11-17-2005, 05:41 PM #1
NY - ROBERT SHULMAN, Suffolk County, 1990's
Serial killer gets new sentence after court kills death penalty
NEW YORK -- A serial killer sentenced to death after murdering and dismembering five women returned to a Long Island courtroom Thursday, where a judge revised his sentence to life without parole.
The change was the result of a decision last year by the state Court of Appeals that effectively placed a moratorium on executions in New York.
Robert Shulman, 51, was convicted in March 1999 by a Suffolk County jury of first-degree murder in the deaths of three women; the following year he was convicted in Westchester for murdering two victims whose bodies were found in Yonkers. Some of those killed were believed to be prostitutes.
Shulman, a postal worker from Hicksville, was convicted of killing Kelly Sue Bunting, 28, of Hollis, Queens, whose body was found in December 1995 in a trash bin in Melville; Lisa Ann Warner, 18, of Jamaica, Queens, whose body was found in April 1995 at a Brooklyn trash recycling plant; and an unidentified woman whose mutilated body was found in December 1994 on a roadside in Medford.
Before Suffolk County Court Judge Arthur Pitts imposed a new sentence of life without parole, Bunting's father made an impassioned victim's impact statement.
"This entire court proceeding and all of the appeals and hearings and rights, they are all about you," John Bunting said to Shulman in prepared remarks supplied by the Suffolk County district attorney's office.
"Kelly is lucky to get an honorable mention. Where are her rights? Are they buried with her? You took them from her along with her life and her ability to live life.
"All people in society are living in constant fear of criminals like you."
In Westchester, Shulman was convicted of killing Lori Vasquez, a 24-year-old Brooklyn woman, and killing and dismembering another woman who was never identified.
Those cases ended up in Westchester because Shulman and his brother Barry dumped Vasquez and the other victim in Yonkers. They were found in 1991 and 1992, crammed into plastic trash cans. There was no death penalty law at the time.
11-17-2005, 07:04 PM #2Former Member
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This is the kind of thing that upsets me about the justice system. Where are the victims rights?
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