Judge Decides Sentence in 'Gone Mom' Case

Michelle Troconis was convicted of conspiracy to murder boyfriend's estranged wife, Jennifer Dulos
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 1, 2024 11:26 AM CST
Updated May 31, 2024 4:40 PM CDT
5 Years Later, a Conviction in Infamous 'Gone Mom' Case
This undated contributed photo, courtesy of the Farber family, shows Jennifer Farber Dulos.   (Courtesy of the Farber Family via AP, File)
UPDATE May 31, 2024 4:40 PM CDT

Michelle Troconis, who was convicted of helping her boyfriend plot and cover up the murder of his estranged wife, Jennifer Dulos, was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison on Friday. Judge Kevin Randolph imposed a 20-year prison sentence, to be suspended after 14½ years, plus five years' probation, the AP reports. Relatives and friends of Dulos who were in the Connecticut courtroom said the sentence isn't enough. Troconis spoke after members of her family and the victim's addressed the court, saying, "I am a person of profound faith and I have been praying and continue to pray for those who have suffered and continue to suffer." In announcing the sentence, Randolph told the assembly, "From what the court has heard, she has a great deal to offer."

Mar 1, 2024 11:26 AM CST

A woman was convicted Friday of conspiring to murder missing mother-of-five Jennifer Dulos, who vanished from a wealthy Connecticut enclave in 2019 and was never found. Michelle Troconis, 49, sat with her head down and cried as the jurors were polled as to whether they agreed with the verdict, per the AP. She later rested her head on the table and could be heard sobbing before marshals cuffed her and led her from the courtroom. In addition to the conspiracy to commit murder charge, which is punishable with up to 20 years in prison, the jury convicted Troconis of hindering the prosecution and evidence tampering. Her bond was set at $6 million and she is scheduled to be sentenced May 31. Prosecutors said Troconis helped her then-boyfriend, Fotis Dulos, in his plot to kill his estranged wife and cover it up.

Authorities believe Fotis Dulos killed Jennifer Dulos as they battled each other in divorce and child custody proceedings. Fotis Dulos killed himself in January 2020 shortly after being charged with murder. He had denied the allegations. Jennifer Dulos, 50, vanished on May 24, 2019, after dropping off their five children at school. At the time, she was living with the children in New Canaan while Fotis Dulos stayed in the family's spacious home about 70 miles away in Farmington. Troconis and her daughter were living with Fotis Dulos at the time. The case drew widespread attention and was the subject of a made-for-TV movie, Lifetime's Gone Mom. Another defendant in the case, Kent Mawhinney, a friend of Fotis Dulos and his one-time lawyer in a civil case, is awaiting trial on a murder conspiracy charge. He has pleaded not guilty.

(More Jennifer Dulos stories.)

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