[Photo from March 2018]
Vincent Verdi, a former federal intelligence officer, received a sentence of 18 years to life yesterday after pleading guilty to gunning down Elizabeth Lee on Cooper Square as she arrived for work on Nov. 1, 2017.
As the Daily News reported, Verdi, 63, "offered a self-pitying apology that drew jeers and groans from his victim’s loved ones" at a hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday.
“I can only hope one day the New York State criminal justice system will allow me to rejoin my family,” Verdi said.
“Never!” one critic said behind him.
“You’re the devil!” another chimed in.
Lee, who was 56 and a mother of two grown children, lived on the Upper East Side. She had just docked a Citi Bike when Verdi approached her and shot her twice. He then shot himself in the head.
According to previous reports in the Daily News, Verdi spent four months stalking and harassing Lee. Police had arrested him previously for stalking. She had an order of protection barring him from contacting her, which was in place the morning he killed her.
The DA's office originally charged him with murder, weapons possession, aggravated criminal contempt and stalking.
Lee was a longtime administrator at the nearby Grace Church School. She was remembered as a devoted mother and a friend to many.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Memorial for Elizabeth Lee on Cooper Square