“She pushed my last button”

Mother accused of strangulation death of daughter


Mother confesses to strangling daughter

Mother pleads not guilty in death of daughter

Mother pleads guilty to daughter’s 2010 death

On February 22, 2010, John Pagli returned to his Manhattanville College campus apartment and was greeted with a horrible sight, the lifeless body of his 18-year-old daughter Marissa and his unconscious wife Stacy.  What he would find out about what happened to his daughter and wife would change his life forever.

It appears Marissa had a tendency to be disrespectful when talking to her mother and on that fateful day mom had enough.  When she asked her daughter where she was going and Marissa was disrespectful in her answer, Stacy told her “that is the last time you will talk to me that way” and proceeded to strangle her daughter to death.  She then “attempted” to slit her wrist and hang herself on a doorknob. Of course both were unsuccessful.  Aren’t they always?

In her statements given to police after the killing she said her daughter was “disrespectful all the time” and had “pushed my last button.”  Well… what can we say to that?  I guess it’s good to know for the future when my children hit 18-years-old, that the punishment for disrespect is death.  Who’d have thought it?

Flash forward:

February 1st 2011… Stacy pleads guilty to first-degree manslaughter.  I’m not sure that is the proper charge, since some of the links provided state she strangled her daughter with her bare hands and that Marissa was awake at the time of the attack and fought for her life.  To me that constitutes murder, but hey I’m not the judge.  In exchange for her guilty plea, Stacy will be sentenced to 20 years in prison.  Sentencing is set for April 5th.

R.I.P. Marissa

Thanks to Dodia Fae and April H. for the tip.