Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Mario Girau (DOB 07/22/38) of 140 Tuckahoe Road, Yonkers, New York was sentenced today to an indeterminate sentence of fifteen years to life in state prison on his November 2008 guilty plea to one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a class ďAĒ Felony relating to the death of his wife, Maria Montalvo-Girau.†
Police arrived at the scene and found the victimís body with approximately 30 stab wounds to her back, chest and abdomen and blunt force trauma wounds to her head and neck.†
The defendant then fled the scene with their six year old son who was in the home at the time of the killing.
Girau was apprehended in the
In the course of the investigation, bloody clothing was found in a waste basket in the coupleís home.†
The victimís blood was also found on the defendantís shoes and foot during police questioning.
Police also discovered that, by living with the victim, the defendant was in violation of a January 2007 order of protection issued against him, in favor of the victim.†
Assistant District Attorney Lana Hochheiser, Deputy Chief of the Major Case Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Nadine Nagler of the Super Court Trial Division prosecuted the case.