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Murderer Who Married Victim’s Widow Gets 25 Years to Life

October 27, 1994

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) _ Two days after a killer married his victim’s widow, a judge indefinitely delayed the honeymoon.

Joseph Ricco was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison for murdering Joseph Vitali, his wife’s first husband.

Prosecutors said Ricco, 29, shot Vitali outside his home in June 1991 because he was having an affair with Michaelann Vigliotti Vitali.

After the murder, Ricco and the woman got engaged and he moved into the apartment she used to share with Vitali. They were married in a jailhouse ceremony Monday. She did not attend her new husband’s sentencing.

Ricco said he was innocent.

″(Vitali) and his wife were like family,″ he said. ″I was devastated by his death.″

Westchester County Court Judge Kenneth Lange was unmoved and imposed the maximum sentence.


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