Boyfriend Indicted for Alleged Murder of Local Woman

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 A local woman’s last moments may have been more tragic than originally thought. A local man, Shmuel Levine, has been indicted on murder charges for allegedly beating his girlfriend to death on Monday, October 26. Danielle Marrano of Rockaway Park was 37.

According to DCPI, at around 2:40 p.m. on Monday, October 26, police from the 100th Precinct responded to a call at 117-12 Ocean Promenade, known as the Hampton House. Police encountered Marrano, who was laying on the pavement, unconscious and unresponsive. EMS transported Marrano to Jamaica Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Marrano, whose body was found below her 6th floor window, was originally thought to have jumped in a possible suicide attempt. However, a medical examiner determined that she had four fractures to her skull, at least two of which were not consistent with injuries by a fall from an elevated height. The medical examiner determined that her death was a homicide.

A further investigation revealed more details. According to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, inside Marrano’s apartment, police found hair that appeared to match Ms. Marrano’s and also observed a large dent in the wall. According to the charges, Marrano’s boyfriend, Shmuel Levine of Beach 135th Street, allegedly got into a verbal argument with her over cheating and was attempting to take her phone. The dispute escalated into a physical confrontation, with Levine allegedly putting Marrano in a chokehold. It is not immediately clear how Marrano wound up on the pavement below the apartment.

Shmuel was initially arrested and charged with robbery and assault. However, on Monday, November 2, a Queens County grand jury indicted Levine on charges of murder in the second degree. Levine is expected to be arraigned next week before Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Buchter.

“This woman’s last moments of life were brutal,” Katz said. “The defendant allegedly resorted to vicious, physical violence to resolve a quarrel. The defendant has been charged accordingly and is in custody.”

If convicted, Levine faces up to 25 years-to-life in prison.

Marrano is survived by her parents, Dominick Sr. and Karen Marrano, and her brother, Dominick. Marrano had worked as a dental hygienist at Advanced Gentle Dentistry of Park Slope. “My daughter was a beautiful bright shining star,” Marrano’s mother, Karen Marrano, told the New York Daily News. “She loved her family and her friends and her brother very much. She loved to dance and travel.”

A wake was held for Marrano on Sunday, November 1 at a funeral home in Brooklyn, followed by a funeral Mass on Monday, November 2 at Saints Simon & Jude Roman Catholic Church.

 By Katie McFadden

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