Albany man sentenced for shooting girlfriend in front of kids

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Officials in Albany County say a man who shot his girlfriend in front of his four kids has been sentenced to 25 years in State Prison.

On April 16, Damien Zervos, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in the first degree as part of a plea that reduced the charge from murder on a basis of mental illness.

Damien Zervos (Albany County DA)
Damien Zervos (Albany County DA)

“Additionally, he suffers PTSD because of his service in the war,” his attorney Terence Kindlon said.

On October 31, 2013, at a residence on Lark Street in the City of Albany, officials said Zervos caused the death of 33-year-old Charee Akins-Maddox, of Albany, by shooting her with a rifle.

At the time of the incident the victim’s four children were inside the home.

Prior to sentencing, Judge Stephen Herrick told Zervos what he did, though, was more than rage.

“You shot her, you went in and spoke to her children,” he said. “You went back into the bedroom, you saw her moving, and you shot her again.”

Prosecutor Shannon Sarfoh read a letter from one of those children.

“You are a monster who my mother and trusted and cared about,” she read.

The prosecution recommended the full 25 years of the reduced plea, and that is what the judge handed Zervos.

Zervos will also serve five years post-release supervision.

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