STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- John Galtieri first cheated his daughter more than five years ago, when he killed her mother in a Pleasant Plains parking lot.
Galtieri tried to cheat her again two years later, when he signed a divorce agreement in Florida with his new wife, turning over his New York City Police Department pension to her, according to a Staten Island justice.
But state Supreme Court Justice Philip G. Minardo said no way.
Minardo recently ruled that Galtieri's daughter, Patricia Kane, who earlier this year was awarded a $32 million wrongful-death verdict against the retired NYPD sergeant, was entitled to his police pension, under the "Son of Sam" law.
The law holds convicted criminals financially accountable their victims, regardless of their source of wealth. It was named after David Berkowitz, the infamous murderer of 35 years ago who claimed that a demon in possession of his neighbor's dog had commanded him to kill.
"It is readily apparent from the timing of the 'marital settlement agreement' entered into between [Galtieri] and [Marilyn Galtieri, his second wife] barely one month after [Galtieri's] murder conviction, that its primary, if not sole, purpose was to render [Galtieri] judgment-proof in the wrongful-death action then pending against him in this court," wrote Minardo.
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By Frank Donnelly/Staten Island Advance