Nicole Chuminski must serve about 30 years in prison before she is eligible for parole under a sentence imposed today on the South Boston woman convicted of setting a fire that killed two sisters in 2008.
Superior Court Judge Frank Gaziano ordered the 27-year-old Chuminski to serve consecutive life sentences for her convictions Tuesday on two counts of second-degree murder.
Under the mandatory sentence, Chuminski must serve about 15 years before she becomes eligible for parole – and then she must start serving the second sentence, and remain behind bars for about another 15 years before she could seek release from state prison.
Due to a legal technicality, the arson conviction was dismissed as being duplicative for purposes of sentencing.
Gaziano imposed an additional eight- to 10-year sentence for Chuminski's two assault and battery with dangerous weapon convictions, and ordered those to be served at the same time as the murder convictions.
Chuminski was convicted Tuesday of setting the April 6, 2008 blaze that killed 14-year-old Acia Johnson and her 3-year-old sister, Sophia. The two girls were found huddled together in a third-floor closet, unable to make it down the stairs through the thick black smoke.
Prosecutors said that Chuminski, of South Boston, threw a firebomb at the front door of the girls’ home after fighting earlier in the night with their mother, Anna Reisopolous, her lover of several months.
In court today, Anna Reisopolous delivered a victim impact statement, while holding photographs of her deceased children.
"Acia was an authentic and beautiful girl,'' the mother said. "I miss her laugh, her voice, and her genuine presence. She never missed a beat. I am at a loss without her.''
In a impact statement read by Suffolk Assistant District Attorney David Fredette, the girls' paternal grandmother criticized Chuminski. "May God have mercy on her soul, though she did not have mercy for Acia and Sophia,'' Irene Gregory said in the statement.
Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said after the sentencing, "Nothing is going to bring back these beautiful loving girls. They should not have suffered such a horrific death. Today justice was served.''
Reisopolous and her son Raymond Jr., Acia’s twin, were able to escape the fire but suffered smoke inhalation. They are the victims in the assault and battery with a dangerous weapon convictions.
The jury of seven men and five women deliberated for a day before convicting Chuminski, who did not take the stand during the trial.
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