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Christopher Howson Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for Killing Theresa Gorski

Howson faced a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

The late Theresa Gorski and her two children. Photo credit: Contributed
The late Theresa Gorski and her two children. Photo credit: Contributed
Christopher Howson, a 50-year-old computer software engineer from Sleepy Hollow, was sentenced Tuesday to 22 years in prison in connection with the killing of his wife, Theresa Gorski, in January 2013.

Howson, who faced a maximum of 25 years, pleaded guilty to felony manslaughter and felony strangulation - both in the first degree - in May. 

According to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, Howson strangled Gorski during a domestic incident on Jan. 5, 2013, and she died four days later after being taken off life support.

Gorski, a part-time staff attorney for the Bronx Legal Aid Society, had two daughters.  

Below is the press release from the Westchester County District Attorney's office:

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Christopher Howson (DOB 08/16/63) of 127 New Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, New York was sentenced today to 22 years in prison on his May 2014 guilty plea to:


  • one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony,
  • one count of Strangulation in the First Degree, a class “C” Felony,

  • relating to the death of Theresa Gorski.


    On January 5th, 2013, at approximately 3:00 am, the defendant, a computer software programmer, called 911 stating that he had just strangled his wife, a part time staff attorney for Bronx Legal Aid Society, and believed that she was dead.


    Police and EMS personnel responded and removed the victim to Phelps Memorial Hospital where she remained on a ventilator for four days. 


    She died on January 9th, 2013 when she was taken off life support.


    The defendant was arrested at the scene and has been in jail since his arrest. 


    Sentencing will be on July 16th, 2014.


    He faces a maximum sentence of twenty five years in state prison. 


    Assistant District Attorney John O’Rourke, Chief of the Major Case Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Jean Prisco of the Major Case Bureau are prosecuting the case.


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