WHITE PLAINS, NY – Florida resident Christopher Gonzalez, 41, was sentenced on Friday to 20 years to life in prison for the 2005 death of Yonkers resident Angel Serbay, who was 25 years old at the time of her death. Westchester County District Attorney Miriam Rocah said “Angel Serbay was murdered and inhumanely left on the side of the road, and now 18 years later we have gotten justice for her family, friends, and community,” after the sentencing, adding “Today’s sentence holds this defendant accountable for his heinous crime.”
The Westchester County Cold Case Bureau of the DA’s office worked diligently on the case, according to Rocah.
On September 3, 2005, Christopher Gonzalez, 41, strangled Serbay to death and disposed of her body in a sheet on the shoulder of the Sprain Brook Parkway in Greenburgh, where she was discovered by a passerby who contacted the New York State Police.
An investigation conducted jointly by the New York State Police and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) forensically linked the victim’s death to a 2000 Bronx cold case, and the defendant’s DNA ultimately connected him to both murders. The defendant was located in Florida by the NYPD and New York State Police and extradited to the Bronx on December 8, 2017. The defendant, who was in the custody of the NYC Department of Corrections, was arrested on his charges in Westchester County on May 16, 2019.
On January 18, 2023, the defendant pleaded guilty to murder for the death of Serbay.
In a statement read in court, the victim’s mother said: “While I am grateful that her murderer, Christopher Gonzalez, was eventually caught and am thankful that law enforcement never gave up on catching him, the years of waiting have taken a toll on me and have been excruciating…I do not forgive Christopher Gonzalez. I believe him to be an evil, ruthless, soulless man.”