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Whitestone Painter Sentenced In Hammer Attack On Wife

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Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2003 12:00 am

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced on Tuesday that a 50-year-old Whitestone house painter has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the near fatal hammer attack on his estranged wife inside their Queens home.

The defendant is also facing charges of conspiring to kill his wife, her sister and a male friend while he was incarcerated at Rikers Island.

“The defendant intentionally attempted to cause the death of his wife in a vicious domestic violence attack. The long prison term imposed by the court is just punishment for a terrible crime and will help protect the victim and society from further threats and violence,” Brown said.

The defendant is George Gouvatsos, 50, of 7-20 157th Street in Whitestone, a house painter, who was convicted on September 15th of attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first and second degree, criminal contempt in the first degree, aggravated criminal contempt and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree before Queens Supreme Court Judge William M. Erlbaum, who imposed the sentence.

According to trial testimony, on September 10, 2002 and September 30, 2002, the defendant attacked his wife, a 47-year-old registered nurse, who worked at Metropolitan Hospital in Manhattan, in their residence.

On September 10, 2002, the defendant kicked his wife in her legs, struck her in the face and head with his fists and threatened to kill her. On September 30, 2002, the defendant struck his wife repeatedly in the head with a rubber mallet causing her to sustain deep lacerations of the skull, a broken finger and other injuries.

The victim suffers from permanent headaches and faces additional plastic surgery for scarring caused by the second attack. The defendant and his wife, a native of the Dominican Republic, had been married for 15 years and have a 13-year-old son.

District Attorney Brown said that the defendant has been additionally charged with conspiring, while behind bars on Rikers Island and awaiting trial for the attempted murder of his wife, to arrange the killing of his wife, her sister and her male friend for $5,000.

He had worked out a deal with an individual he believed was a contract killer but who was actually an undercover detective.

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