ROCKVILLE, MD (WUSA9) - A Maryland man has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of his longtime neighbors.
Scott Tomaszewski broke into the Rockville home of Dick and Jodi Vilardo in the middle of the night, attacked them in their sleep, and butchered them.
Tuesday, nearly a year and a half after the attack, Tomaszewski pleaded guilty to murdering them with premeditation and malice aforethought.
After slicing, stabbing and hacking the couple nearly 100 times, he went to their fridge and grabbed a can of ginger ale. Then he took off on an Alaskan cruise. It was a burglary – but no one can explain this catastrophic violence.
"They're on the floor, blood everywhere. I don't know what to do," they’re daughter screams on a 911 call that was just released, a chilling reminder of the terror on Ridge Drive in Rockville on Mother's Day last year. “I can't go back in there!” she shouts, her voice breaking.
Dick and Jodi Vilardo were discovered by their children after Scott Tomaszewski slaughtered them in their own home.
He’d nearly decapitated Jodi as she tried to call for help, He stabbed her husband more than 40 times, attacked him in his own bed with a 18 inch ghurka knife. Prosecutors say Dick Vilardo died trying to save his wife.
“We served 17 month nightmare perpetrated by a monster we've known our whole lives,” said the victim's son Andrew as he spoke at the courthouse publicly for the first time, surrounded by friends and neighbors with the prosecutor at his side.
Tomaszewski, 32, told the judge he suffers from anxiety and depression as he pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree murder. He stared straight ahead as the prosecutor detailed his crimes. Multiple mental health experts say he knew exactly what he was doing.
“This was as cold and calculated as anyone could imagine,” said State’s Attorney John McCarthy. “Anyone asserting insanity would have been laughed out of court.”
Detectives traced him after he tried to cash in on the proceedings from an earlier burglary at a local pawn shop. When they arrested him on an Alaska cruise, he literally had blood money from Dick Vilardo's wallet in his pocket.
Prosecutors are convinced Tomaszewki's mom found that 18 inch ghurka knife and some of the proceeds from the murders in her home. And that she took them to the waste transfer station and threw them in the bin. But they didn't charge her with obstruction of justice... instead holding out the threat she'd testify against her son. And that may have convinced him to plead guilty.
Tomaszewski pleaded guilty as part of a deal with prosecutors. They'll only ask for one life time without the possibility of parole at sentencing in November. For the other murder, they'll ask for life with the possibility of parole. And they dropped the burglary and armed robbery charges