Cortlandt Man, 76, Arraigned in Attempted Slaying of Wife, 74
CORTLANDT, N.Y. ━ A Cortlandt man accused of shooting his wife with a shotgun in their home was arraigned Thursday in Westchester County Court on a three-count indictment.
Police said Mario Vallorosi, 76, had been in an argument with his 74-year-old wife hours before the shooting, which occurred at 4 a.m. June 15. His son, 48, was at the home at the time and called 911 after finding his mother lying on a sofa in the upstairs computer room.
According to the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, responding officers found the victim with shotgun wounds to her abdomen and chest. She was taken to Westchester Medical Center, where she had two emergency surgeries that weekend. She was in the hospital for 45 days and remains in serious condition at a nursing facility.
“After more than a half century of marriage the only way that this defendant could communicate with his wife was through violence,” District Attorney Janet DiFiore said in a statement. “She had been a vibrant member of her community who enjoyed socializing and working with special needs school children, both of which seemed to be the catalyst for the defendant’s actions.”
Vallorosi was arraigned on one count of second-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree assault, both violent felonies.
He is due back in court Dec. 5. He faces up to 25 years in state prison.
Assistant District Attorney Barbara Egenhauser, chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Joseph Barca III of the Special Prosecutions Division are prosecuting the case.