Woman Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Attempting to Murder Elderly New Rochelle Man She Married to Illegally Obtain Citizenship

Written By: Robert Cox

WHITE PLAINS, NY — Olivia Raimo was sentenced for using a straight razor to slit the wrist of a New Rochelle senior she married to illegally obtain U.S. citizenship.

Raimo, 30, was sentenced on Jan. 13, 2022, to 15 years in state prison, with five years of post-release supervision on her plea of guilty to Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a felony.

On Jan. 24, 2020, while in the victim’s New Rochelle home, Raimo pushed the 74-year-old victim, wedging him between the toilet seat and a wall, and then slit his wrist with a straight razor. Upon arriving at the victim’s home, his home health aide, who was refused entry by Raimo, called the New Rochelle Police Department. The Police entered the home after they heard the victim screaming from the bathroom.

The victim was transported to Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, where he underwent two surgeries to reattach the tendons in his arm. The attack resulted in the victim losing all function in his hand.

Raimo and the victim married in 2017. The incident happened after Raimo, who was not a citizen of the United States, and the victim met with an attorney to prepare for an interview with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to demonstrate their marriage was legitimate. During the meeting, they were informed that they would have a hard time passing their marriage interview.

New Rochelle Police arrested Raimo on Feb. 11, 2020, following an investigation.

The case was before Judge Barry Warhit in Westchester County Court, and was prosecuted by Special Prosecutions Division Assistant District Attorney Charlotte Gudis.

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