A Filipino national who fatally stabbed a crew member on a container ship en route from Shanghai to Los Angeles pleaded guilty Monday to a federal criminal charge.
Michael Monegro, 43, has pleaded to one federal count of committing an act of violence against a person aboard a vessel that may endanger the safe navigation of the vessel, according to the prosecutor’s office. American.
U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer has scheduled a sentencing hearing for September 12, when Monegro will face up to life behind bars, prosecutors said.
Monegro was working as a sailor aboard MSC Ravenna, a Liberian-flagged 153,000 gross ton container ship, on September 20, 2020 – as the ship was 80 nautical miles from Southern California, nearing the end of its voyage two weeks. from Shanghai to the Port of Los Angeles, according to the plea agreement.
That morning, several crew members were in a lodge on the upper deck of the ship, preparing for their shifts and waiting for their direct supervisor to provide them with their tasks for the day. Shortly after Monegro saw his direct supervisor in the hallway outside the locker room, Monegro began stabbing him with a knife as they both stood in the hallway in full view of several crew members. .
The victim grabbed hold of Monegro and both fell to the ground. Monegro then climbed on top of the victim and continued to stab him. Monegro then pulled a second knife from the victim’s suit and stabbed him with both knives, according to federal prosecutors.
The crew members attempted to intervene to stop Monegro, including throwing a trash can at him, but their actions were unsuccessful. Monegro admitted that he only stopped stabbing the victim when he became too tired to continue.
Ravenna’s captain, mate and chief engineer all arrived on the scene during the incident, and the captain convinced Monegro to get off the victim, who died on the ship from multiple stab wounds .
Monegro was convinced by the captain to walk to a conference room. After continued discussions, Monegro placed the knives on the conference room table and was escorted to his cabin.
After the incident, Monegro was confined to a cabin and crew members were assigned to guard the door, so they were unable to carry out their normal duties on the ship. Prosecutors said other crew members were traumatized upon seeing Monegro stab and kill the victim.
Federal agents arrested Monegro after the ship docked at the Port of Los Angeles a week after the fatal stabbing. He has been in federal custody since his arrest.