Killer Denied Bid To Inherit 250K From Mother-In-Law He Strangled [Photo]
Wow! The nerve of this dude!! In a first-of-its-kind ruling, a Brooklyn appeals court has determined that a killer can’t indirectly inherit his victim’s fortune.
Long Island druggie Brandon Palladino was trying to get his hands on more than $250,000 from his mother-in-law’s estate, despite spending 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
He had admitted to strangling Dianne Edwards, 59, when she caught him stealing her jewelry in 2008. Her will listed her only daughter, Palladino’s high school sweetheart and wife, as the sole beneficiary. Deanna Edwards Palladino, 24, died of overdose about a year later, leaving the killer as the beneficiary of the slain woman’s estate.
Finding that “there is a clear causal link between the wrongful conduct and the benefits sought,” the appellate panel agreed Wednesday, upholding a Suffolk County court’s decision to strip Palladino, 28, from the dough.
He “robbed Dianne Edwards of her life and had the temerity to try to rob her of her lifetime treasure,” said lawyer Richard Haley, who represented Larsen and proclaimed that justice had prevailed.
“How could it turn out any other way?”
The judges relied on a 125-year old case where a grandson murdered his grandfather to keep himself in the will — then demanded his share. He was denied, but the 1889 ruling was never applied before to indirect inheritance.
“The court extended that principal,” Haley explained. Lawyers for Palladino’s mother Donna DiRusso, who was put in charge of his dead wife’s funds, argued that such extension would raise a host of issues.
They asked what if Palladino’s wife invested at Edwards’ bequest on a house and died 10 years later — could he inherit the house? “We decline to opine on such hypothetical situations,” the judges wrote. Larsen didn’t return calls and it wasn’t clear what she intends to do with the money, which is still being withheld because Palladino is attempting to appeal his guilty plea.
When DiRusso was told by a reporter that her side had lost, she let out a sigh.
“I have no comment,” she said. “I didn’t even know.”
Source: NY Daily News