In September, a New York senior was arrested and charged with assault after he attempted to kill his bedridden wife with a hammer. Recently, the man was sentenced to six months in prison for his deed and ordered to cease all contact with his victim.
New York Senior Apologizes to Spouse for the Incident
Martin Turkiewicz, an 88-year-old Cheektowaga resident, was sentenced on Thursday to six years in prison for the September assault on his 60-year-old wife. According to the man’s affidavit, Turkiewicz’s wife was diagnosed with dementia several years ago.
Since she could no longer remain in the couple’s Cheektowaga home, the woman was admitted to a New York nursing home. During his Thursday court appearance, the New York citizen told the judge that his wife grew worse by the day and it pained him to see her struggling with her condition.
Thus, back in September, Turkiewicz went to the New York nursing home to visit his wife. However, instead of caring for her, the New York senior took a hammer from home with the clear intent of ending his wife’s suffering.
Allegedly, upon entering the woman’s room, the New York senior hit his wife in the head with the hammer. The woman was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. According to the emergency rooms staff, the 60-year-old has suffered a skull fracture, but she will recover.
The New York senior was later taken into custody and charged with assault. On Thursday, before the jury read Turkiewicz’s verdict, the man asked the judge to tell his bedridden wife that he’s sorry for what he did.
Given his age, the man was sentenced to six months in prison. Subsequently, the judge barred the New York senior from seeing his wife, except on holidays and always in the presence of authorities.
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