An Ocean Township man convicted of killing and dismembering his grandmother and former girlfriend was sentenced to two life sentences this morning after telling a Superior Court judge that he killed the women's clones.
Before his punishment was imposed, Rosario "Russell'' Miraglia, 36, gave a rambling speech with quotes from the Bible and references to mathematics. Miraglia chastised the judge and the prosecuting attorney for a trial that he claimed was filled with lies.
"Get your facts straight when you say who I killed. You say I killed an 88-year-old woman and a 31-year-old girl,'' he said, turning to Executive Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Richard Incremona. "I killed a 20-year-old genetically manipulated clone of Julia Miraglia and a 5-year-old genetically manipulated clone of Leigh Martinez, the puppet master. It was a bet.''
He was convicted Sept. 2 on two counts of murder and weapons offenses. In a letter to Chaiet, Miraglia's aunt, Joanne Corridia, called her nephew a "monster'' for killing her mother.
"I have beautiful pictures of my mother but the ones that are tattooed in my mind and can never be removed are the ones of her lying beheaded with her hands and feet strewn around her as if they were disposable rags,'' she wrote.