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Jaggarnauth gets life for parents’ slayings

Mother lived long enough to call 911

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Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:18 am, Thu Jul 24, 2014.

A Queens Village man was sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole Tuesday for the September 2011 murder of his parents as they slept.

Shane Jaggarnauth, 26, was convicted of two counts of first- and second-degree murder in May for the shooting deaths of Sugrim and Rosie Jaggarnauth in their Grayson Street home.

Wounded and with her husband dead, Rosie Jaggarnauth was able to call 911 and was talking to an operator when she was shot three more times.

Jaggarnauth was convicted after a one-month trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak, who passed sentence on Tuesday.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, in a statement issued by his office, said leniency was not called for.

“The defendant was convicted of killing his parents without warning or provocation,” Brown said. “It was a brutal and morally reprehensible crime, and the sentence meted out by the court today is appropriate to ensure that justice is served and society is protected.”

Information elicited at the trial found that Jaggarnauth and an individual who remains unidentified entered his parents’ bedroom at about 4 a.m. the day of the killings.

Sugrim Jaggarnauth was shot once at close range as he slept. Rosie Jaggarnauth was then shot once, but was able to call 911.

Brown’s statement was not clear on whether the two gunmen left the room, or just who fired the shots that killed her.

Shane Jaggarnauth subsequently called 911 himself, reporting that he had been shot in the shoulder by an intruder who also murdered his parents. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated for a nonlife-threatening bullet wound.

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