The unrepentant pharmaceutical millionaire who force-fed her autistic son a fatal dose of prescription drugs insisted she did it for his own good Thursday in Manhattan court just before a judge sentenced her to 18 years in prison.
“I loved Jude more than anything in this world and I believed that he would live and die in unbelievable agony, and there’s no sadder person in this world than me over Jude’s death,” a sobbing Gigi Jordan, 54, whined to Justice Charles Solomon. “I can’t touch and smell his hair or see him smile. My only way of surviving is the hope that I can do good for other children that suffered Jude’s pain.”
Jordan claimed once again – as she had at trial – that she murdered her son February 5 of 2010 at the luxury Peninsula hotel because she feared that her ex-husband Raymond Mirra would kill her.
And then her son Jude Mirra would be condemned to a life of sexual abuse at the hands of his biological father Emil Tzekov.
Jordan, wearing a beige pantsuit and sitting at the defense table beside her four lawyers, read a passage from the Bible about God affording King Solomon wisdom and compassion.
“I pray that like your namesake, you will find compassion,” she said without uttering a word of apology or contrition.
During the bizarre six-week trial, Jordan’s defense argued that she committed the horrific crime in a state of extreme emotional disturbance out of fear of her ex-husbands. The jury agreed finding her guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter, which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years. Had the panel convicted her of murder, she would have faced 25-to-life.
The judge blasted Jordan for her lack of compunction, challenged her honesty and said that most of her claims had “no credible evidence.”
“You’d think the defendant would say, ‘What a terrible thing I did! How could I kill my own son? How could I do that to my own flesh and blood?’ Solomon said. “But she never said I’m sorry.”
He continued to lambast her, “The defendant attempted to portray this as a tragedy — there are tragedy’s here: first and foremost, is Jude Mirra, a smiling, happy 8-year-old boy that was killed by his mother. All the money and all her resources — she decided to kill him.”
The judge told Jordan, who is worth an estimated $50 million, that he did not believe Jude had been abused – although he conceded she might have believed it to be true. And he challenged her claim that after she murdered her son, she tried to kill herself with a deadly concoction of pills and vodka.
Prosecutor Matthew Bogdanos asked Solomon to give little Jude justice by sentencing his mother to the maximum.
“As your honor well knows the true worth of any society is not by how it cares for its wealthy, its best and brightest, the real value of a society is how it protects its weakest, its most vulnerable,” he said. “Few if any, your honor, have come across this courtroom who have been as dependent, as vulnerable as worthy of our protection as Jude Mirra and we failed him…I’m asking this court to take care of him in death like we didn’t in life.”
Jordan’s defense lawyers blasted the prosecution’s request as “punitive” and “vindictive” and condemned the hefty sentence.
We are extremely disappointed,” said defense lawyer Norman Siegel. “She’s (Jordan) extremely disappointed.” He said that Jordan plans to appeal.
The Manhattan District Attorney applauded the lengthy prison term.
“No one – and particularly no child – deserves the type of death that Jude Mirra suffered at the hands of his mother,” said District Attorney Cy Vance. “The poisoning and killing of an 8-year-old boy is a premeditated act of child abuse. After five years, justice has finally been served with today’s sentence of 18 years in state prison.”