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Man gets life for killing N.Y. therapist with cleaver

David Tarloff was frequently delusional.

David Tarloff was frequently delusional.

NEW YORK — Six years after slashing a psychotherapist he did not know to death with a meat cleaver, David Tarloff stood before a judge and pleaded for mercy Friday, saying he was tormented for decades by what felt was a running battle in his head between God and Satan.

‘‘I didn’t want to do this, I swear to God,’’ he said. ‘‘But I thought all these bad things were going to happen.’’

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Tarloff was sentenced to life in prison for killing Kathryn Faughey and seriously wounding her officemate, capping a case long fraught with questions about his mental health.

On one side of the courtroom sat about a dozen of Faughey’s relatives, including some siblings who have attended each of the roughly 95 days of court in a case rocked by two mistrials. On the other sat Tarloff’s brother, Robert.

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Tarloff, 46, never disputed killing Faughey and wounding her officemate, Dr. Kent Shinbach, in February 2008 in their Manhattan office.

Tarloff had intended to rob Shinbach — a psychiatrist he hadn’t seen in 17 years — in hopes of getting money to take his mother out of a nursing home. Defense lawyers argued that the frequently delusional Tarloff should not be held criminally accountable for the bloodbath.

Associated Press

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