What to Know
- Arthur Lomando, a former NYPD cop, was sentenced to life in prison for the brutal October 2015 murder of Suzanne Bardzell in New jersey
- Prosecutors had said he stabbed the mother of two more than 30 times with a machete in her driveway
- Defense lawyers had argued Lomando had a long history of mental illness and said he lost control during the slaying
A former NYPD officer has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend with a machete-style knife during an ambush at her New Jersey home.
Arthur Lomando was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. The 48-year-old was convicted of murder back in February for the October 2015 death of Suzanne Bardzell.
Prosecutors say Lomando wanted revenge after Bardzell, a mother of two, got a restraining order against him just weeks before he attacked her in the driveway of her Midland Park home. He stabbed her more than 30 times.
It took jurors just three hours to find the Long Island resident guilty in the beginning of the year.
Defense lawyers didn’t dispute Lomando’s role in the killing but cited his long history of mental illness, claiming he lost control of himself during the brutal slaying.
Lomando jumped in front of a subway train after the murder and lost both his feet.