Jail sentence for woman who married New York man to get citizenship and then tried to kill him

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — A woman who pushed her husband between a toilet seat and a wall and then cut his wrist with a straight razor in an attempted murder has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, Westchester District Attorney Miriam Rocah said County.

Olivia Raimo, 30, had married her husband to obtain US citizenship, Rocah said. She attacked her 74-year-old husband at his New Rochelle home on January 24, 2020.

The victim’s health assistant, who arrived during the attack, was refused entry by Raimo, so she called the police.

When officers arrived at the home, they could hear the victim screaming from the bathroom.

The victim later had two surgeries to reattach the tendons in his arm, but he still lost all function in the hand.

“Violence is particularly heinous when it targets the elderly,” Rocah said. “My office will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to seek justice for all vulnerable victims of crime.”

The couple was married in 2017. When they later met with a lawyer to prepare for Raimo’s interview with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, they were told they would struggle to get through their marriage interview, Rocah said. The attack took place after the conversation with the lawyer.

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