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Woman Sentenced to 14 Years In Prison for Killing Man Who Worked in New City, Setting Fire

Body was found as firefighters battled blaze at apartment; 24-year-old woman found to be suffering from "extreme emotional disturbance."

A who killed a in 2011 has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter and arson, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe.

In the spring, Jodyann Hemmings, 24, of 156 W. 122 St., underwent separate examinations by clinical and forensic psychologists retained by the defense and prosecution in the wake of the slaying of Jason Ognenoff, 37, of Pomona. Zugibe said these experts determined Hemmings was suffering from extreme emotional disturbance, which led her to kill Ognenoff.

These expert medical findings constitute legal mitigation to the "intentional" portion of the original count of second-degree murder, Zugibe said, resulting in the reduction to the charge against Hemmings to first-degree manslaughter.

Hemmings has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge as well as second-degree arson.

“This defendant has been convicted and now punished for the particularly senseless and disturbing killing of a well-liked and hard-working man," Zugibe said. "I hope thevictim’s family can take solace in knowing that justice has been done and that society will beprotected from the defendant for many years.”

On Aug. 18, 2011, Hillcrest volunteer firefighters battling a blaze at 8 Charles Lane, Pomona, discovered Ognenoff's body in the living room of his apartment.
Zugibe said Hemmings intentionally set fire to Ognenoff’s home after striking him with a figurine and repeatedly stabbing him in the chest with a steak knife, causing his death.

Investigators ruled the fire arson. Ognenoff had worked at the CVS store in New City.

Hemmings eluded law enforcement officials for about six days following the killing. She was arrested near her home in New York City on Aug. 24, 2011.

The defendant will serve 15 years in state prison with five years post-release supervision, based on her guilty plea.

Hemmings is slated to be sentenced on Aug. 23, by State Supreme Court Judge William A. Kelly. As part of the plea, Hemmings must serve five years of post-release supervision when she completes her prison term.

Hemmings is being held at the Rockland County Correctional Facility in New City.

Supervising Assistant District Attorney Dominic Crispino and Senior Assistant District Attorney Richard K. Moran prosecuted the case.

Rob September 14, 2012 at 05:33 AM
15 Years ? You must be joking. ...Might was well set her free---Hey, it's only manslaughter and arson....yea...No big deal...
hardwired7 September 14, 2012 at 09:15 PM
How about the fact that she could have easily killed innocent tenants in that building? Such absolute callous displays of indifference should be met with far stiffer penalties. How long after she's released will we read about her next misadventures?
Chris September 16, 2012 at 11:21 PM
She should hang herself as far as I am concerned. Save everyone the misery of having to watch over her for more than a decade. Can you imagine if she ever became a nurse? She could have taken out her anger on many more people.

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