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Queens man who murdered his parents gets 50 years to life

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 12:48 PM

Gregory Cucchiara, 40, represented himself at trial and was quickly convicted by a jury for murdering his mother Josephine in May 2011 and his father Carmelo a year later in August 2012.Jesse Ward/for New York Daily News

Gregory Cucchiara, 40, represented himself at trial and was quickly convicted by a jury for murdering his mother Josephine in May 2011 and his father Carmelo a year later in August 2012.

A Queens man, refered to as the “demon seed” who murdered his parents, was sentenced Tuesday to maximum sentence 50 years to life in prison.

“Your mother, the woman who pushed and squeezed with all she could in order to give you life and in return you choked and squeezed the life out of her as she struggled for her life,” said an outraged Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Holder before sentencing an unapologetic Gregory Cucchiara.

Cucchiara, 40, represented himself at trial and was quickly convicted by a jury for murdering his mother Josephine in May 2011 and his father Carmelo a year later in August 2012.

“After mom died, we were all on guard at all times. My dad did his best to keep us away for Greg,” said Cucchiara’s sister Francesca Ciaccio during her tearful victim impact statement on Tuesday morning.

Cucchiara drowned his 66-year-old mother in their Bayside home and smothered his father with a pillow. DNA evidence connected him to both murders.

“You murdered mommy. You murdered daddy. You did! You alone. They never abandoned you. Daddy supported you even when he knew you killed mommy,” said Ciaccio.

Ciaccio and her family had to move out of New York to New Jersey to keep away from his brother who was on the hunt for them as they awaited the DNA results, she said.

“You’re so full of sh–,” said Cucchiara as his sister cried throughout her statements.

Cucchiara testified on his own behalf that he was under a trance of “goofer dust” that caused him to kill his mom and dad.

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Cucchiara drowned his 66-year-old mother in their Bayside home and smothered his father with a pillow. DNA evidence connected him to both murders.

“The sad fact is, your father died long before you ever killed him,” the judge said.

Cucchiara, who fired four attorneys before deciding to represent himself, bizarrely brought up his ex-girlfriend during closing arguments and that her parents are dead as a link to the powers of “goofer dust.”

“My suggestion is the authorities probably need to make sure that there is nothing unusual about that situation,” the judge said.

A defense Justice Holder said was an attempt to divert the jury for the facts of the case.

“Greg you have been given every opportunity in life more than others. You had parents who desired for you to have everything instead you did drugs, drank, gambled and made bad decisions an never took responsibility,” said Ciaccio.

“But this court will hold you accountable.”

Cucchiara continuously interrupted Ciaccio, but as Assistant District Attorney Jared Rosenblatt and Justice Holder had their chance to speak, he was quickly silenced.

“You said your sister is full of sh– well every word out of your mouth is full of sh–,” hollered Rosenblatt as Cucchiara called him a liar for sending a threatening letter to one of the case detectives wishing for his skin to burn a thousand times over and over.

“You smile at the camera and yet your family still is willing to help you with selling your property, you deserve nothing,” said the prosecutor who requested the maximum sentence.

Despite Cucchiara banging on the defense table and blurting out insults throughout the 45 minute proceeding he gave a prayer as his final words on-the-record.

“Almighty father, take mercy on you all for you know not what you do,” said the sadistic killer.

Cucchiara’s surprisingly soft words didn’t convince the judge to give him leniency.

“I’m convinced that you are definitely the demon seed, clearly born into the wrong family. For in you resides an evil that has existed for years, it is an evil that has allowed you to undertake an unimaginable crime and then act as thought things are okay,” said Justice Holder.

“For me, once again, this is the second time, I find myself at a point where I’m limited in the sentencing optioms you would certainly face in other states…I would love my sentence to forbid you from physical contact with any person, in order to physical contact with any other person, in order to prevent the possibility of you making another you,” said the judge before sentencing him.

“This was a heinous case of cold-blooded murder and the ultimate betrayal of family trust. These senseless, violent crimes more than justify the sentence imposed today by the Court,” said Queens County District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

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