A former St. John’s lacrosse captain faces up to 25 years in prison after he was found guilty of stabbing an ex-teammate, leaving the man’s ‘intestines hanging out of his stomach’ during a house party brawl.
Matthew Stockfeder, 23, of Long Island, was found guilty on Thursday for stabbing ex-teammate and roommate Justin Corpolongo, also 23, at a house party in October 2019.
Corpolongo testified earlier this month that the brutal fight began when he arrived home from his bartending shift to a rowdy party with music blasting.
Corpolongo, whose room was beneath the area where the party was taking place, told the court that after politely asking the 20 partygoers to turn the music down and texting his friends about the noise, he ‘went upstairs and pulled the power cord out of the speaker.’
The former student, who is now a teacher, had an early morning start for work and was trying to rest.
Former lacrosse captain Matthew Stockfeder, 23, of Long Island, (pictured earlier this month) was found guilty on Thursday for stabbing ex-teammate and roommate Justin Corpolongo, also 23 at a house party in October 2019
Stockfeder outside of the Queens Criminal Court earlier this month. He faces up to 25 years in prison for the assault and is currently being house on Riker’s Island while he awaits his sentencing on April 7
Corpolongo (pictured in court earlier this month) testified earlier this month that the brutal fight began when he arrived home from his bartending shift to a rowdy party with blasting music. After the 20 guys moved the party to an unsanctioned, Stockfeder sent a series of text messages to Corpolongo, who eventually went over to the house
Corpolongo and Stockfeder got into an argument and Corpolongo threw the first punch, knocking his roommate to the ground. When Stockfeder got up, he stabbed Corpolongo twice, leaving a five-inch hole and his intestines falling out
They agreed to move the party to an unsanctioned frat house off-campus on 172nd Street and 73rd Avenue to watch Monday Night Football on TV, but the decision allegedly enraged Stockfeder, who reportedly sent a series of mocking text messages to Corpolongo.
At around midnight, Corpolongo went to the frat house and confronted Stockfeder about the texts, which resulted in a violent confrontation. Corpolongo threw a punch toward the then-captain, who fell to the ground.
After standing up, Stockfeder stabbed his roommate twice in the stomach and left a five-inch hole in Corpolongo’s small intestines.
Friends rushed the lacrosse player to New York-Presbyterian Queens, where he underwent surgery because his ‘intestines were hanging out of his stomach.’
‘One of his abs was cut in half – and that ab probably saved his life,’ his father Dominick said at the time. ‘His small intestines were sticking out at the time of the incident, and one section of the small intestine was pierced through.’
His mother told the New York Daily News that the knife ‘missed his descending aorta by millimeters.’
Corpolongo told police he did not realize what had happened until he saw his own intestines sliding out of the wound in his stomach.
Richard Sullivan, a witness, told the jury earlier this month that while at the frat house, he had watched Stockfeder grab a steak knife and stick it in his waistband.
When asked why he had a knife, the ex-lacrosse captain responded, ‘to defend myself.’
Corpolongo told police he did not realize what had happened until he saw his own intestines sliding out of the wound in his stomach (pictured in court on March 15)
The brawl happened at an unsanctioned frat house (pictured) in Queens on 172nd Street and 73rd Avenue
Sullivan also said Stockfeder ‘was holding his phone with both hands and looked like his face was buried in it.’
Assistant District Attorney Konstantinos Litourgis had argued that Stockfeder ‘antagonized’ Corpolongo in a group text.
Stockfeder’s bail was revoked on Thursday and he was sent to Riker’s Island and will be sentenced on April 7.