A 29-year-old man may spend the rest of his life behind bars for murdering a 66-year-old woman outside the former historic Armory building in New Rochelle.
Jose Olmos, who was homeless at the time of the incident, has been sentenced to a term of between 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Nurten Seljuk on July 27 last year.
In the early hours on the morning of the murder, Olmos stalked his victim “for some time” as she pulled a piece of luggage near Main Street in New Rochelle. Olmos proceeded to beat Seljuk, repeatedly striking her and stomping her on her chest, neck, and head, killing her.
Seljuk’s body was found the following morning in the driveway of the Armory. The cause of death was determined to be from multiple blunt force trauma injuries and asphyxiation
In court on Thursday, July 11 for sentencing, Seljuk’s two sisters spoke of her life and the impact her death has had on theirs.
According to the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, “they described a well-educated woman who through illness and divorce fell on hard times even as the family tried to help.”
“I can’t stand the idea of her being remembered as a homeless lady left in the garbage,” Dervishe Bolvadin told the court. “She was a treasure, an unappreciated treasure. She deserved the best that life had to offer. Not this.”
Assistant District Attorney Christine O’Connor read a statement from their other sister, Fay Mirillo.
“God forgive Jose Olmos for taking her life because I certainly cannot,” she added. “I will remember Nurten for being both a sister and mom to me during my childhood…and I will try to fill the hole in my heart by nourishing the love we had for each other.”
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