An estranged husband and his girlfriend have been convicted of murdering his teacher wife and hiding her charred remains surrounded by air fresheners at a Staten Island storage facility, prosecutors announced Monday.
Michael Cammarata, 44, and his girlfriend Ayisha Egea, 43, were charged with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, and concealment of a human corpse, two counts of tampering with physical evidence, and five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, according to NBC.
Cammarata was also charged with fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, and first-, third- and fourth- degree stalking.
The pair have pleaded not guilty to the charges but Cammarata was found guilty before a jury in New York Supreme Court on all charges, NBC reported.
Egea will be tried separately at a later date.
Michael Cammarata (left), 44, and his girlfriend Ayisha Egea (right), 43, have been convicted of murdering his estranged wife and hiding her charred remains surrounded by air fresheners at a Staten Island storage facility, prosecutors announced Monday
Cammarata and Egea murdered 37-year-old mother-of-three Jeanine Cammarata (pictured) 48 hours after she served Cammarata divorce papers. Her 'charred and unrecognizable' body was found five days after she was reported missing
Jeanine's body was found in a storage facility in Staten Island, New York (pictured). The van that Cammarata allegedly drove from Queens to Staten Island on Saturday night had been recovered by police but Jeanine's car was not immediately found
Police at Extra Space Storage on Staten Island where the body was found
They both face a maximum penalty of life in prison and a minimum sentence of just 25 years for what Richmond County District Attorney Michael E McMahon called a 'heinous crime' with a 'calculated and cold-hearted plot'.
In March of 2019 Cammarata and Egea killed 37-year-old mother-of-three Jeanine Cammarata in an act of domestic violence.
Forty-eight hours earlier Jeanine had served Cammarata divorce papers. Although the couple had two children, at the time she and her estranged husband had already seemed to be living separate lives.
Cammarata was dating Egea, who was six months pregnant when she helped in the murder; and Jeanine had a boyfriend, who remained anonymous.
Jeanine's boyfriend was the last person to see her alive after she dropped him off at his apartment on McVeigh Avenue in Heartland Village around 9pm on Saturday, March 30, 2019.
He reported her missing to police three days later after she failed to show up for work at elementary school PS 29 in Castleton Corner - or her side job at the Dollar Tree.
She had also missed a child custody hearing on Monday, according to Eric Gansberg, the attorney handling her divorce.
'It just doesn't make sense to me,' Gansberg told the New York Post.
'She was so eager to proceed. She wanted to be with her children. I cannot imagine her just walking away,' he added.
According to court documents, Cammarata (right with Jeanine) admitted to cops that he had hit her in the face after they had sex less than a week before she vanished
Jeanine was last seen alive around 9pm on Saturday, March 30, 2019 - five days before her body was found - after she dropped her anonymous boyfriend off at his apartment on McVeigh Avenue in Heartland Village
By the afternoon of Tuesday, April 2, Cammarata was questioned by police about Jeanine's disappearance. He told cops he had hit her in the face after they had sex on Saturday.
In the days Jeanine was missing her best friend Jessica