Barbara Kogan Pleads Guilty to Planning Murder of Her Husband

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the guilty plea of BARBARA KOGAN for arranging the 1990 contract killing of her husband, George Kogan. KOGAN pleaded guilty to felony charges of Manslaughter in the First Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Murder in the Second Degree, and Grand Larceny in the First Degree.

“The defendant’s guilty plea brings to a close a difficult, nearly 20-year-old murder case,” said District Attorney Vance. “The group of current and former NYPD detectives and individuals within Manhattan District Attorney’s Office responsible for today’s announcement showed extraordinary perseverance in their dogged investigation of this case, which led them from New York to Puerto Rico and finally to court today. Since 1990, Assistant District Attorney Joel Seidemann has tenaciously pursued justice in this case, which this plea delivers today.”

KOGAN, 67, plotted with her lawyer, MANUEL MARTINEZ, 60, to hire a hit man to kill her husband with whom she was in the midst of a divorce. George Kogan was killed with three gunshots wounds on October 23, 1990, in front of his mistress’s apartment building on East 69th Street. KOGAN subsequently collected approximately $4.3 million from her husband’s life insurance policies.

MARTINEZ was convicted for murder and criminal solicitation in April 2008 and is serving a sentence of 25 years to life. A grand jury indicted MARTINEZ in 1996 on these charges but he was required to serve out a jail term in Mexico on unrelated charges before being extradited to the United States in 2007.

District Attorney Vance thanked NYPD detectives Don Kennedy and James Zaccari and former NYPD detectives Ernie Bugge, Joseph Buffalino and Raymond Brennan. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Joel Seidemann, Mirella deRose, and David Drucker with assistance from former Assistant District Attorney Soumya Dayananda.

Defendant information:

BARBARA KOGAN, 2/10/1943

316 East 55th Street

New York, NY 10022


Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison

Conspiracy to Commit Murder in the Second Degree, a class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison

Grand Larceny in the First Degree, a class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison


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