Maksim Gelman Pleads Guilty to Times Square Subway Slashing
By Kiratiana Freelon on January 17, 2012 12:52pm
MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — An admitted mass murderer who went on a 28-hour killing spree in Brooklyn confessed Tuesday to slashing a Lincoln Center employee with a kitchen knife on a subway train near Times Square during the murderous rampage.
Maksim Gelman, 24, pleaded guilty in November to killing his ex-girlfriend, Yalena Bulchenko, her mother Anna Bulchenko, his stepfather Alexander Kuznetsov and Steven Tannenbaum, a pedestrian he ran down with the car he'd stolen from Kuznetsov on Feb. 12, 2011 in Brooklyn.
He continued the bloody rampage by slashing Lincoln Center employee Joseph Lozito, then 40, in the head and neck while aboard the train in Manhattan, he admitted Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court.
"I've had a doozy of a day," Gelman told police after he was finally collared.
According to recent reports, Gelman, who is being held without bail at Rikers Island, also bragged about committing several other murders in Brooklyn for which he has not been charged.
Gelman, who appeared in court Tuesday in a bright orange Department of Correction jumpsuit and jacket, seemed disinterested in the proceedings and rushed to answer the judge's standard plea competency questions.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Richard Carruthers pressed Gelman to make sure he realized this plea "is totally separate and apart" from his Brooklyn proceedings. Still, Gelman rushed through it.
"Yeah, I do," Gelman said.
Gelman is expected to receive 25 years in prison on Tuesday's attempted murder plea. That would be in addition to the 100 years to life in prison he faces for the murders in Brooklyn.