Tuckahoe woman gets probation for causing injuries that killed mom

NEWS 12 WESTCHESTER: Denise Castracucco pleaded guilty to negligent homicide of her mother in 2011. (Sept. 27, 2012)

A Tuckahoe woman who shoved her 70-year-old mother to the floor, causing an injury that led to the older woman's death, was sentenced Thursday to five years probation.

Denise Castracucco, 49, of Lake Avenue, was also ordered by Westchester County Court Judge Susan Capeci in White Plains to undergo alcohol abuse counseling as part of her probation.

Castracucco got into an argument Feb. 8, 2011, with her mother, Dorothy Carraturo, in the kitchen of the apartment they shared at 68 Lake Ave.


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The mother suffered from a variety of ailments that left her in frail health.

Castracucco pushed her mother to the floor causing the older woman to suffer a broken leg, authorities said. Castracucco's brother arrived at the home later that afternoon to find his injured mother on the couch.

He immediately called 911 and Carraturo was rushed to Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville. Carraturo died the next day due to complications caused by the broken leg in conjunction with her other undisclosed ailments.

Castracucco pleaded guilty Sept. 29 to criminally negligent homicide, a felony, punishable by up to four years in prison. However, at the time of her plea, it was understood by all parties that she likely would be sentenced to probation.

Castracucco, who has had a history of alcohol abuse that included two drunken driving arrests, is the wife of Clemente Castracucco, who has been accused by federal authorities of being an associate of the Lucchese Crime Family. He was released from a federal prison in March after serving a three-year sentence stemming from a 2008 federal sweep of mob-connected illegal gambling operations.

Denise Castracucco's court-appointed attorney did not respond to request for comment. She also did not return calls seeking comment.

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