Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge man pleads guilty to killing his wife

December 2, 2015 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
District Attorney Ken Thompson said the defendant “senselessly killed his wife.” Eagle file photo by Rob Abruzzese

A 54-year-old man who stabbed his wife to death during an argument inside their Bay Ridge apartment has pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced.

The defendant, Hasan Rugova, 54, of 101 Marine Ave., pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter before New York State Supreme Court Justice John Ingram on Nov. 30.

Rugova fatally stabbed his wife Gyltene Rugova, 46, according to Thompson, who said the couple’s 14-year-old son was injured when he tried to stop the attack.

Justice Ingram indicated that he would sentence the defendant to a determinate term of 18 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision when he is sentenced on Dec. 9.

Thompson said that according to the investigation, on May 20, 2014, at approximately 2 a.m. at 101 Marine Ave., the defendant’s 14-year-old son observed his father repeatedly stabbing the victim in the chest and neck with a knife. The teen intervened, pulling the defendant off of the victim.

The defendant then stabbed himself in the stomach, Thompson said. His son sustained a slash to his arm and was treated at a hospital and released.
 
The stabbing took place after Gyltene Rugova indicated she wanted a divorce from her husband.

Gyltene Rugova died as a result of multiple stab wounds to her chest and neck, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

“This defendant senselessly killed his wife — the mother of his four children — who are now left with no parents to care for them as he will be spending many years in prison,” Thompson said in a statement.
   
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Cynthia A. Lynch and Joan Erskine of the District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Bureau, under the supervision of Bureau Chief Michelle L. Kaminsky.