Fast fast relief for jury who had to endure nauseating and graphic evidence to convict a carpenter who admitted chopping up his roommate and then stuffing a thousand teeny tiny remains into bleach bottles to hide his heinous crime.
New York prosecutors charged that Sergey Mamonov, 50, killed Aleksandr Zilbergleyt, 55, on March 2012, ending a feud between the two middle aged roommates who shared a Sheepshead Bay apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y. for six months.
Testifying in Brooklyn Supreme Court, Mamonov claimed his nemesis died by falling “accidentally” when the two grappled in the kitchen they shared.
"It was by necessity," the ex-Soviet soldier told a stunned jury in excruciating detail his efforts to dispose of the corpse.
Mamonov's attempt at concealing his crime — for which he used virtually every tool in his kitchen — would have proved successful if he hadn’t bragged to a pal.
He also admitted throwing chopped-up fingers into a canal and slicing the bruised skin off the dead man’s face.
In closing arguments assistant district attorney Melissa Carvajal told the nauseated jurors, "We don't get to this unless someone is trying to cover up a deliberate and purposeful murder."
It took less than 15 minutes for jurors to return a guilty verdict.
"I'm going to see a shrink right NOW," a grim-faced juror, 62, said upon exiting the courthouse after the trial.