The chess ace who bludgeoned and stabbed a world-famous psychology professor to death with a hammer inside the man’s $2.2 million Brooklyn home has been sentenced to 22 years to life in prison.
Mirzo Atadzhanov, 32, was convicted on Thursday for murdering Jeremy D. Safran, 66, on May 7, 2018 after breaking into the professor’s Prospect Park South home, according to the the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.
He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on November 4, 2021.
Atadzhanov stabbed Safran, a professor at the New School in New York City, twice in the chest and three times in the stomach as the man was working out in the basement. He reportedly claimed at the time to have done so in self-defense during an argument about immigration.
Atadzhanov also claimed he had been ‘randomly’ asked to do some electrical work, but police later said the two men didn’t know each other, according to the New York Daily News.
He was reportedly found by police, covered in blood inside the closet in Safran’s basement, after Safran’s wife, Jennifer, called 911.
Atadzhanov, who characterized himself as both a professional chess player and a coach, was eventually charged with murder and burglary, according to authorities.
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Mirzo Atadzhanov, center, being sentenced to 22 years for murdering Jeremy Safran in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Thursday, March 3, 2022
Pictured: Atadzhanov, 32, at sentencing in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Thursday
The Memorial service for renowned psychology profession Jeremy Safran, pictured, held at the New School in New York
Pictured: Jeremy and Jennifer Safran. Jennifer had called 911 after her husband was stabbed and bludgeoned to death inside their Brooklyn home back in 2018
‘This defendant broke into the victim’s home and when confronted, senselessly stabbed him to death,’ District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said, per Pix 11.
‘Hopefully, today’s sentence brings a measure of solace to his heartbroken family. The defendant has now been held accountable for his actions.’
Atadzhanov was also allegedly surrounded by several tools when he was found, including a hammer, Pix 11 …….