A 69-year-old Staten Island woman pleaded guilty Monday to the 2014 murder of her husband, reports CBS New York.
Antoinetta Baldassarre pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree for the beating death of her husband, Frank Baldassarre, who she told police had been abusing her.
As part of her plea deal, Baldassarre is expected to serve 15 years in prison and five years post release supervision. She will be formally sentenced on May 30.
If the case had gone to trial and Baldassarre was convicted, she could have faced 25 years.
According to CBS News, in October 2014 Baldassarre beat her 80-year-old husband to death with a crowbar then set a fire in a car that was in their garage.
When firefighters arrived at the home and searched for victims of the fire, they found the husband’s dead body in the bathtub. Police say he died from blunt-force trauma to the head and body, according to New York Daily News.
They found Baldassarre in the garage with her hands tied in duct tape. She has been accused of attempting to make the scene look like a home invasion gone bad.
Baldassarre later told the police that she was “sick and tired of [her husband’s] abuse.”
When Judge William Garnett told Baldassarre that she should expect a sentence of at least 15 years, she said that she had already done time while she was married to her abusive husband.
I already did 46 years.
District Attorney Michael E. McMahon released a statement following the plea.
“This defendant has pled guilty and will be held accountable for the violent and brutal crime she committed. We hope that this disposition can give some peace and closure to the victim’s remaining family.”