Alfred Infosino, 83, Gets 21 Years in the Pen for Beating His Girlfriend to Death With a Battery

The 83-year-old gentleman who called the cops to let them know he just "drank ammonia" and beat his 77-year-old girlfriend to death with a flashlight battery is going to prison for a while.

A jury found Alfred Infosino guilty last month of second-degree murder in the beating death of Rita Chirel, and he was sentenced today to 21 years in prison.

According to an arrest report, Infosino phoned the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office just after 7 a.m. on October 7, 2010, to let them know he just "killed somebody."

By "somebody," he meant his girlfriend, Chirel.

"I killed my girlfriend; I beat her to death with a flashlight battery," Infosino told the dispatcher. "I drank ammonia. I lost it."

Sure enough, deputies responding to Infosino's Delray Beach house found Chirel on the floor naked, with a pool of blood around her head.

Her blood made its way to many of the items in the bedroom where she was killed, and blood was also transferred to the kitchen, where police found the bottle of ammonia Infosino claimed to have been sipping.

Police also discovered that Infosino had called a friend right after he hung up with the cops and let her know that he'd just beaten Chirel to death.

The woman told police Infosino had made several threats of physical violence toward Chirel in the past, and it was serious enough that Chirel had dropped Infosino as executor of her estate.

Infosino was initially charged with first-degree murder but still faced a maximum sentence of life in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder.

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