Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., today announced the sentencing of GEOFFREY TRACY, 30, to 8 years in state prison for stabbing the host of the apartment he was staying in 16 times following a dispute. The victim survived stab wounds to his neck, shoulder, arms, chest and ribs. A New York State Supreme Court jury found Tracy guilty of one count of Assault in the First Degree and one count of Attempted Assault in the Second Degree on December 15, 2022.
“Geoffrey Tracy viciously stabbed his unarmed rental host, who continues to suffer significant physical and emotional damage to this day,” said District Attorney Bragg. “While we can never undo the suffering and trauma from this incident, I hope the accountability from today’s sentence can help the healing process. I thank my office’s prosecutors for steadfastly pursuing this case.”
As proven at trial, TRACY, an amateur bodybuilder, flew to New York City after being hired to dance at nightclub events by an event promoter. The event promoter made arrangements for the victim, his friend, to host TRACY at the victim’s apartment in Hell’s Kitchen for ten days. During TRACY’s stay, he and his host bickered. In texts to friends, TRACY said he was going to choke his host and that he would claim self-defense if he killed him.
On August 14, 2018, TRACY accused his host of going through his personal belongings while holding a knife from the kitchen. He held his host, who was unarmed, at knifepoint in the building while threatening to kill him. As the host tried to walk away by going to the stairwell and walking upstairs, TRACY followed him. When the host paused on the stairs, TRACY stabbed him in the chest, and in the altercation that ensued further stabbed the host in the neck, torso, and arms repeatedly. He eventually charged a second time, stabbing him in the back. The incident was recorded, in part, on TRACY’S cell phone.
TRACY then ran outside and threw the knife in a garbage can. He was eventually caught covered in blood and with cuts to the inside of the fingers on his right hand.
Assistant District Attorneys Courtney Razner and Ariel Douek (Trial Bureau 40) handled the prosecution of this case, under the supervision of Robert Ferrari (Chief of Trial Bureau 40) and Lisa DelPizzo (Chief of the Trial Division).
District Attorney Bragg also thanked Trial Preparation Assistants Laura Vorbach and William Fazzone, along with Detective Terrance Williams of the Midtown North Precinct Detective Squad and former Assistant District Attorney Jamie Kleidman.
- Assault in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count
- Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, a class E felony, one count
- Assault in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count, 8 years state prison, 5 years post-release supervision
- Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, a class E felony, one count, 1 1/3 to 4 years state prison, concurrent