On April 23, 2013, Edward Demirdjian was sentenced to 25-years-to-life in prison for fatally shooting his daughter’s mother, Sherra Morganstern, while she slept in her East Harlem apartment on July 28, 2009. On February 13, 2013, he was convicted by a jury of Murder in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon. The victim gave birth to Demirdjian’s daughter in 2006, but when the relationship soured, the victim moved to New York, leaving her daughter with the defendant in Florida. The 26 year-old mother regularly visited her daughter and sought to gain full custody of the child and bring her to New York. As proven at trial, in April 2009, the defendant purchased a .357-caliber semi-automatic pistol, drove to New York in July of the same year, and fatally shot the victim three times in the early morning hours of July 28, 2009.