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.

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