Saturday, February 16, 2008

Illegal alien pleads guilty to strangling filmmaker

Diego Pillco, an illegal alien from Ecuador, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the November 2006 strangling death of "Waitress" filmmaker Adrienne Shelly in New York City's Greenwich Village. The construction worker admitted he strangled Shelly, 40, in her Manhattan apartment after she caught him snatching money out of her handbag. He is due to be sentenced to 25 years in prison.

"Waitress," which Shelly wrote, directed and co-starred in with Cheryl Hines and Nathan Fillion, earned rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival when it was released two months after her death.

Last spring, Hines said that promoting the film without Shelly was “bittersweet." "This movie is so beautiful and it's very exciting that people are noticing that . At the same time, Adrienne should be right here and it's not fair," she told UPI. "I wish she could be here to hear people tell her and to see for herself how she has affected them," Fillion said. "What should have been one more piece in a long line of beautiful works has become a legacy."

"Adrienne and our family suffered an unimaginable horror that nobody should have to go through," said her husband Andy Ostroy, who has set up the Adrienne Shelly Foundation to help women filmmakers establish themselves.

1 comment:

  1. According to media, they are just a bunch of innocent fellows trying to make ends meet.

    Someday, somehow, somewhere, a rich famous person is going to get messed up by an illegal. The tune will only then change.



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