Paroled Killer Convicted of Murdering Art Student
NEW YORK (AP) _ A paroled killer was convicted of murdering an art student who struggled to hold her purse during a robbery one week after she moved to New York from Arkansas.
A jury deliberated less than four hours before finding Frank DeChirico, 39, guilty Wednesday of murder and robbery.
The victim, Judith Anne Wrappe, 24, had moved from Little Rock, Ark., to become a graduate student in art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
She was shot in the chest in 1988 as she returned to her dormitory early in the morning from a part-time job as a waitress. She had $27 in her purse.
″I’m glad it’s over,″ Sue Wrape, the victim’s mother said from Little Rock. ″We had confidence in the system.″
DeChirico faces 25 years to life in prison at sentencing Nov. 27.
Phillipe Morales, a 19-year-old jailed drug dealer, testified he was in the neighborhood to break into cars and saw DeChirico run past clutching a purse moments after the shooting.
DeChirico served 13 years in prison for manslaughter for killing an acquaintance in 1973. He was out on parole when Ms. Wrappe was killed.