A convicted murderer just got a big inheritance -- from the woman he killed.
Brandon Palladino is serving 25 years in prison for the murder of his mother-in-law, Dianne Edwards. In 2008 he killed Edwards after she caught him trying to steal jewelry from her house on Long Island, New York.
She left everything -- about $431,000 -- to her only daughter, who was Palladino's wife Deanna. She spent $190,000 of it on the 24-year-old Palladino's defense.
But last February, the 23-year-old Deanna, died of a drug overdose. She left everything to her husband -- her mother's killer.
"It's not justice. I don't understand how he can profit from a crime," a tearful Donna Larsen, the sister of the murdered woman, told the New York Post. "He's going to come out of jail in his 40s with hundreds of thousands of dollars. It's an outrage. He can't have that money -- it's just not right. It's ludicrous."
Larsen suspects her niece killed herself with that drug overdose because she was part of the robbery that led to her mother's death.
"She [Deanna] gave him the key to my sister's house, and then they later went there together before the police were called. She was part of the cover-up and even pawned some of my sister's jewelry. It's a slap in the face. How could she live with herself?" Larsen asked.
Deanna was never charged.
Larsen said she will ask the judge in the case to scrap the plea-bargain deal Palladino made with prosecutors -- plead guilty and avoid a life term -- unless the killer agrees to forfeit the $241,000 left from the inheritance.
The state of New York has a law that says criminals cannot profit from their crimes. It remains to be seen if Larsen -- or others -- could try and have that law applied in this instance.