James Rackover, 27 has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for the brutal murder of 26-year-old Joseph Comunale. Rackover is the lover to prominent Manhattan jeweler Jeffrey Rackover. According to the New York Post, the murder happened November, 13, 2016 at Jeffrey Rackover’s Upper East Side apartment.
Not-with-standing the strange relationship, James is the lover and the adopted son of Jeffrey Rackoover, 57.
Prosecutors argued that Rackover and a friend Larry Dilione, 30, murdered Joseph Comunale after a night of hard partying. Reportedly Dilione met Comunale for the first time that night, and the two then went over to Rackover’s residence for a late-night afterparty.
Apparently, an argument broke out because of a lack of cocaine, which somehow leads Rackover and Dilione beating Comunale unconscious, then dragging him to the bathtub where they stabbed him 15 times.
A former friend of Rackover’s, Louis Ruggiero, son of Fox5 “Good Day New York” host Rosanna Scotto, was called to the stand to describe a confession he received from Rackover the following day.
“I slit his throat and stabbed him,” Rackover told him.
In an attempt to cover up the crime, Rackover, Dilione, and a third man who was present that night but not part of the killing, Max Gemma, bleached the bathroom.
After ordering takeout of “organic burgers and fries”, they drove the body to Oceanport, New Jersey, poured gasoline over it and burned it in a shallow grave.
Rackover’s defense team argued Dilione was the real killer, and that Rackover only helped cover up the crime.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice James Burke gave Rackover the maximum sentence available.
“This is precisely the rare kind of case that maximum consecutive sentences are reserved for, and no other lesser sentence would make much sense,” he said.