HONESDALE - Pat Robinson, Wayne County District Attorney, announced January 24th that a Wayne County Jury convicted Antonio Cilino, age 32, of Murder in the 3rd degree and three misdemeanors for shooting his brother, Joseph Cilino, on September 2, 2016.
Antonio was residing in Hawley at the time of the murder, which occurred in Damascus Township, northern Wayne County.
The Jury deliberated for two hours and 45 minutes before delivering their verdict. The Defendant is scheduled for sentencing at the Wayne County Courthouse on March 1, 2018.
District Attorney Pat Robinson and First Assistant District Attorney Debbie Rothenberg prosecuted the case. Robinson stated “The Jury in this case reached a well reasoned verdict. They were able to sort through the Defendant’s many lies. This was a classic domestic violence case and is a textbook example of a domestic violence case taken to the ultimate extreme.”
The victim was 10 years older than Antonio.
According to the affidavit filed by PA State Police, Honesdale, the incident transpired in a short driveway just off Eighty Road near Calkins, a rural area about seven miles northeast of Honesdale. State Police received calls about the shooting at around 10 p.m.
A witness of the crime, a woman, was with a one year boy, along with Joseph Cilino in her vehicle- a 2000 Cadillac Escalade. She told police that she had a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order from Wayne County Court against Antonio. She was in the process of moving some belongings to her new trailer.
Antonio was following in a pickup truck. Joseph jumped from the SUV and went into the woods. Antonio went up to the SUV windows and banged on the window, screaming, wanting to know what was going on between the woman and his brother Joseph.
Joseph Cilino then came up behind Antonio; Antonio turned and faced Joseph. She told police that Antonio then fired the gun at Joseph hitting him in the chest.
Police responded and found the victim on the ground, dead. Antonio had fled in the pickup. He went back to Hawley, where he stopped at the Borough Police Station and surrendered to Hawley policeman, Lt. Raymond Paquette. The defendant confessed to the shooting to the Hawley policeman. Trooper Carl Ives and Trooper John Decker responded to the Hawley Brough Building. Cilino was taken into custody.