Christopher Hanney a retired NYPD detective was found guilty of all charges on Thursday. He was convicted of attempted murder, aggravated battery and arson. The charges are from the November 2009 attack on his estranged wife.
Hanney, 46 of Tampa Bay, FL and his wife Audrey Mabrey, 29 were living separately and sharing custody of their two sons. When Mabrey stopped by their home where Hanney was living, she informed him of her intent to divorce him.
It was at that time that Hanney decided to kill her. Prosecutor, Jennifer Gabbard stated to the Tampa Bay Times that, “This defendant decided to kill Audrey Mabrey because he finally figured out that he’d lost her.
According to court documents, Hanney forced Mabrey into the garage where he attempted to rape her. He then hit her with a hammer four times. After which he doused her with gasoline and used one of her own scented candles to set her on fire.
Mabrey was able to escape to a neighbor’s home. The neighbor helped extinguish the flames and contacted 911. Mabrey spent a month in a coma at the Tampa General Hospital with burns over 80 percent of her body. Since then Mabrey has had seven surgeries and still has eight percent of her body scarred from the attack.
During his trial, Hanney claimed that he was the intended victim. According to Hanney, Mabrey and an armed accomplice tied him to a chair then threatened him with the gasoline and candle. He insisted that he kicked Mabrey in self defense spilling the gasoline on her. The candle then lit the gasoline burning Mabrey.
The jury disregarded his allegations finding him guilty of all charges. Hanney is facing a possible sentence of life in prison. He is set to be sentenced in March. When asked about the verdict, Aubrey Mabrey stated that “I’m just relieved”.
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