Chmielewski pleads guilty to killing hairstylist Porreca

September 06, 2016 06:18 PM

ALBANY -- Michael Chmielewski took a plea deal in Albany County Court Tuesday morning, by pleading guilty to the first degree murder of Jackie Porreca in August 2015. He'll spend at least 22 years in prison.

But Porreca's sister, Gio Falciano, says 22 years in prison isn't close to enough.

"No one understands what pain my family went through to watch my sister die and go through a stroke and fight to live," said Falciano.

Chmielewski's attorney Cheryl Coleman says it was a heroin addiction that caused the former Colonie honor student to walk into Recycled Salon on Sand Creek Road looking to rob the place.

He stabbed, Porreca, in the neck and she eventually died days later.  Chmielewski wasn't secretive about it once he was caught. Police had multiple video taped confessions.

"He basically confessed to everyone in the world," said Coleman.

Coleman says Chmielewski is remorseful and was ready to admit his guilt and do the time. Her job was to decrease the sentence.

"He's really remorseful, I really do think that in the far future that he can have a life out and that he should. This never should have happened," said Coleman.

But Porecca's sister doesn't think he's remorseful. And she says heroin is no excuse.

"I think it's a good way to manipulate the system to make it look like this guy is just an addict. But even at the same time, even if he was a big heroin addict, it doesn't matter because there's no cause for murder," said Falciano.

The second suspect in this case, Sean Moreland, is due in court on Thursday.

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