Weehawken man sentenced to 24 years in state prison for killing girlfriend


A Weehawken man was sentenced to 24 years in state prison last for killing his girlfriend in June 2021, getting apprehended in Union City where he inflicted self harm.

Joseph Palacios. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Friday, September 8th, Hudson County Superior Court Judge Vincent J. Militello sentenced Joseph Palacios, 24, of Weehawken, to 24 years in New Jersey State Prison for fatally stabbing Michelle Paola Castillo Siguencia, 24, on June 19th, 2021.

Palacios pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and the sentence is subject to the No Early Release Act. The State was represented at sentencing by Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Leo Hernandez.

On Saturday, June 19, 2021, at approximately 6 p.m., the Weehawken Police Department responded to a medical emergency at 561 Hudson Ave, apartment 1.

Upon entry, officers discovered a female, later identified as Castillo Siguencia, unresponsive in the bathroom. She was pronounced dead at 6:48 p.m.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be stab wounds to the neck and the manner of death to be homicide.

The Hudson County Regional SWAT team was activated after Palacio barricaded himself in a family member’s apartment in Union City.

They made entry to the home and Palacios was taken into custody and transported to the Jersey City Medical Center for self-inflicted wounds.

At the time, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit, the Hudson County Regional SWAT Team, the Weehawken Police Department, and the Union City Police Department were credited for the investigation.

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