Ex-prison guard: "I want Ronell Wilson to live."
The one-time federal prison guard from Long Island accused of conceiving a child with convicted cop killer Ronell Wilson told a federal judge Monday that she provided a paternity test to try to help him escape execution.
"He's the father of my son, and I do want him to live," ex-guard Nancy Gonzalez, 29, of Huntington Station, told Brooklyn U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan.
The hearing was called to discuss government questions about whether Gonzalez' lawyer and legal strategy were focused on her best interests, or on trying to help Wilson escape capital punishment at his penalty trial scheduled to start later this month.
The paternity test would allow Wilson to sympathetically portray himself as a new father to jurors at a trial later this month over whether he should get the death penalty, but also makes it impossible for Gonzalez to dispute that she had sex with Wilson in her own case.
Cogan said prosecutors were also concerned about a recorded conversation in which Gonzalez questioned whether her lawyer, Anthony Ricco, had her best interests at heart. Gonzalez said the comment was made when she was about to give birth in March and was dealing with "all kinds of emotions."
Ricco told the judge that he was representing Gonzalez pro bono, and not getting paid by any third party. Cogan concluded that there was no conflict of interest. Ricco told reporters that a guilty plea is likely in the case soon.
Wilson, 31, was convicted of murdering undercover NYPD detectives James Nemorin of Baldwin Harbor and Rodney Andrews of Middle Village in 2003, but his death sentence was overturned. His new penalty trial is scheduled to begin June 24.