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Man Accused in Stabbing Spree Pleads Guilty

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A man accused of killing four people and wounding four others in a 28-hour rampage across New York City has pleaded guilty to murder and other charges.

Maksim Gelman entered the plea Wednesday in Brooklyn.

He was arrested in February following the rampage that began with a family argument. Authorities say it stretched from Brooklyn to Manhattan, and included killing a relative and acquaintances, running over a pedestrian, carjacking and other violence.

Court documents filed earlier this year claim that after his arrest, the Ukrainian-born Gelman told police he expected to beat the charges and spend only a few years in a mental hospital.

His attorney has described his mental state as "fragile."

Gelman, who was arrested in the Times Square subway station February 12, shouted that it "was a setup" as he was led from a police station to court.

Gelman's stepfather, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, was stabbed numerous times. The 54-year-old was found by cops in his Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, home.

Following a call to 911, cops found the bodies of  20-year-old Yelena Bulchenko, and her mother, 56-year-old Anna Bulchenko, several blocks away.

Gelman allegedly fled the scene in a stolen Lexus. He then allegedly carjacked a second vehicle and stabbed the driver before hitting a pedestrian.

With the Associated Press

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