NY man gets prison in wife’s death; case followed exhumation

April 10, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man has been sentenced to decades in prison in the killing of his estranged wife, who was found strangled in the bathtub of her luxury Manhattan apartment.

District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced Roderick Covlin’s 25 years to life sentence on Wednesday.

The New Rochelle resident was convicted of murder last month. Defense lawyer Robert Gottlieb says Covlin plans to appeal.

Covlin and finance executive Shele Danishefsky Covlin were embroiled in a bitter divorce.

Police initially thought her 2009 death was an accident. For religious reasons, her Orthodox Jewish family objected to an autopsy.

As suspicions mounted, her body was exhumed. Medical examiners determined she’d been strangled.

Covlin, a trader and noted backgammon player, denied killing his wife. He said he performed CPR and called 911.