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Woman sentenced for killing pizzeria owner in Bucks County, Pennsylvania – NBC Philadelphia (41)

Woman sentenced for killing pizzeria owner in Bucks County, Pennsylvania – NBC Philadelphia (41)

Woman sentenced for killing pizzeria owner in Bucks County, Pennsylvania – NBC Philadelphia (41)

A Bucks County woman was sentenced for shooting and killing her partner, the owner of a pizzeria in Chalfont, Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, June 25, Anna Maria Tolomello of Hilltown Township was sentenced to 18 to 40 years in state prison. Tolomello, 51, pleaded guilty in April 2024 to third-degree murder charges in connection with the death of her partner, Giovanni Gallina, 65, on March 16, 2022.

According to police, Tolomello had previously admitted to investigators that he shot Gallina, his common-law partner, in the head and kept her body wrapped in a tarp and a comforter in a bedroom of their Hilltown Township home.

Then, officials claim, he had a hole dug on his property to “bury one or more items.”

Tolomello and Gallina owned Pina’s Pizzeria in Chalfont, court documents state.

Tolomello’s crimes came to light, court documents state, after a witness told police that Tolomello contacted them three days after Gallina’s death to ask them to dig a hole near his driveway to be able to “bury one or more items” in your garden.

A large hole dug next to the driveway of a home in Hilltown, where officials found the body of a Bucks County pizzeria owner.
A large hole dug next to the driveway of a home in Hilltown Township, where officials found the body of a Bucks County pizzeria owner.

Working with police, that witness dug a hole in Tolomello’s home (she paid $350 cash for the service) and was recorded telling her that her partner was “out” when asked about her whereabouts, according to court documents.

Later, during a search of Tolomello’s home, police said, officers discovered Gallina’s body, wrapped in bloody bedding and with his head covered by a black garbage bag, in a bedroom, court documents state. .

According to law enforcement officials, police believe that when officials discovered Gallina’s body, it had been hidden in the home for 13 days.

Tolomello initially told police she shot Gallina in the head in self-defense while he tried to strangle her in her bed, court documents state. His defense team had also made the same argument earlier.

However, prosecutors said Gallina was shot in the back of the head.

Court documents also claim Tolomello told police he threw the mattress in the pizzeria’s dumpster, attempted to clean the blood from the home’s carpet, cleaned the gun to remove fingerprints and disposed of the remains. spent and unspent bullet casings.