Nicholas Brooks, the former boyfriend of swimwear designer Sylvie Cachay, was found guilty of her murder Thursday by a jury in New York State Supreme Court.
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Cachay’s strangled body was found in a Soho House bathtub on Dec. 9, 2010. The 33-year-old designer and Brooks checked into the Meatpacking District hotel and private club hours before her half-clothed body was discovered submerged in an overflowing bathtub.
Convicted of second-degree murder, Brooks, 27, is expected to be sentenced Aug. 26 and could face up to life in prison.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said, “I hope that this verdict and the lengthy prison term the defendant faces lend some sense of closure to Ms. Cachay’s loved ones.”
Brooks’ attorney, Jeffrey Hoffman, did not respond to requests for comment at press time.
Noting that 1,100 women in the U.S. were murdered by a husband or boyfriend in 2010, Vance said, “Domestic violence victims all too frequently become homicide victims. Sylvie Cachay suffered a terrible death at the hands of a man who claimed to love her.”
At the time of her death, Cachay worked in design for Anne Cole swimwear. From 2006 to 2008, she ran her own swimwear label, called Syla.
Brooks is the son of Academy Award-winning “You Light Up My Life” composer Joseph Brooks, an accused rapist who took his own life in 2011.