A teenager who served a jail sentence for hiring...

Oct. 10, 1988
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MILLER PLACE, N.Y. -- A teenager who served a jail sentence for hiring a youth to kill her father because she said he sexually abusedher for five years has married her high school sweetheart.

Cheryl Pierson, 19, dressed in a white wedding gown and carrying pink roses, married Robert Cuccio, 21, Sunday in a formal church ceremony.

The wedding at the St. Louis deMonfort church was limited to close friends and family, with the bride's privacy closely shielded from the time she stepped from a limousine through the 30-minute ceremony when the bride and groom left for a reception.

Last year Cuccio pleaded guilty to delivering $400 to Sean Pica to fatally shoot James Pierson, 42, in the driveway outside his Selden, N.Y. home.

Pica, 18, is serving an 8 to 25-year prison term for the Feb. 5, 1986, slaying.

Cheryl, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, served 3 months in the Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead. Cuccio, currently on five years probation, served no jail time.

Following the killing, Cheryl told police her father had sexually abused her for five years. She said she decided to have him killed when she came home one day and found him rolling around on the carpet with her 8-year-old sister.

Cheryl and Pica pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter. Cuccio pleaded guilty to criminal solicitation for his part in the crime.

While she was in jail, Cuccio visited her every day and hung yellow ribbons on a tree outside his family's home.

Cheryl was released Jan. 19 with time off for good behavior and time already served. She is still serving five years probation.

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