Prosecutors: Charges should stand in alleged attack over Steelers game volume
Westmoreland County prosecutors said that criminal charges should stand against a Youngwood woman because she actively assisted her daughter in a brutal multi-day attack against her elderly grandmother as they fought over the volume of a Steelers’ broadcast.
In court documents filed Wednesday, Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Dupilka argued that Delores Amorino, 42, acted as her daughter’s accomplice.
Police said Amorino’s 78-year-old mother was beaten and doused with cleaners, shampoo, conditioner and ammonia then held captive for two days.
Amorino’s now 19-year-old daughter, Sarah, also is charged and, according to prosecutors, was the person who primarily attacked the older woman and was assisted by her mother.
Delores Amorino, according to police, held her mother down, participated in some of the alleged physical abuses and forced her to write a letter blaming the victim’s siblings, not her daughter and granddaughter, for the attack.
“The defendant and her daughter worked together during the entire commission of these crimes,” Dupilka wrote.
The defense wants charges of aggravated assault and conspiracy against Delores Amorino to be dismissed.
Police said the women lived together with Delores Amorino’s mother in August 2017 when they argued over the volume of a Steelers preseason game broadcast. The two younger women watched the game on television and the older woman went into her bedroom to listen on the radio, police said.
According to court records, mother and daughter broke down the door and began physically abusing her, striking her with a broom handle, stomping on her foot, choking her with bare hands and a scarf, shaving her head with scissors and a shaver and dumping chemicals on her head and body, according to court records.
“The combination of cleaners was enough to strip the varnish from the hardwood floor underneath (the victim),” the prosecution said in its court filing.
Two days later, the victim escaped as the women slept and walked a half-mile to the borough building to seek help, police said.
Common Pleas Court Judge Tim Krieger this year ruled Sarah Amorino was not competent to stand trial.
Both women were diagnosed and hospitalized with mental health issues following their arrests. Testimony from a psychiatrist during a hearing last month revealed Amorino and her daughter suffered from delusions that they were in romantic relationships with a current and former Steelers’ player.
Delores Amorino has been ruled competent to stand trial. A date for her trial has not been set.
Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293, [email protected] or via Twitter .