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Police say domestic dispute led to Rome fatal shooting

Sean I. Mills
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Posted 2/8/22

ROME - A domestic dispute between mother and daughter led to the fatal shooting on Milton Avenue in Rome on Monday, according to case documents from Rome City Court. Rome Police have identified the …

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Police say domestic dispute led to Rome fatal shooting

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ROME - A domestic dispute between mother and daughter led to the fatal shooting on Milton Avenue in Rome on Monday, according to case documents from Rome City Court.

Rome Police have identified the victim as 43-year-old Theresa G. Nielsen.

Meanwhile, 23-year-old accused killer Paleigh M. Iannarilli, pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder before Judge Gregory J. Amoroso Tuesday morning. Iannarilli was sent to the Oneida County jail without bail and her case was adjourned to next Monday.

Police said Iannarilli shot and killed her mother, Nielsen, with a long gun inside Iannarilli's home at 105 Milton Ave. around noon on Monday. Nielsen was shot multiple times in the head, documents show, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Iannarilli refused to leave the residence at first, leading to a brief standoff. This lasted less than an hour before Iannarilli was taken into custody without further incident.

No other people were harmed.

The motive for the killing remains under investigation, according to Rome Police. There was a verbal dispute leading up to the shooting, police stated.

According to a witness statement given to police by a family member in the home, he was asleep when he “heard two loud pops. They woke me up.”

The family member told police he went from his bedroom into a hallway and saw the victim dead on the floor.

“I looked away and saw Paleigh with a gun. She was in her bedroom, to the left of mine. I said, ‘please give me the gun.’ She handed it over to me without any struggle. She was crying and said she was sorry two or three times," the witness told police.

Further, the witness told police the weapon was his Remington 700 .243-caliber rifle, which he kept unloaded under his bed. He said ammunition was hidden in his closet. The witness told police that he did not think Iannarilli could get the gun from under his bed without waking him up, so he believed the weapon was likely taken while he was out of the house.

“I never thought in a million years that she would be capable of doing something like this,” the witness said according to statements.

“She knew I kept it under my bed. I didn’t think she knew where the ammunition was.”

The witness told police that he took the weapon downstairs and unloaded it. He said the police had arrived by that point and he went outside.

In the statement, the witness asked another family member what had happened, and the other family member said, “They were arguing.”

Police said the shooting remains under investigation. Iannarilli is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 14 to meet with her attorney, with a felony hearing scheduled for Feb. 16.

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