Daughter killer to be sentenced tomorrow

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Stacey Pagli (left) will be sentenced to 20 years in prison tomorrow, April 5, for killing her 18-year-old daughter during an argument in the family’s Manhattanville College apartment last year.

Pagli, 39, was allowed to plead guilty last month to first-degree manslaughter, after psychiatrists for the prosecution and the defense  concluded she was under an “extreme emotional disturbance” when she strangled Marissa Pagli on the Purchase campus.

She originally was charged with second-degeree murder.

Pagli’s lawyer has said she is currently taking medication for depression. Her family history includes mental illness and several suicides.

Pagli attempted suicide after killing her daughter, and had at least one suicide attempt at the Westchester County jail, where she has been held since her arrest.

She will be eligible for parole in 2028, when her remaining daughter will be in her early 20s.

Pagli expected to plead guilty in slaying of her daughter

Stacey Pagli (left) plans to admit in court that she strangled her teenage daughter at Manhattanville College in February, her lawyer said at her latest court appearance today.

“We anticipate a disposition in this matter,” said Allan Focarile of the Westchester Legal Aid Society.

Pagli, 38, is being held without bail on a second-degree murder charge. There was no word on if she would plead guilty to that charge or to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter. It was also uncertain what the sentencing recommendation would be should she enter a guilty plea.

She will return to court on Jan. 11. Acting state Supreme Court Justice Richard Molea is presiding over the case.

She is accused of strangling 18-year-old Marissa Pagli on Feb. 22 in the family’s on-campus apartment in Purchase. Her estranged husband, John Pagli, a college maintenance supervisor, found his daughter’s body and his unconscious wife in their second-floor apartment in an apparent suicide attempt.

John Pagli was in the courtroom gallery today, as he has been for nearly ever one of his wife’s appearances. He exchanged a long glance with his wife, who made eye contact with him while her attorney was discussing the case with the judge and prosecutors. When she looked away, he began to shake and left the courtroom in tears as she was returned to the courthouse’s holding cell.

Assistant District Attorney Timothy Ward, who is prosecuting the case, said he recently received a report from Dr. Angela Hegarty, a psychiatric expert for the District Attorney’s Office, who interviewed Pagli. He will turn over the report to Focarile, who hired his own psycholigists to examine his client.

Authorities say Pagli, 38, returned home after dropping off her 3-year-old daughter, Gianna, at day care Feb. 22 and began arguing with Marissa, a Manhattanville freshman. She strangled her daughter, authorities said, then tried killing herself first by cutting her wrist and then by hanging herself with a belt on a doorknob. In court papers, Pagli told police that she strangled her daughter because she was disrespectful and rude. “I couldn’t take it anymore,” she told police. “She pushed my last button.”

According to the statements, she then used a belt to try to strangle herself but failed, as she did in an attempt to slash her wrist. She said she had left a note for her husband. She tried to kill herself again by tying socks around her neck in jail.

Father of Manhattanville College slaying victim fights tears as wife answers murder charge

A teary-eyed John Pagli couldn’t stop  shaking as he watched his handcuffed wife appear in court today on a charge of killing their teenaged daughter five months ago at Manhattanville College.

Stacey Pagli stood expressionless by her lawyer, who is defending her against a second-degree murder charge in the slaying of Marissa Pagli in their apartment on campus in Purchase.

At one point during her brief court appearance, Stacey Pagli turned around and locked eyes with her choked-up husband in the front row. He mouthed some words to her with a painful expression on his face. She turned to face the judge and didn’t look at him again.

At his wife’s initial appearance in Harrison Town Court in February, John Pagli yelled, “You can’t even look at me, you bitch!”

Two psychiatric experts will interview John Pagli tomorrow in the Westchester County District Attorney’s office about his wife’s mental state before his daughter was choked to death on Feb. 22. John Pagli had resisted talking to the defense experts and previously said through prosecutors that he wanted nothing to do with his wife’s lawyer.

If a jury believes that Stacey Pagli, 38, suffered an emotional disturbance due to severe depression or some other cause when she killed her daughter, she could be convicted of manslaughter and serve less time in prison.

Authorities say Stacey Pagli strangled her daughter, an 18-year-old Manhattanville freshman, then tried killing herself by first cutting her left wrist and then by hanging herself with a belt on a doorknob.

John Pagli, a college maintenance supervisor, returned home and found his daughter’s body and his wife unconscious in their second-floor apartment.

In court papers, Stacey Pagli told police that she strangled Marissa because her daughter was disrespectful and rude. “I couldn’t take it any more,” she told police in a statement. “She pushed my last button.”

Both sides will return to court on Aug. 18.

Daughter-killer case delayed

tjndc5-5te65r151na1ltewe241_thumbnailThe lawyers in the Stacey Pagli daughter-slaying case were back in Westchester County Court today to figure out scheduling for her trial (if there is one).

Pagli, 38, is charged with murder for strangling her 19-year-old daughter, Marissa, to death in their apartment on the Manhattanville College campus in Harrison. Stacey’s husband and Marissa’s father, John Pagli, worked at the college and found his daughter dead and his wife tied to the doorknob in a failed suicide attempt.

Pagli told investigators that her daughter’s disrespectful attitude “pissed me off for the last time.”

Legal Aid lawyer Allan Focarile got his wish for a three-week extension to file defense paperwork, despite objections from prosecutor Timothy Ward. Pagli was not in the courtroom, but she will return when the case reconvenes on June 16 before acting state Supreme Court Justice Albert Lorenzo.