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Francesca Kiel helped Ralph Keppler to plan a brutal attack on her mother Theresa Kiel, which left her in a vegetative state for almost two years before her death.
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A 23-year-old New Yorker was sentenced to 13 years in prison Thursday for helping plan the brutal murder of his mother with a bar. The older woman was in a coma for almost two years before she died.
Lynbrook’s Francesca Kiel pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter
On July 14, Lynbrook’s Francesca Kiel pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter for helping her friend Ralph Keppler plan the attack on her mother Theresa Kiel, 56, a teacher and principal of Long Beach.
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Keppler, 30, a former city correctional officer, pleaded guilty in December 2019 to second degree murder, second degree conspiracy and criminal possession of a fourth degree weapon. On June 30, he was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
“Francesca Kiel and her boyfriend meticulously planned the attack and murder of their own mother, Theresa Kiel, in December 2016,” Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement.
“This investigation was particularly difficult as the co-defendants worked hard to cover their tracks before and after the attack.”
In 2018, Singas called the attack on Theresa, who had worked in the Malverne school district for 30 years, as “barbaric,” LIHerald.com reported.
“Theresa Kiel was deprived of any quality of life when this defendant allegedly smashed her skull with a metal dumbbell on her way to her apartment in Long Beach,” Singas said in a statement at the time. reported LIHerald.com.
“This barbaric attack, allegedly motivated by a trade dispute and carried out by a man employed as a proofreader, has left Ms Kiel in a persistent vegetative state and prosecutors in my office are determined to bring this defendant to justice,” said Singas.
December 4, 2016
On December 4, 2016, at around 10:30 p.m., Keppler waited for Theresa to return home to her apartment before attacking her, Singas said in the statement.
When Theresa entered the entrance hallway of her apartment complex, Keppler hit her “several times in the head and face with a metal dumbbell,” Singas said.
Theresa suffered severe brain damage, a broken skull, a depressed right eye, and lost some teeth.
She was taken to a local hospital where she was in a “vegetative state” until her death almost two years later on November 10, 2018.
Keppler fled the scene and returned to the Lynbrook house he shared with Kiel.
Kiel’s role in her mother’s death
Authorities later discovered Kiel’s role in her mother’s death: She had purchased a GPS tracking device that was ultimately attached to her mother’s car, Singas said in the statement.
She also “set up email notifications to let her know when her mother’s car was near her mother’s home or workplace,” Singas said.
On the night of the murder, authorities also found that Kiel called the same taxi company in Long Beach that Keppler picked up near the scene of the crime.
On January 24, 2018, Keppler was arrested on Rikers Island – where he worked – and charged with attempted murder, which was corrected after Theresa’s death.
After Keppler’s arrest, Long Beach prosecutors and police continued their investigations in which it appears Kiel was involved.
She was arrested on November 11, 2018.
“Our condolences go to Theresa’s mother and brother as well as her many friends and employees of the Malverne school system,” Singas said in the statement.
Lawyers for Kiel and Keppler did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s comments.