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SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2002 Home News Tribune PAGE A3 New Jersey Pa I r I 1 vji A '-'-""' i ""'"" ' vr gr" . ' 4' -mrmm The Associated Press Susan Gigliotti of Mays Landing walks into the courtroom for sentencing in the ambush murder of her estranged husband, Joseph. Her ex-boyfriend is charged with pulling the trigger. Woman, 35, gets life for role in murder of estranged husband THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MAYS LANDING Cailing her evil and depraved, a judge sentenced a woman to life in prison yesterday for plotting the ambush murder of her estranged husband so she could run off with a married man she met on the Internet. Susan Gigliotti, 35, of Mays Landing must serve at least 40 years before becoming eligible for parole. She was convicted of murder, conspiracy and other charges in the April 16, 2000, slaying of Joseph Gigliotti, 32, who was shot to death when he returned the couple's two young sons after a weekend visit. Gigliotti sent the victim outside her mother's house to check on her car, which she said had been giving her trouble. Ex-boyfriend Richard DeBow, 39, was lying in wait and shot Joseph Gigliotti five times with a .22-caliber pistol, prosecutors said. Witnesses at her trial testified that Gigliotti hatched the plot because she was worried that her estranged husband's court-ordered visitation with their children would interfere with her plan to run off with Steven Ferman of Toms River. Ferman, who had two children and a third on the way at the time of the killing, had met Gigliotti in an online chat room and struck up a love affair with her. Gigliotti also was convicted of plotting to kill Ferman's wife, Karrie. The plot, which was never carried out, was to sneak into her home after she gave birth and slit her wrists in hopes of making it look like suicide brought on by postpartum depression. Gigliotti, who maintains innocence and plans to appeal the conviction, declined an offer to speak at her sentencing yesterday. : ,. But Joseph Gigliotti's rela tives had plenty to say, urging Superior Court Judge Michael Connor to impose the maximum penalty. "The trial showed what a cold, manipulative, despicable person that she really is," said the victim's father, Joseph Gigliotti Sr., 56, his voice breaking as he stood before the judge, a photograph of his dead son pinned to his chest. "She always put herself before everyone, in-, eluding her own mother and her own sons. And still she says she didn't do it." The victim's mother, cousin, sister and brother also delivered impassioned pleas, telling Connor not to show Gigliotti any mercy. He didn't, sentencing her to life in prison with a minimum of 30 years served for the killing and adding 10 years to be served consecutively for the conspiracy to kill Karrie Ferman. "She is remorseless, and, in the court's estimation, she is evil," said Connor, calling the murder and the other plot "utter depravity." The couple's sons, Joey, 13, and Christian, 5, have been living with Gigliotti's mother since she was arrested in the killing. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MOUNT LAUREL - Memorial Day weekend preparations for some have always meant more than buying sunscreen and checking out shore-bound traffic reports. Veterans and municipal leaders expect the traditional parades to be better attended, the cemetery ceremonies a bit more solemn this weekend with the attacks of Sept. 11 less than nine months in the past. Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 335 in Cran-ford will do what they always have on the last weekend in May: decorate graves today and hold a parade and open house at the post on Monday. "We're hoping we have a bigger crowd than ever, a little more patriotic," said Joseph DelGrippo, post quartermaster and a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. "I think the people will come out for this one." The state's ceremony today at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown will honor those who have died in all wars, said Maj. Dennis Devery, a spokesman for the state Department of Veterans Affairs. That list has grown in the past year, Devery said. "Obviously, the people we lost in the Pentagon and the people we lost most recently in Afghanistan" will be remembered, too, he said. In some New Jersey communities, the remembrance will be intensely personal. Closter lost two residents when the World Trade Center towers collapsed. The Bergen County borough is looking for a permanent way to memorialize them. In the meantime, a float in Monday's parade will feature a twisted section beam and a PATH subway sign recovered from Ground Zero. SUBWAY TRAINS Railroads warned of terrorist attacks THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON - The Transportation Department has warned transit and other railroad systems about possible terrorist attacks, a department official said yesterday. Spokesman Chet Lunner said the information that triggered the alert cited "unconfirmed, non-specific reports that indicated attacks" that were being considered against subway trains. The department sent the alert to all subways and other railroad systems, including commuter rail, passenger railroads and freight companies. The warning did not mention any specific cities nor did it warn of possible multiple attacks. The advisory asked transit system operators to "remain in a heightened state of alert," Lunner said. A source speaking on condition of anonymity said such attacks most likely would involve explosives. Lisa Schwartz, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversees transportation ' in the metropolitan area, would not discuss any specific measures being taken, saying only "we're taking all the steps possible to ensure the safety of our customers and our employees." Mark Groce, a spokesman for New York City Transit, the agency overseeing city subways and buses, would not comment on security matters. New Jersey Transit spokeswoman Penny Bassett-Hackett said yesterday the agency received the alert and planned to deploy three bomb sniffing dogs at strategic points on the transit system this weekend. Also, the FBI is publicly warning about a possible terrorist threat from scuba divers. In a bulletin sent to state and local law enforcement agencies, the FBI warned that "various terrorist elements have sought to develop an offensive scuba diver capability." 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