A New York socialite who was brutally murdered in her estate home two years ago apparently died at the hands of an illegal immigrant.
Lois Colley, the 83 year-old wife of a millionaire McDonald’s franchise owner, was found bludgeoned to death in her 300-acre estate in North Salem in 2015. The man who committed the horrific crime was reportedly 32-year-old Esdras Anibal Marroquin Gomez, an undocumented Guatemalan immigrant thought to be a former employee of Colley’s, according to ABC7.
Gomez pleaded not guilty on a charge of second-degree murder at his arraignment on Monday according to the Westchester County district attorney’s office.
“The murder scene was horrendous,” Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino said. “From our evaluation, we believe the murder weapon was a home fire extinguisher, and she was brutally assaulted.”
There was no sign of forced entry and no valuables were taken from the home that Colley shared with her husband, Eugene Colley.
“We believe there was a dispute, and he visited the house possibly to speak to someone else in the family,” Scarpino said, according to Fox News. “And he confronted Lois.”
A pin from a fire extinguisher was found next to Colley’s body according to police and days later the fire extinguisher was found a few days later wrapped in a plastic bag in a pond on the property, called Windswept Farms, Scarpino said. Colley’s DNA was allegedly discovered on the fire extinguisher, Fox News reported.
Gomez fled to his native Guatemala after the murder, then to Mexico where he was working illegally and subsequently deported.
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He was arrested in Miami this past weekend after being deported from Mexico, where he had been working illegally, according to Scarpino, who described his capture as an elaborate international effort. Mexican authorities deported him to Guatemala and he was placed on a flight that stopped in Miami, where Federal Bureau of Investigation agents boarded the plane and arrested him.
“Mexican authorities located Mr. Gomez, and we brought him back to Westchester County,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael McGarrity said, according to ABC7. “This case illustrates how we are able to reach beyond our borders to find criminals who believe they can elude arrest.”
Gomez was ordered held without bail and is due back in court on December 7.
The victim’s son, Bruce Colley, had an affair with Kerry Kennedy Cuomo before she divorced future New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2005. As New York governor, Cuomo has defied President Trump’s calls for building a border wall at the US-Mexico border and declared, shortly after Trump’s inauguration that “if there is a move to deport immigrants, I say then start with me.” In September, he signed an executive order barring New York State Police from asking about a person’s immigration status.