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A woman who claimed “the devil made her do it” was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for smothering her 20-month-old son in the bathroom of a Manhattan restaurant. Latisha Fisher, 38 years old, pleaded guilty in October in Manhattan Supreme Court to first-degree manslaughter for the death of her son, Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher, in March 2015. “Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher never reached his second birthday because of his mother’s unconscionable act,” District Attorney Cy Vance said in a statement. “While the fatal suffocation of a child at the hands of his own mother is a tragedy that can never be undone, I hope this lengthy prison sentence gives the victim’s grieving family some sense of closure.”

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Latisha Fisher to 18 years in state prison for smothering her 20-month-old son in the bathroom of a Midtown Manhattan restaurant in March 2015. On October 30, 2017, the defendant pleaded guilty in New York County Supreme Court to one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree. 

DA Vance hosted the 8th Annual Financial Crimes and Cybersecurity Symposium at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in Manhattan. At the event, District Attorney Vance was joined by Jay Clayton, Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Ian Dyson, Commissioner of the City of London Police; François Molins, Paris Prosecutor; James P. O’Neill, Commissioner of the NYPD; and John J. Miller, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter-terrorism. The Manhattan DA’s Office also released Version 3.0 of its Report on Smartphone Encryption and Public Safety.

"Just nine days after the church massacre in Texas, multiple victims have been wounded or killed by a single shooter at seven different crime scenes in Northern California, including an elementary school. It is once again abundantly clear that congressional action needs to be taken immediately to prevent the next gun violence tragedy.
"Following the shootings in Sutherland Springs and Las Vegas, prosecuting attorneys and law enforcement leaders from cities across the nation will convene in Washington, D.C. on November 28 and 29 for an emergency, bipartisan summit on gun violence. We strongly believe that our country can, and must, address the gun violence epidemic."

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Steven Hernandez to 2-to-6 years in state prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from local businesses through schemes involving refinancing and leasing agreements for copy machines. On April 21, 2017, the defendant pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Identity Theft in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, among other charges.