A 54-year-old Long Island City resident was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Dec. 21 for murdering his stepdaughter and attempting to kill his estranged wife in 2011.
According to the Queens District Attorney’s office, Guerino Annarumma opened fire on the victims in the doorway of their Astoria home on the day the estranged couple’s divorce trial was set to begin in Queens Supreme Court.
Last month, the defendant pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, second-degree attempted murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
According to the criminal charges, Annarumma rented a car with New Jersey plates on the morning of Dec. 5 in 2011, and drove to the 38th Street residence of his estranged wife, Olga Annarumma, 57, and sat and waited for her, armed with a .380 semiautomatic handgun.
When she stepped out to walk her dog sometime before 9 a.m., the defendant confronted her and threw her to the ground and kicked her in the face.
He then dragged her to her door and rang the bell. When her daughter, Valeria Kuzmina Lowery, 22, opened the door, Annarumma stepped inside and shot both women.
He then proceeded to strike Olga in the head and Lowery in both the head and body.
Annarumma fled the scene and disposed of his weapon by putting it in a trash bag at the curb on 35th Avenue.
Both women were taken to a Queens hospital, where Lowery later died from her wounds.
Olga was left blinded and cognitively impaired by the shooting.
“The sentence imposed by the court guarantees that the defendant will spend a long time in prison as a just punishment for the terrible tragedy he inflicted on a family,” District Attorney Richard Brown said in a written statement. “It also spares his former wife from having to recount the events of that awful day at trial.”