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Killer Queens prostitute begs judge to sentence her to low-security, dog-friendly Minnesota prison

The New York City prostitute sentenced to 30 years for fatally drugging four men has asked the judge to serve her time in a Minnesota prison so she could pursue a kinder, friendlier career – training dogs, the DailyMail.com has learned exclusively.

Angelina Barini’s attorney made the special request Wednesday, just a day after she was sentenced in federal court in Brooklyn. He asked that she be sent to the low-security Federal women’s prison in Waseca, Minnesota.

‘The defendant writes to request the Court recommend the defendant be designated to FCI Waseka, to the extent consistent with the Bureau of Prison’s security and other administrative concerns,’ federal defender Michael Weil wrote to Judge Brian Cogan. He misspelled the name of the prison.

‘The facility is closer to the defendant’s family in Canada than many of those housing female inmates, and has various programs, including one involving dog training, in which she would like to participate.’

The judge has not yet made a decision on the request.

Angelina Baarini, 38, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to killing two johns. Prosecutors say she also killed two more by drugging them

Barini's federal defender wrote to the judge in the case to ask if she could serve her time in a low-security prison in Minnesota because she wanted to participate in its dog-raining program

Barini’s federal defender wrote to the judge in the case to ask if she could serve her time in a low-security prison in Minnesota because she wanted to participate in its dog-raining program

Can Do Canines claims on its website that its dog-training program inside prisons increase empathy, confidence and patience among prisoners

Can Do Canines claims on its website that its dog-training program inside prisons increase empathy, confidence and patience among prisoners

Barini, 43, was sentenced on Tuesday in federal court after pleading guilty to drugging and killing two men. Prosecutors say she also killed two others. 

One of her victims was Italian-born chef Andrea Zamperoni, 33, who worked at New York’s Cipriano Dolci. 

She cried in court on Tuesday as she admitted distributing fentanyl and the ‘date rape’ drug GBL to two men who were unidentified in court. 

She did so in the hopes of knocking the men out and robbing them but ended up killing them.   

Prosecutor Breon Peace praised the 30 year sentence and hoped it would serve as a warning to anyone trying to use drugs to commit ‘there horrific crimes.

Waseca's most notorious former inmate was Whitey Bulger's long-time girlfriend Catherine Greig

Waseca’s most notorious former inmate was Whitey Bulger’s long-time girlfriend Catherine Greig

‘The defendant drugged and killed multiple people for a few quick dollars,’ Peace said in a statement. ‘She stole their personal belongings while they lay unconscious dying from the lethal drugs she gave them.’

‘The defendant’s substantial prison sentence is warranted by her shocking disregard for human life.’

But Barini’s older sister, Sally, told the New York Post that the court’s sentence on Tuesday was ‘a little harsh’ and that she was planning to appeal. 

‘I think what wasn’t taken into account was that of course what happened was wrong but the victims put themselves in there,’ Sally said. ‘They weren’t saints. 

‘They went with her. They wanted to party and they wanted to do drugs with her and have sex. It wasn’t like she put a gun to somebody’s head and forced them to go with her.’

The prison in Waseca, 75 miles south of Minneapolis, is in a converted university campus. It opened in 1992 as a lock-up for men but changed to a women’s prison in 2008. 

Its most notorious inmate, mobster White Bulger’s longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig, was released in 2020.

The Waseca Federal Correctional Institution is one of seven prisons in Minnesota and Wisconsin that participate in the Puppies in Prison program

The Waseca Federal Correctional Institution is one of seven prisons in Minnesota and Wisconsin that participate in the Puppies in Prison program

Court records show that on July 4, 2019, Barini met with one of the victims at a motel in Astoria and gave him fentanyl-laced drugs. He was found dead later that day

Investigators said a client of  Barini's died on July 11, 2019  in Woodside, and a 60 year-old victim died on August 5, in College Point

Court records show that on July 4, 2019, Barini met with one of the victims at a motel in Astoria and gave him fentanyl-laced drugs. He was found dead later that day. Investigators said similar events happened on July 11 in Woodside, and to a 60 year-old victim on August 5, in College Point, with both men dying ofoverdoses

Italian-born chef Andrea Zamperoni, 33, of New York's Cipriani Dolci, was among Barini's victims

Italian-born chef Andrea Zamperoni, 33, of New York’s Cipriani Dolci, was among Barini’s victims

An organization called Can Do Canines partners with seven prisons in Minnesota and Wisconsin to operate prison puppy programs, each training between five and 20 puppies at a time, according to the group’s website. 

A Can Do Canines staff member teaches inmate handlers how to work with the canines, teaching them ‘empathy, confidence and patience,’ the organization points out, while citing a warden who adds, ‘It gives the handlers a purpose.’

‘At the same time, the dogs are well-cared for and receive round-the-clock attention and training,’ the site says. 

Barini, federal prisoner number 83762-053 is currently in the harsh Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where a fellow inmate is Jeffrey Epstein’s sidekick Ghislaine Maxwell.

Maxwell called her conditions ‘a living hell, claiming she was served maggot-infested food and had rats in her cell.

A move to the Minnesota prison, which houses around 750 inmates, would be a considerable upgrade for Barini, who prosecutors said, regularly gave drugs to her clients in order to ‘incapacitate and rob them.’

Prostitute Angelina Barini, 43, cried in court on Tuesday as she was convicted of fatally distributing fentanyl and the 'date rape' drug GBL to four men in the summer of 2019

Prostitute Angelina Barini, 43, cried in court on Tuesday as she was convicted of fatally distributing fentanyl and the ‘date rape’ drug GBL to four men in the summer of 2019

The dogs also benefit from the Puppies in Prison program as they are 'well-cared for and receive round-the-clock attention and training,' Can Do Canines say

The dogs also benefit from the Puppies in Prison program as they are ‘well-cared for and receive round-the-clock attention and training,’ Can Do Canines say 

Court records show that on July 4, 2019, Barini met with one of the victims at a motel in Astoria and gave him fentanyl-laced drugs. He was found dead later that day.

Investigators said similar events happened on July 11 in Woodside, and to a 60 year-old victim on August 5, in College Point, with both men dying of an overdose from fentanyl-laced drugs. 

Then on August 18, 2019, prosecutors said Barini met with Zamperoni at the Kemway Lodge motel in Elmhurst, where she drugged him with GBL, killing him almost immediately. 

Barini had made repeated attempts to dispose of Zamperoni’s body at the motel, which was found three days later at a garbage bin wrapped in bleach-stained sheets. 

Surveillance video from outside the motel  showed police taking Barini into custody after the Zamperoni's body was found inside a garbage bin

Surveillance video from outside the motel  showed police taking Barini into custody after the Zamperoni’s body was found inside a garbage bin 

Prosecutors said the chef overdosed just minutes after stepping inside the motel with Barini

Prosecutors said the chef overdosed just minutes after stepping inside the motel with Barini

Barini allegedly orchestrated the crime with ex-boyfriend Leslie Lescano, 44, who was also arrested and charged with conspiring to distribute a controlled substance. 

Prosecutors said Barini handed Lescano Zamperoni’s American Express bank card and asked him to go to a pharmacy to pick up gift cards and toiletries for her, including shampoo and body wash.

She also allegedly instructed him to get her cheese, cold cuts and cigarettes, which Lescano purchased at a deli using the victim’s bank card, according to court records.

Sally, Barini’s older sister, told the New York Post that the court’s sentence on Tuesday was ‘a little harsh’ and that she was planning on appealing the decision. 

‘I think what wasn’t taken into account was that of course what happened was wrong but the victims put themselves in there,’ Sally said. ‘They weren’t saints. 

‘They went with her. They wanted to party and they wanted to do drugs with her and have sex. It wasn’t like she put a gun to somebody’s head and forced them to go with her.’ 

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