Murder conviction upheld in killing of other woman’s mother-in-law


NEW CITY – A Washington, DC woman, who was paid to help another woman kill her mother-in-law in Valley Cottage, has had her murder conviction upheld by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court.
Andrea Benson, 30, formerly of Washington, DC, was hired by Diana Nadell, 55, of Florida, to travel with her to Rockland County and kill Nadell’s mother-in-law, Peggy Nadell, who was murdered in January 2014.
Benson was convicted and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
In her appeal, she maintained her guilty plea was not entered knowingly, voluntarily, and intelligently. That contention was “without merit,” the appeals court ruled.
She also maintained he had ineffective legal counsel. That was also rejected.