(photo credit: Channel 2)
Natalia Karlick was convicted of one charge of manslaughter in the Central
District Court in Petah Tikva on Thursday, after the attorneys for the
prosecution and defense reached a plea bargain that cleared her of five other
The prosecution and defense agreed to recommend to
the court that Karlick be sentenced to 13 years in jail.
charge was related to the murder of Edward Oshrenko by Karlick’s husband,
Damian, who is still on trial, charged with the murder of six members of the
Oshrenko family, including Edward and Ludmilla Oshrenko, their son Dimitri and
his wife, Tatiana, and the couple’s two children, threeyear- old Rochelle and
fivemonth- old Nathaniel.
The grizzly murder of the family on October 17,
2009, shocked the nation. Damian Karlick waited for the family until they
returned to their Rishon Lezion home at around 5 a.m. from the Premier
restaurant, also in the city, which they owned.
Karlick had worked for
the Oshrenkos between 2005 and 2008, when he was fired after they suspected him
of stealing alcohol. He stabbed each member of the family to death, including
the baby, with a knife whose blade was 20-cm.
long and then set fire to
Natalia and Damian Karlick were arrested and charged for
the killings in a single indictment.
The husband was charged with murder
and his wife with manslaughter.
Although she did not take part in the
actual killings, the state accused her of conspiring with her husband to attack
Dimitri, who had fired Damian, and robbing the family. According to the charge,
Natalia had known in advance that her husband would kill all the members of the
Following negotiations between the prosecution and defense, the
prosecution agreed to drop the manslaughter charges against Natalia Karlick
regarding all of the victims except the patriarch of the family, Edward
During Thursday’s hearing before Judges Avraham Tal, Ruth Lorch
and Zvi Dotan, the prosecuting attorneys, Oded Keller and Tzahi Uziel, explained
that as they became more convinced that Damian Karlick had gone to the Oshrenko
house with the intention of killing the entire family, it became clearer that
his wife was unaware of his plan and therefore could not foresee what would
As for the killing of Edward Oshrenko, the prosecutors said,
“there is still a certain difficulty but since, already from her first
confession, the defendant talked about the fact that Edward was the object of
the robbery that she had planned and because the amended charge against her
talks about a violent robbery, it can be said that a reasonable person could
have predicted the tragic outcome regarding Edward.”
Defense attorney Avi
Cohen told the court he believed that if the trial had continued, he might very
well have succeeded in clearing Natalia Karlick of all the manslaughter
On the other hand, he continued, “We are all flesh and blood,
including the members of the court, and before this court is a terrible
incident, exceptionally terrible. There is an entire family that lost their
lives, six human beings including two small children.
We figured that no
matter what the dry legal outcome of the manslaughter charge might be, it would
still be very hard for the court to ignore the horrific thing that happened
In pleading that the court accept the sentence agreed upon by the
prosecution and defense, Natalia Karlick said, “I am very sorry for what
happened and I want to express my apology from the depths of my heart. There are
no words to say this, to the family, also to Yana [Dimitri Oshrenko’s sister who
did not live with the rest of the family], to the parents, the sisters,
everyone. God knows I had no idea of what would happen. I am very sorry toward
you and to those attending the trial. I have been severely punished. I punish
myself, and all the time I punished myself even more. I have also in essence
lost my daughter and my family.
I am very, very sorry.”
was also convicted of conspiracy to commit a crime, robbery and destroying
She will be sentenced on November 22.