A New York man was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison on February 23 for murdering both of his parents.
Gregory Cucchiara, 40, of Queens, was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of his mother, Giuesepina Cucchiara, and father, Carmelo Cucchiara, in January.
Cucchiara’s mother was found dead on May 24, 2011 inside her home in Queens, according to prosecutors. Gregory had reportedly hit her in the head with a perfume bottle and choked her with a necklace before plunging her head into water in the bathtub.
In August 2012, Gregory’s father was found dead in his bed with a pillow over his face.
Gregory was charged for both murders after DNA evidence linked him to both cases.
“You murdered mommy. You murdered daddy. You did,” Gregory’s sister Francesca Ciaccio said tearfully during her impact statement. “You alone. Daddy supported you even when he knew you killed mommy.”
Before his sentencing, Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Holder told Cucchiara that he is “definitely the demon seed.”
“For in you resides an evil that has existed for years, it is an evil that has allowed you to undertake an unimaginable crime and then act as though things are okay,” Holder said.