BRONX WOMAN AND HIRED HITMAN CONVICTED OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF THE WOMAN’S HUSBAND
Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson announced today that a 36 year old Bronx woman and the 25 year old hit-man whom she hired, have been convicted of murder in the death of the woman’s 37 year old husband.
The unrelated defendants, Gloria Rodriguez and Hector Rodriguez, each pled guilty to one count of Murder in the 1st degree in the fatal shooting of William Rodriguez on August 6, 2001.
State Supreme Court Justice Ira Globerman set sentencing for Friday, June 7, 2002 in Part DV. The judge has indicated that he will sentence the defendants to a term of 20 years to life imprisonment although the People are recommending that the defendants be sentenced to a term of 25 years to life.
A third defendant, Robert Rodriguez, pled guilty to one count of Hindering prosecution and will be sentenced to serve nine months in jail. Rodriguez, who is unrelated to either of the two other defendants, drove the get away car after the victim was gunned down. He was only convicted of hindering prosecution because there was no evidence that he had any prior knowledge that the shooting was going to occur.
William Rodriguez was shot multiple times on Woodycrest Avenue near his home after his wife paid hit-man Rodriguez a partial payment of $1,000 to kill the victim. The gunman, who fled to Florida, had been promised an additional payment of at least $3,000 once the contract killing was carried out. He was arrested when investigators found out where he was staying and set up a meeting purportedly to give him the balance of the money that he was owed. Gloria Rodriguez arranged her husband’s murder because she wanted a divorce and her husband, a Jehovah’s Witness, would not agree to ending the marriage.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Astrid Borgstedt of the Domestic Violence / Sex Offense Bureau.