Jury finds Russo sane

first_imgPASADENA – Richard Robert Russo, a former Arcadia stockbroker who murdered his wife last year, was sane at the time of the crime, jurors decided Tuesday. Russo, 51, was then sentenced to 55 years to life in state prison by Pasadena Superior Court Judge Michelle Rosenblatt. Russo must serve at least 85percent of the sentence before he is eligible for parole, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. He was convicted of his wife’s murder last week. “A year ago, our beloved daughter Carmen \ was murdered by this monster, leaving our two grandchildren motherless,” said Deputy District Attorney Mari Estrella, reading a statement from Carmen Russo’s parents, Ben and Carmen Martinez. “Our son lost his only sibling and we lost our only daughter.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsRick Russo shot and killed Carmen Russo, 42, then barricaded himself in his home while the couple’s two children, then 6 and 11, slept in the early morning hours of Aug. 30, 2005. Russo, a one-time senior vice president at Smith Barney in Pasadena, kept police at bay for more than seven hours during the standoff at the family home in Arcadia’s exclusive Santa Anita Oaks neighborhood. Russo has been held without bail since he was taken into custody. As the verdict in the sanity phase of Russo’s trial was read, family members and friends of Carmen Russo broke into tears – some touched the shoulders of her parents, who sat in the front row of the courtroom. Jurors had deliberated two days before returning the verdict. Prior to sentencing, Rick Russo read a statement in court expressing “intense grief and sorrow at the loss of my wife.” “I did not want to kill my wife, the mother of my children,” he said. “I was simply driven insane over the last six months.” He said that while the jury had passed judgment on him for the crime, “God will judge me with kindness and with mercy.” He also called out to the community to aid his three children, including his eldest daughter from a previous marriage, Renee Russo, 20. “They are the innocents,” he said. “\ the difficulties of growing up without their mother and without their father.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more