Senior who attacked his wife with a hammer gets six months

Martin Turkiewicz looks at his daughter Diane Kline as she addresses Justice Piotrowski in Cheektowaga Town Court on September 13th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Martin Turkiewicz looks at his daughter Diane Kline as she addresses Justice Piotrowski in Cheektowaga Town Court on September 13th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

BUFFALO – Cheektowaga resident Martin Turkiewicz was sentenced by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case Thursday to six months in jail for beating his wife with a hammer this past September.

The 88-year-old pleaded guilty to Assault in the Second Degree this past November.  Cheektowaga Police arrested him at the Garden Gate Health Care Facility on Union Road the evening of September 9th after he repeatedly hit his wife’s head and face with a claw hammer as a premeditated act to end her life.  The defense said the attack was an act of mercy to end the life of his ailing wife.  

Rita Turkiewicz, 87, has recovered from her injuries according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office and remains a resident at Garden Gate.

 

An order of protection was issued and Mr. Turkiewicz will be permitted to have supervised visits with his wife.  He will serve five-years probation following his release from jail.

Cheektowaga Police Department’s Lt. Kenneth Rusin and Detectives Terence Griffin and James Jenson investigated the case.

 

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