A former Brooklyn construction superintendent has been sentenced to 27 years to life in prison for the 2017 murder of his replacement.

Keith Floyd, 44, was convicted in February 2023 of strangling Daniel Rivera, hired to replace Floyd, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office , and tried to cover up the crime by burying Rivera’s body in an unmarked grave outside Floyd’s grandmother’s home. in the press release.

Describing the murder as “senseless” and “cold-blooded,” District Attorney Gonzalez said a long prison sentence would make the community safer and ensure Floyd paid dearly for his callous and horrific crime the price.

After a jury trial, Floyd was found guilty of second-degree murder, first-degree obstruction of prosecution and concealing a human corpse.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Rhonda Ziomaida Tomlinson delivered the sentence.

On Sept. 27, 2017, Floyd strangled Rivera near 146 Grove Street in Bushwick, according to evidence presented during the trial. Rivera, 41, who was an executive at a construction management company at the time, was hired to replace Floyd after he was fired in April 2017 following his arrest for gun possession.

Floyd also faced eviction from his apartment at 91 Himrod Street in September 2017, and Rivera would take over the company-owned apartment once Floyd vacated it.

Prosecutors presented evidence that in the days leading up to his deportation, Floyd began communicating with Rivera by phone and text message. On the day of the murder, Floyd exchanged text messages with the victim for seven hours. A detailed timeline of their interactions was established via video and surveillance footage.

At around 3 p.m., Floyd left his apartment at 91 Himrod Street and walked about five blocks to 146 Grove Street, one of the properties where Rivera worked. Floyd killed Rivera at the location about 40 minutes later. Later that night, Floyd and his 41-year-old sister, Adrienne Floyd, returned to their Grove Street residence, wrapped the victim’s body in a garbage bag, loaded it into a shopping cart and shipped it to the hospital. To Floyd’s apartment.

In the early hours of September 30, 2017, Floyd used the victim’s mobile phone to text Rivera’s boss, falsely claiming that Rivera had resigned to look for a new job. Later that morning, surveillance video captured Floyd pushing a shopping cart with the victim’s body out of his apartment, down the block to his grandmother’s home at 54 Himrod Street, and There the bodies were buried.

On October 5, 2017, the case took a major turn when the NYPD received an anonymous report of a buried body at 54 Himrod Street. Detectives found Rivera’s body the next day in a shallow grave. The victim was wrapped in a plastic garbage bag with clear plastic garbage tightly wrapped around his head and neck. The New York City Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be homicide asphyxiation.

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