Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced April 3 that Mulumba Kazigo has agreed to plead guilty in Nassau County Court to manslaughter - 1st degree, a Class B felony in the August 2004 killing of his father, Dr. Joseph Kazigo, 67, an emergency room physician at Nassau University Medical Center.
The District Attorney made the acceptance of the plea conditional to the defendant receiving 20 years in prison for Kazigo's role in his father's murder, which occurred in Westbury. In September 2005, the grand jury returned an indictment for murder - 2nd degree, a Class A felony; burglary - 1st degree, a Class B felony; and tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony. Without the guilty manslaughter plea, Kazigo, if convicted on the above mentioned charges faced a maximum of 25 years-to-life in prison.
On Wednesday, Aug. 24, Kazigo, 26, broke into the victim's Westbury apartment and beat his sleeping father with a baseball bat before eventually slitting his throat. Kazigo purchased the bat, various other weapons and materials, used to conceal and transport his father's body, in the days leading up to the incident. After Kazigo left the apartment, he dumped his father's remains, along with evidence from the case, in a wooded area in Westchester County, just 10 minutes from the Kazigo family home. He would later lead authorities to the remains.
"This was a troubling case from the beginning," said District Attorney Kathleen Rice. "We believe Mr. Kazigo acted with intention, premeditation and with full knowledge of the consequences. Yet we acknowledge the defendant's extensive history of mental health issues and the alleged years of abuse he and his family were put through by the victim in this case."
Judge William Donnino presided over the April 3 court proceedings
handling the case for the prosecution was the Assistant District Attorney Fred Klein, chief of the D.A.'s Major Offense Bureau.
Kazigo, who was represented by Steve Chaikin, will be sentenced May 10 before Judge Donnino.