A retired New York City police officer who fatally shot his wife in front of the couple’s two young children because he thought she was having an affair has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Kevin Canty, a 44-year-old ex-cop with the NYPD, plead guilty to shooting his wife, 40-year-old Jessica Mera Canty, to death. His reasoning for taking out his wife like a cold-blooded killer? He believed that she was having an affair. As the Daily Mail shares, he committed the heinous crime right in front of the couple’s two children, ages six and nine.
Mr. Canty admitted that he shot his wife seven times as their 6- and 9-year-old children watched inside their Queens home on April 19, 2014.
The couple had been together since they were teenagers. Mr. Canty has a 20-year-old daughter from the marriage, as well as the two children who witnessed the shooting. Reports indicate that Kevin grew suspicious of his wife’s faithfulness, so he shot her seven times. The kids would run from the house to get some help. Cops were soon en route, and he offered up an explanation when they arrived.
After shooting his wife seven times with a 9mm pistol inside their home in Ozone Park, Canty broke down and confessed, telling a police detective who apprehended him about a mile away from the crime scene, ‘I’m sorry.’
‘I love my wife,’ he said. ‘She was cheating on me.’
He then went on to call the slain mother of three a ‘whore.’
The couple’s two young children, a girl aged four and a boy aged eight, were home as he fired into Mera Canty’s stomach, upper chest, breast, arm, and armpit. According to CBS, a neighbor shopping at a nearby deli saw the two children run from the house, yelling, ‘Daddy shot Mommy!’
‘They came in screaming, crying saying their dad just shot their mom and there’s blood all over, please help,’ local Heidi Gamble said.
Prior to Canty’s retirement from the force, he was honored by the NYPD for helping save a subway rider who had a heart attack at Union Square in 2012.
But Canty’s neighbors described him as an intimidating man prone to violent rages and said he and his wife fought often.
Mr. Canty was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of his wife.