Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Death of Adrienne Shelly

The death of Adrienne Shelly by illegal immigration has finally come to an end. Adrienne Shelly a new mother, accomplished actress and up and coming woman director had everything to live for until....

"A construction worker who admitted he strangled an actress while robbing her in her apartment and then hanged her to make the death look like a suicide pleaded guilty yesterday to manslaughter.
Diego Pillco, 20, admitted he killed Adrienne Shelly, 40, in her Manhattan apartment after going through her purse. He was promised a sentence on March 6 of 25 years in prison.
Pillco admitted to the court that he was robbing her when he killed her. He said he had eaten his lunch in the basement and was walking back up the stairs to resume working when he saw Shelly going up to her apartment.

He said he saw her apartment door was open so he stepped in and grabbed her purse. "When I was trying to put back the purse, the lady came out of the room," Pillco said through a Spanish language interpreter. He said she went through the purse and saw something was missing and she was going to call the police.
"I took the phone from her," he said. "Out of desperation I covered her mouth. I was scared and didn't realize what was happening. I saw a sheet, and I decided to choke her." The judge asked, "And you tied the sheet around her neck and strung her up?" "Yes," Pillco replied, "and I made it look as if she had committed suicide."
Pillco was arrested in Brooklyn after witnesses told police they had seen him working near Shelley's apartment."

"State Supreme Court Justice Carol Berkman said Pillco, who is from Ecuador and is in the United States illegally, is subject to immediate deportation upon release from prison."

So that's what it takes to be deported! Somehow this story just does not have a happy ending for me and I am sure those who knew Adrienne.

Her memory can be honored by a donation to The Adrienne Shelly Foundation


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