(NY Post) – A middle-aged mama’s boy set to be sentenced Monday for murdering his uncle was actually the puppet of a greedy family cabal, a Long Island lawsuit charges.
The children of victim Jonathan Frankowski Sr. claim in the civil suit that their cousin, convicted killer Jonathan Roman, 44, was acting at the direction of his mom, Sandra Roman, and aunt, Annmarie Porter.
The sisters wanted their brother, Frankowski Sr., dead so they could inherit another $100,000 apiece on top of the $200,000 each they were already getting from their late mother’s estate, the documents charge.
Frankowski Sr. had been named executor of their mother’s will after her death in 2013 — and his siblings were furious that he was slow in probating it, his kids say.
“To them, this money is everything,” Frankowski’s daughter, Kim Delany, told The Post on Sunday, referring to her cousin and aunts. “To them, it was a fortune, and they wanted that money as soon as possible.”
Frankowski’s son, John Jr., added of his relatives, “Clearly they’re a bunch of bumbling buffoons.”
“Obviously, had it not been for [our investigation], I truly believe that Jonathan and the rest of the family, in their mind, thought they were going to get away with murder,” he said.
After John Sr. went missing in early 2014, Sandra Roman left his son a voicemail asking him to call her. In the background of the March 2 call, her son, Jonathan Roman, can be heard saying “the f–king eyeballs are out” — which corresponds to the medical examiner’s testimony during Roman’s trial that the 71-year-old’s eyeballs bulged out when the killer choked him to death, court documents state.
Surveillance video from across the street that night showed Roman lugging a body out of his uncle’s house in a tarp and stuffing it into his mom’s car trunk, the suit says.
The estate has yet to be divided because of the pending civil action, according to the Frankowski kids’ lawyer.
Neither Porter nor lawyers for Sandra Roman responded to messages seeking comment.