Strangling victim Theresa Gorski still critical; husband Christopher Howson due back in court

Christopher Howson, 49, was arrested after he reportedly

Christopher Howson, 49, was arrested after he reportedly nearly choked his wife. Howson was charged with second-degree attempted murder and first-degree strangulation, Sleepy Hollow Police said. (Jan. 5, 2013) Photo Credit: News12

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A Sleepy Hollow woman who is clinging to life in a hospital after she was strangled Saturday is a defense attorney who works with youth offenders, Newsday has learned.

A source familiar with the victim told Newsday her name is Theresa V. Gorski, an attorney with the Bronx Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Division. Officials at Phelps Memorial Hospital confirmed Gorski was admitted there Saturday and remained hospitalized on Tuesday.

Cops said Gorski was choked by her husband in a domestic dispute Saturday. She was listed in critical condition Tuesday and is not expected to survive, cops said.

Christopher Howson, 49, has been charged with second-degree attempted murder and first-degree strangulation in the 3 a.m. incident Saturday. His attorney on Monday requested an adjournment of the case, and Sleepy Hollow village Justice Andres Valdespino ordered Howson to return on Jan. 14.

Repeated calls to the Bronx Legal Aid Society on Tuesday were not returned.

Howson dialed 911 after the fight, police said, not specifying the cause of the argument. His wife was found unresponsive inside their home at 127 New Broadway. She was in cardiac arrest, and police began trying to resuscitate her before she was taken to the hospital, officials said.

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Howson is being held without bail at Westchester County Jail.

The couple have two daughters, ages 5 and 8, according to News12.

There is no history of domestic incidents at the home, police said.


The investigation continues, Sleepy Hollow police said, with Westchester County police detectives and the county district attorney's office assisting.

Sleepy Hollow court officials said Tuesday morning that Howson is being represented by the Legal Aid Society of Westchester. A message left with Legal Aid was not immediately returned Tuesday.

With Timothy O'Connor

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