L.I. Man Pleads Guilty In Attack On Upstate Woman

AUBURN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A 28-year-old Long Island man has pleaded guilty to slashing the throat of an upstate New York woman who was nearly decapitated in the attack last month.

Christopher Tessitore of Islip Terrace pleaded guilty Wednesday in Cayuga County Court to attempted murder for attacking 41-year-old Felicia Bowman inside the home of her friend in Auburn on Feb. 20. Authorities said Tessitore’s girlfriend lived at the home.

Authorities said Tessitore and Bowman had never met before. Officials said Tessitore attacked Bowman during an argument, then fled the house before being tackled by Bowman’s friend. Police arrived on the scene soon after.

Prosecutors said Bowman was nearly decapitated and minutes from death. Officials said she has since been released from the hospital.

Tessitore faces 18 years in prison when he’s sentenced in May.

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  • Citizen

    Everyone knows no the punishments haven’t fit the crimes for a long time now and the good news – they get to live free on our tax dollars. The justice system is a big joke. The friend should have killed him on the spot.

  • David Flores

    a measly 18 years for such a savage crime? def would take the law into my own hands on this one nuff said

  • Rick

    Holy….! Nearly decapitated and survived? That’s hard to believe.

  • Matthias

    Eighteen years doesn’t seem quite enough.

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