July 12, Staff Report
A Rego Park man who last month pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the fatal beating his mother in 2016 has been sentenced to 24 years in prison, the Queens District Attorney’s Office has announced.
Roman Gorbunov, 24, of 62nd Drive pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter on June 17. At sentencing today, Gorbunov was sentenced to 24 years in prison followed by five years of post-release supervision.
According to the charges, Gorbunov became involved in an argument with his mother, Lyubov Gorbunova, 58, on the evening of Sept. 27, 2016. As the argument escalated, he struck his mother around the head multiple times with a blunt instrument, inflicting fatal wounds.
He later attempted to hide his mother’s remains by stuffing her body in a bag and ordering a car service to take him to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, where he dumped the body in the lake. It was 11 days before the body was found.
Gorbunov was arrested shortly after the gruesome discovery of his mother’s body and charged with manslaughter.
Acting Queens DA John M. Ryan said, “Today’s sentencing concludes one of the saddest and unthinkable crimes—a son viciously beat his mother to death.”
“This was a heinous killing made all the worst when the defendant tried covering his trail by disposing of his mother’s remains as if she were garbage,” Ryan continued. “The defendant will now spend many years behind bars as punishment for his actions.”