Nicole Kasinskas was sixteen when she plotted and murdered her mother in New Hampshire. According to court documents Nicole Kasinskas and her boyfriend William Sullivan conspired to kill her mother as the sixteen year old was worried her mother would not let her leave the State with her new boyfriend. On the day of the murder William Sullivan hit the woman over the head with a bat and fatally stabbed her. Nicole Kasinskas was not in the home as the murder occurred but would help clean up the evidence after it was over. This teen killer would testify against William Sullivan for a lesser sentence and in the end she would be sentenced to thirty five years to life in prison.
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the teen who plotted her mother’s murder with her Willimantic boyfriend and stepped over her mother’s body to fetch a cloth so he could wipe off the blood, was sentenced to 40 years in prison in New Hampshire Thursday.
The sentencing — described as “heart-wrenching” by one prosecutor — was held before Judge William Groff in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua, N.H.
Kasinskas, 18, declined to make a statement, but wept as her mother’s fiance tearfully recalled Jeanne Dominico’s love for her daughter and how that love was repaid.
Kasinskas will likely serve 35 years or less. Two-and-a-half years were removed from the sentence because Kasinskas obtained a GED, said her lawyer, Adam Bernstein. Another 2 1/2 years will be shaved off if she completes college, he said.
Kasinskas can ask for a further reduction after serving two-thirds of the sentence, said Senior Assistant Attorney General Will Delker.
Kasinskas pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder on March 28 in exchange for testifying against her boyfriend, William Sullivan, 20.
Sullivan’s lawyers argued that he was insane at the time of Dominico’s death and have appealed his July 15 conviction. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
In handing down the sentence, Groff told Nicole Kasinskas that she is just as guilty as Sullivan, even though she didn’t carry out the murder.
“The judge said that Nicole was every bit as culpable as Billy Sullivan. [Her] sentence is not a light sentence,” Delker said. “It’s one of the longest we ever got in a case like that.”
Unhappy that Dominico wouldn’t let Kasinskas move to Connecticut with Sullivan — whom she had met through the Internet — they tried to kill her with poison, burning her in her bed and by attempting to blow up her house.
On Aug. 6, 2003, Sullivan struck up a conversation with Dominico, 43, in her Nashua living room. Then he hit her in the head with a baseball bat and stabbed her more than 40 times, using three different knives, according to testimony from his trial. All the while, Kasinskas, then 16, waited at a nearby 7-Eleven. Kasinskas testified during Sullivan’s trial that she reluctantly went into her house after Sullivan killed her mother to retrieve a cloth for him to wipe off her mother’s blood. She had to push her mother’s body with the door to get inside, she said.
Victim Advocate Jennifer Hunt, who was in the courtroom, summarized statements made by Dominico’s fiance, Christopher McGowan, and others, including Amybeth Kasinskas, Nicole’s half-sister.
In his statement, McGowan said it was hard for him to think about Kasinskas sitting in Sullivan’s car in the store’s parking lot, reading a magazine while the slaying was taking place. He said that during a cellphone conversation with Sullivan before he carried out the crime, she had heard her mother cry out: ‘Nicole, come home!”‘ McGowan said.
“If only you had,” he said.
He noted that the victim was so well-liked that a school put up a bench and planted a tree in her memory, and the city named a ball field after her
In her statement, Amybeth Kasinskas talked about how hurtful Nicole’s poor choices were, and how she loved Dominico as she would her own mother.
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A Nashua woman who as a teen took part in the murder of her mother is asking the Executive Council Wednesday to hold a hearing on a bid to commute her 37½-year sentence.
Nicole Kasinskas, 32, pleaded guilty in 2005 to the second-degree murder of her mother, Jeanne Dominico.
She testified against her former boyfriend, William Sullivan, who on Aug. 6, 2003 brutally beat Dominico with a baseball bat and then stabbed her 40 times. At the time, Dominico’s daughter, Nicole, was at a nearby 7-Eleven convenience store, prosecutors said.
Sullivan was convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
Kasinskas admitted she arrived soon after the murder and stepped over her mother’s body to fetch a cloth to help clean up the blood.
Prosecutors said the teens killed Dominico because she refused to let the two teenagers live together.
“William Sullivan may be a psychopath, but there’s one thing that’s very clear to me in this case — the murder of your mother wouldn’t have happened without your complicity,” Judge William Groff told Kasinskas when he sentenced her in September 2005.
The Executive Council rarely grants a hearing on these requests. At times in the past, Gov. Chris Sununu has told councilors he would use his authority to block such a hearing.
N. William Delker, the senior attorney general who prosecuted Kasinskas’ case, said she had 2½ years taken off her sentence for advancing her education. Terms of her guilty plea allow her to seek more time off after serving two-thirds of her sentence, which would be in 2031.
Delker is now a Superior Court judge.
During a 2018 prison interview, Kasinskas said she loved her mother but that their relationship became strained after her parents divorced when she was 11.
She began a relationship, mostly online, with Sullivan when she was 14 and said he was “emotionally abusive.”
“He killed my mom, and I was a part of it. I was not physically there, but I knew and I helped him,” Kasinskas said. “Mentally and emotionally I don’t think I was fully there; I don’t think I was getting it.”
Kasinskas said she was making the best of life behind bars.
“This is my life now, and I want to live it. I am happy a lot and just prefer it that way. I don’t want to get lost in the sadness of it,” Kasinskas said. “Maybe if someone had tried harder to reach out it could have been different.”
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