bureau.

District Attorney Vance thanked retired NYPD Detectives Thomas Jones and Robert Moller, as well as members of the 6th Precinct Detective Squad, the Manhattan South Homicide Squad, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for their assistance with this case. 

Defendant Information:

New York, NY


  • Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, one count