The killer’s ex-lover beats chef Cipriani who died of an overdose.
The girlfriend of a murderous prostitute who gave Cipriani Dolci head chef Andrea Zamperoni a lethal dose of a rape drug at a shady Queens motel has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.
Leslie Lescano got 32 months in prison from Brooklyn federal judge Brian Cogan for her role in the 2019 plot to drug and rob the Zamperoni at the Elmhurst motel.
Cogan said he saw no evidence that Lescano was involved in drugging Zamperoni, but he decided he knew enough about how Angelina Barini worked to know he would “take advantage of John” that night.
Cogan said Lescano’s actions amounted to “willful blindness” because he knew he had done this before and that someone had died.
Prosecutors said that on 18 August 2019, Barini tricked Zamperoni into going to Kaway Lodge and told Lescano to hide in the bathroom.
According to court documents, the person who linked Zamperoni then put gamma-butyrolactone in his drink, which knocked him unconscious.
The two stole his credit card, which Lescano then used to “spend the money”, according to what prosecutors wrote in a letter to the judge.
While Zamperoni lay dead in his room for days, Lescano and the others used his bank cards at a casino in Queens. Lescano also sent more than $750 to unnamed individuals.
Lescano’s lawyer said his client lacked “intelligence” and was involved in the crime because he knew Barini.
“He was fooled. He was stupid,” said attorney Jeremy Schneider.
Lescano spoke briefly to the judge before the verdict was handed down. He told the judge, in tears, that he had worked hard all his life and missed his family since coming to the United States from the Philippines.
He told the judge, “I just want you to know that I am a good person.”
Cogan said he didn’t think Lescano meant for anyone to die that night, but it was “ridiculous” not to think that could happen.
Barini, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison in August, placed Zamperoni’s body in the trash in a motel room and stayed there for three days.
After she was reported missing, the police went to her room. When they first entered, they smelled burning incense and saw corpses.
In court documents, police said that officers also saw trash cans with “naked human feet sticking out.”