A 37-year-old Queens woman initially thought to have committed suicide, died from a “vicious” beating from her jealous boyfriend who accused her of cheating, according to police and prosecutors.
Danielle Marrano and 34-year-old beau Shmuel Levine were arguing inside her apartment on Ocean Promenade in Rockaway Park around 2:30 p.m. October 26 when things turned violent, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.
Levine allegedly put Marrano in a chokehold, prosecutors said. Her mangled body was found on the ground several floors below her window, cops said.
She suffered at least four skull fractures that contributed to her death — at least two of which were inconsistent with injuries sustained during a fall, according to prosecutors.
The city medical examiner’s office determined that Marrano’s injuries were caused by “unnatural blunt force trauma,” and the death was ruled a homicide, according to police.
Levine told authorities that he and Marrano “got into an argument about her cheating on me,” according to a criminal complaint.”
“I told her I couldn’t take it anymore,” Levine allegedly said. “She admitted to cheating on me and so then I said, ‘Can I see your phone?’ She wouldn’t give me the phone and so I forcefully tried to get the phone from her and she fought back.”
“I put my hands around her because I just wanted to get the phone,” he admitted, according to the complaint. “I was wrestling with her for the phone. I grabbed her to try and get to the phone and she was kicking me. She was on the floor.”
He claimed that the whole ordeal “lasted for about a minute.”
“It was not my intention to put her in a chokehold, it was to get the phone,” he claimed. “I grabbed the back of her hair because I was desperate to get the phone. Yes, there was a physical altercation to get the phone. I choked her with one arm for two to three seconds and she was screaming ‘No.’”
Authorities found hair that appeared to match Marrano’s, as well as a large dent in the wall of the apartment, according to prosecutors.
Marrano was pronounced dead about six hours after the incident at Jamaica Hospital.
A Queens County grand jury indicted Levine on a second-degree murder charge, and he is expected to be arraigned next week, according to prosecutors.
If convicted, he could spend 25 years to life behind bars, according to prosecutors.
“This woman’s last moments of life were brutal,” Queens DA Melinda Katz said in a statement. “The defendant allegedly resorted to vicious, physical violence to resolve a quarrel. The defendant has been charged accordingly and is in custody.”