The ex-con who brutally knifed his wife to death in her Bronx apartment made a shocking admission after his arrest, prosecutors said: “At least now I don’t have to worry about another man f—ing my wife.”
Virgil Solis made the statement on his way to central booking, just hours after he repeatedly stabbed his wife, 53-year-old Valerie Solis Monday morning, assistant district attorney Richard Fasano said at the 58-year-old sex offender’s arraignment Tuesday.
That line drew gasps and sobs from Valerie Solis’ relatives in the courtroom.
Solis, a parolee required to wear an ankle bracelet, is accused of killing his wife at about 8:30 a.m. in her Tremont apartment on Southern Blvd.
“(He) then called several people including his parole officer and several members of the victim’s family to report to them what he had done,” Fasano said Tuesday, asking Solis be held without bail.
“He then broke his ankle monitor and then fled until he was apprehended by police in downtown New York City.”
Solis wore a white Tyvek suit and handcuffs in Bronx criminal court Tuesday. He pursed his lips, saying nothing, as he looked at his wife’s family in the audience.
He admitted to the killing in a videotaped confession, Fasano said.
“He’s guilty as hell. He’s been to every family function, he’s been around us. He’s been to our houses. He’s sat down and ate with us,” said one family member outside the courtroom. “He went to every gathering. And for this to happen is unacceptable.”
Another relative said Solis called his stepdaughter and another family member to taunt them, “telling him that he’s coming to the funeral, he’s going to get a gun, if you try to stop me, he’s going to shoot everybody.”
The relative added, “To me, he’s just trying to get off on a mental case.”
Solis, who was convicted of aggravated sexual abuse and assault in 1998, spent 10 years in prison before his transfer to another agency. He was paroled in 2016, and his address is listed as the Manhattan Psychiatric Center on Wards Island.
His lawyer, Suzanne McElwreath requested a “more reasonable” bail.
“He has been in full compliance and has been in touch with his parole officer and I would ask you for those reasons. Although I understand these are very serious charges I would ask that you consider setting much more reasonable bail,” she said. “He is someone who could benefit from getting help from the outside and fighting these charges from the outside.”
Judge Patsy Gouldbourne ordered Solis held without bail. He’ll receive medical attention and a psychological evaluation, and will be placed on suicide watch, the judge ruled.