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    Arrest made in socialite’s murder two years later

    By Shawn Cohen, Lorena Mongelli and Bruce Golding
    November 13, 2017 | 9:29am


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    An illegal immigrant from Guatemala was charged on Monday in the 2015 bludgeoning death of a Westchester socialite whose playboy son helped break up Gov. Cuomo’s marriage.

    Esdras Marroquin Gomez — who had worked as a day laborer at the sprawling estate owned by victim Lois Colley and her husband — was hauled into court two years after the grisly homicide.

    Gomez, 32, was secretly indicted for second-degree murder last year, but the paperwork remained sealed until after he was arrested in Miami on Friday, Westchester District Attorney Anthony Scarpino said.

    Scarpino said the slaying stemmed from a “dispute,” possibly over money, that erupted when Gomez visited Windswept Farm, Colley’s 300-acre spread overlooking the Titicus Reservoir in North Salem.

    Scarpino said Gomez went to the hilltop mansion, “possibly to speak with someone else in the family,” but “confronted Lois” instead.

    Gomez allegedly battered Colley, 83, with a fire extinguisher, the pin to which an investigator found lying next to her body in a mud room outside the kitchen.

    The extinguisher was later discovered, with Colley’s DNA on it, wrapped in plastic at the bottom of a pond on the property, Scarpino said.

    Colley also was hit with a wine bottle during the attack, a source familiar with the probe said.

    State police led the investigation, and the source said Gomez emerged as the prime suspect almost immediately.

    Colley was married to Eugene Colley, 89, who made a fortune as a McDonald’s restaurant franchisee.

    Eugene Colley called 911 after getting a panicked call from a caretaker who found Mrs. Colley’s body on Nov. 9, 2015.

    The couple’s four sons include Bruce Colley, an official with the US Polo Association and a fox hunter whose affair with Kerry Kennedy destroyed her marriage to Andrew Cuomo in 2003.

    Bruce Colley also split from his wife, Ann Colley, as a result of the infamous fling.

    Gomez fled to Guatemala following the killing, then sneaked into Mexico, where he was recently busted as an illegal immigrant, FBI official Michael *McGarrity said.

    He was deported to Guatemala by way of Miami, where he was nabbed by the feds.

    Defense lawyer Diane Webster said Gomez pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday and was ordered held without bail pending another court appearance next month.

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    He fled to Guatemala, then went to Mexico, where he was arrested as an illegal alien and he was deported to Guatemala by way of Miami.

    Does that make sense?

    Do we allow Mexico to deport their illegals by way of Miami? Were they working with the US on this?
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    Illegal immigrant charged in 2015 murder of New York socialite


    Esdras Marroquin Gomez pleaded not guilty to a murder charge Monday. (New York State Police)

    An illegal immigrant was charged this week in the death of a New York socialite who was found bludgeoned to death in her hilltop estate two years ago, the end result of an elaborate international manhunt.

    Esdras Marroquin Gomez, 32, pleaded not guilty Monday at his arraignment on a murder charge in the death of 83-year-old Lois Colley, according to the Westchester County district attorney's office, who said he was indicted by a grand jury last year.

    "The murder scene was horrendous," Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino said. "From our evaluation, we believe the murder weapon was a home fire extinguisher, and she was brutally assaulted."

    Colley, the wife of a millionaire McDonald’s franchise owner, lived on a 300-acre estate in North Salem called the Windswept Farm. Her son, Bruce, broke up Gov. Andrew Cuomo's marriage after having an affair with Cuomo's then-wife, Kerry Kennedy.


    Colley was member of the local fox hunting club

    Gomez had done work there and fled to his native Guatemala just days after the killing, prosecutors said.

    He was arrested in Miami this past weekend after being deported from Mexico, where he had been working illegally, according to Scarpino, who described his capture as an elaborate international effort. Mexican authorities deported him to Guatemala and he was placed on a flight that stopped in Miami, where Federal Bureau of Investigation agents boarded the plane and arrested him.

    "Mexican authorities located Mr. Gomez, and we brought him back to Westchester County," FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael McGarrity said, according to ABC7. "This case illustrates how we are able to reach beyond our borders to find criminals who believe they can elude arrest."

    Gomez has since been ordered held without bail and will appear in court again Dec. 7.

    Colley's body was discovered in her home by a caretaker who worked at the farm. At the time there was no sign of forced entry, and no valuables had been taken.

    Police found a pin from a fire extinguisher next to Colley's body. Several days later, investigators found the fire extinguisher wrapped in a plastic bag in a pond on the property, Scarpino said. Colley's DNA was allegedly discovered on the fire extinguisher.

    He was arrested in Miami this past weekend after being deported from Mexico, where he had been working illegally, according to Scarpino, who described his capture as an elaborate international effort. Mexican authorities deported him to Guatemala and he was placed on a flight that stopped in Miami, where Federal Bureau of Investigation agents boarded the plane and arrested him.

    "Mexican authorities located Mr. Gomez, and we brought him back to Westchester County," FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael McGarrity said, according to ABC7. "This case illustrates how we are able to reach beyond our borders to find criminals who believe they can elude arrest."

    Gomez has since been ordered held without bail and will appear in court again Dec. 7.

    Colley's body was discovered in her home by a caretaker who worked at the farm. At the time there was no sign of forced entry, and no valuables had been taken.

    Police found a pin from a fire extinguisher next to Colley's body. Several days later, investigators found the fire extinguisher wrapped in a plastic bag in a pond on the property, Scarpino said. Colley's DNA was allegedly discovered on the fire extinguisher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nntrixie View Post
    He fled to Guatemala, then went to Mexico, where he was arrested as an illegal alien and he was deported to Guatemala by way of Miami.

    Does that make sense?

    Do we allow Mexico to deport their illegals by way of Miami? Were they working with the US on this?
    Yes, it does look like the U.S. and Mexico worked together in this instance. I assume Mexico found his name on a list of wanted fugitives in the U.S. and notified us of their catch. I further assume that delivery was made in an indirect fashion. Well, that's pretty much my take on the situation.
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