Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that Mulumba Kazigo was sentenced May 10 to 20 years in prison for killing his father in August 2005. Dr. Joseph Kazigo, 67, an emergency room physician at Nassau University Medical Center, was murdered in his Westbury apartment.
In April, Mulumba pled guilty to manslaughter - 1st degree, a Class B felony. Rice made the acceptance of the plea conditional to the defendant receiving 20 years in prison for his role in the killing. In September 2005, a 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. Had Mulumba been convicted on the murder charged he would have faced a possibility of life in prison.
On 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.
"[Mulumba] Kazigo's incredibly violent actions were premeditated and done with full knowledge of the consequences he faced if apprehended," said Rice. "I took everything into account before agreeing to come down from a charge that could have resulted in [Mulumba] Kazigo spending the rest of his life in prison."
Judge William Donnino presided over the May 10 proceedings at Nassau County Court in Mineola. Handling the case for the prosecution was Assistant District Attorney Fred Klein, chief of the DA's Major Offense Bureau. Mulumba Kazigo was represented by Steve Chaikin.