Ex-Sussman Landscaper Sentenced For Daughter's Killing

Oct 10 2011 | 11:13am ET

The landscaper who murdered his daughter on the estate of his hedge fund manager employer was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Friday.

The two consecutive 20-year sentences—for first-degree manslaughter and home invasion—were not a surprise; Adam Dobrzanski's lawyers struck an agreement on the sentence before he pleaded guilty in May. The 57-year-old Polish immigrant has a history of mental health problems.

Dobrzanski admitted he killed his daughter, Amanda, a 20-year-old University of Rhode Island student, on Dec. 30, 2009, at his residence on Paloma Partners' founder S. Donald Sussman's Greenwich, Conn., estate. He was apparently distraught about his wife's filing for divorce. She served as the Sussmans' live-in cook.

After slitting his daughter's throat, Dobrzanski attempted to kill himself, stabbing himself repeatedly and pouring gasoline on his body. When police arrived, he attempted to jump out of a window.

"The act itself is inexplicable," Judge Richard Comerford said. "It's inconsolable. It's Shakespearean. It's Greek tragedy."

Dobrzanski has little to say, telling Comerford through his interpreter that he was "not prepared" to make a statement. His lawyer had sought a two-week delay in sentencing to allow his client to prepare a statement, a delay prosecutors successfully opposed.


In Depth

JOBS Act Propels Real-Estate Crowdfunding Platform

Oct 21 2014 | 2:57am ET

If D.J. Paul were a real estate development, he would be described as “multi-use...

Lifestyle

Balyasny Pays Over $6M For Lakefront House

Oct 22 2014 | 10:29am ET

A venture headed by hedge fund manager Dmitry Balyasny just paid $6.2 million for...

Guest Contributor

Hedge Funds Weather A Data Management Perfect Storm

Oct 22 2014 | 12:28pm ET

From a regulatory standpoint, nearly every development since the crisis has placed...

 

Videos

Editor's Note

    Guidelines for Guest Articles

    Oct 22 2014 | 9:46am ET

    We are always looking for guest articles from hedge fund managers and buy-side firms.

    If you are interested in submitting a contributed piece for possible publication on FINalternatives, please take a look at the specs. Read more…

 

Futures Magazine

October 2014 Cover

Deeply flawed risk benchmark

Most traders agree that proper risk management is the key to successful trading. However, many traders depend on the deeply flawed measure of standard deviation as a benchmark of risk. Here we put it ...

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.