Ian Kazer had argument with his parents after losing his job and getting criminal summons; stabbed mother 47 times later that evening
MINEOLA, N. Y. – The Nassau County District Attorney’s Office announced that a Syosset man was convicted of manslaughter in his mother’s killing and the attempted murder of his father at his parents’ home in 2019.
Ian Kazer, 31, was convicted in a bench trial before Judge Angelo Deligatti of manslaughter in the first degree (a B felony), attempted murder in the second degree (a B violent felony), assault in the second degree (a D violent felony), and grand larceny in the fourth degree (an E felony).
The defendant is due back in court on July 19 and faces a potential maximum sentence of 51-1/3 to 54 years in prison.
According to the indictment, on March 20, 2019, at approximately 9 p.m., Ian Kazer killed his 66-year old mother, Frances Kazer, by stabbing her 47 times. The defendant also stabbed his father on the left side of his chest.
In March 2019, the defendant, who lived at his parents’ home in Syosset, began stealing from his job at a local Target. The defendant used stolen gift cards to send electronics – including a television – to his home. On March 20, the defendant was fired from his job and given a desk appearance ticket for stealing more than $2,500 from his work place.
Kazer originally told his parents that he had won a $500 gift card from work, but later told them the truth and admitted he was fired and was given a criminal summons. The family had an argument, agreed to return the items, and hire a lawyer. The son returned to playing video games.
That evening, Ian’s father left the home to get pizza for dinner. While he was away, the defendant approached his mother at the kitchen table and stabbed her 47 times – in the head, throat, chest and hands. Kazer then took off his bloodied clothes and covered his mother’s body with a blanket.
When his father returned home, the defendant attacked him with a knife – stabbing him in the chest. The father was able to wrestle the knife away from Kazer and he fled the scene in only his underwear.
The defendant was found by police approximately a mile from the house and placed under arrest.
Frances Kazer was transported to Nassau University Medical Center and pronounced deceased. The father was treated for his injuries.
Senior Litigation Counsel Nicole Aloise of the Homicide Bureau is prosecuting the case. The defendant is represented by Daniel Russo, Esq.