Man who killed his wife dies after choking on dinner

Thomas Scala 
By: Sarah Weiss  

A cold blooded killer was punished by the hand of God.

A Staten Island, New York man, who fatally beat his wife because she did not want to pay more for premium TV channels, while she was in bed in the hospital, died after choking on a piece of chicken he ate for dinner.

Thomas Scala, 58, choked as he was at home on Brighton Street in Tottenville. He choked on the chicken he was eating and was taken to Staten Island University Hospital, where he died.

He was buried, the same day he was to be sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide for causing the death of his wife, Blanche.

"He got what he deserved," the victim's sister, Gloria Sellitto, told the news media. "It was a chicken. Chicken got served to him.”
"It's karma," she continued. "If there is a God, he was punished. He choked on a chicken."
Scala beat his wife in the head with a can of peas after a fight at his home in New Dorp Beach. The wound caused bleeding from her head injury she suffered at an earlier time from this man, and she died the next day.

"She raised two wonderful children, and would have been a grandmother in a few months," said an emotional Sellitto.
On Monday, the district attorney's office of Staten Island listed the case as "killed by death."