Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for Stabbing Death of Wife Following Argument in Bay Ridge Apartment

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 54-year-old Bay Ridge man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison following his guilty plea to first-degree manslaughter last month for the 2014 stabbing death of his 46-year-old wife following an argument inside of their apartment.

District Attorney Thompson said, “Today’s sentence guarantees that this defendant is held accountable for the senseless slaying of his wife, the mother of his four children, who, by this guilty plea and sentence, were spared the trauma of a trial and ensured a measure of justice for their mother.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Hasan Rugova, 54, of 101 Marine Avenue, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The defendant was sentenced today to a determinate term of 18 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice John Ingram.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on May 20, 2014, at approximately 2 a.m., at 101 Marine Avenue, the defendant’s 14-year-old son observed the defendant, his father, repeatedly stabbing his wife, Gyltene Rugova (who was the child’s mother), in the chest and neck with a knife and intervened, pulling the defendant off of his wife. The defendant then stabbed himself in the stomach. The teen sustained a slash to his arm and was treated at the hospital with stitches and released.

Furthermore, according to the investigation, the stabbing occurred after Gyltene Rugova indicated she wanted a divorce from the defendant. Gyltene Rugova died as a result of multiple stab wounds to her chest and neck, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Cynthia A. Lynch and Joan Erskine, of the District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Bureau, under the supervision of Michelle L. Kaminsky, Bureau Chief.