(NYPOST) – A Queens woman pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter on Wednesday for fatally shooting her boyfriend in August 2015 and then setting his body on fire.
Dawn McIntosh, of Astoria, Queens, faces up to 24 years in prison plus five years of supervised release when she returns to court for sentencing next month, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
Police said that McIntosh had been quarreling with the boyfriend, Sharon McWhorter, 43, because she believed that he was cheating on her.
After fatally shooting McWhorter in the rear of 27-25 12 Street in Astoria, police said that McIntosh called her brother to help her dispose of the body, but that they couldn’t hoist McWhorter’s corpse into the cargo area of his own Jeep.
Police said that McIntosh opted instead to torch the body. She then washed the blood-stained clothes she was wearing during the shooting and moved McWhorter’s car away from the crime scene.
McWhorter’s body was so badly burned that police had to rely on a tattoo on the victim’s left arm to identify him. Cops found a broken fake fingernail at the scene that helped them pin the murder on McIntosh — when interviewing the defendant, investigators noticed that she had a broken nail.
“The defendant admitted to a particularly heinous crime in which she fatally shot her boyfriend and then tampered with evidence by, among other things, setting the deceased’s body on fire,” Acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan said in a news release. “She now faces a lengthy prison term for this horrible act.”
An attorney for McIntosh did not immediately respond to a request for comment.