UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - After four years of legal maneuvering, the city of Utica has settled a multimillion dollar lawsuit brought by the family of a Deerfield woman killed by her Utica police officer husband.
Joseph Longo and Kristin Palumbo Longo were in the process of getting a divorce in September of 2009, when he stabbed her then himself to death in the Deerfield home they'd shared. The shocking murder-suicide left four young children without parents.
The city Wednesday night approved a $2 million settlement, which the mayor says will be allocated "for the benefit of Kristin's children".
The Palumbo family felt the city and former Police Chief Daniel LaBella had a duty to protect Kristin, and failed. They filed a civil lawsuit. The case was set to go to trial next month, but city leaders spent part of Wednesday morning and evening behind closed doors in executive session, discussing settlement terms.
The $2 million settlement was announced after the city Board of Estimate and Apportionment approved the settlement and the common council unanimously approved a bond ordinance, enabling the city to borrow the $2 million to settle the lawsuit against the city and former Police Chief Daniel LaBella.