Mahopac man gets 22 years to life for wife's murder
A Putnam County judge sentenced a Mahopac man to 22 years to life behind bars for the Dec. 2010 stabbing death of his 19-year-old wife.
Paul Amay confessed to stabbing Graciela "Gloria" Zhingri to death at her parents' home last year while their 18-month-old son Anthony sat outside in the car.
Despite 25-year-old Amay's tearful plea to Zhingri's parents and Judge James Reitz for forgiveness, saying nobody is perfect, her parents asked Reitz to show no mercy to the man her mother referred to as "the devil." Reitz told Amay there was no justification for what he did, and imposed the stiff sentence agreed to under a plea deal.
"He killed his wife, he killed the mother of his son, and for that, he deserves to spend the rest of his life in jail," said District Attorney Adam Levy.
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