NYC Realtor's Murderer Sentenced to 32 Years

The late Linda Stein's family got a little bittersweet justice yesterday. The personal assistant of the slain real-estate-agent-to-the-stars was sentenced to spend 32 years in prison for her boss' murder.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Richard Caruthers gave Natavia Lowery, 28, the maximum penalty of 25 years to life for bludgeoning Stein to death in Stein's Fifth Avenue penthouse back in 2007. He tacked an additional seven years to the second-degree murder conviction because Lowery also was found guilty of stealing $30,000 from her boss of roughly four months.

The prosecution maintains that the murder occurred after Stein realized Lowery had stolen money from her, and Lowery attacked Stein to prevent the broker from contacting authorities,

Lowery, who maintains she is innocent, initially confessed to the crime, explaining how nasty Stein could be to work with and that the broker blew marijuana smoke in her face.

Stein's personality was notorious. She reportedly inspired two movie characters: One was a real estate agent in Oliver Stone's Wall Street, and another was a bloodthirsty record executive in the movie 54.

Stein's high-profile career began in the 1970s, when she served as co-manager of the punk-rock band the Ramones after years previously working as a teacher. She later switched course and repurposed her celebrity Rolodex to become a high-profile real estate broker. She found homes for boldface names like Madonna, Sting, Billy Joel, Bruce Willis, Michael Douglas and Angelina Jolie.

According to the New York Daily News' Joanna Molloy, Sylvester Stallone was one of her best friends. "She was America's conduit to the stars," the actor said. Another friend, celebrity music publicist Susan Blond recalled a story involving Elton John: "I remember one New Year's, when she had people at her apartment watching the fireworks. She had broken her leg, and Elton John was pushing her around in a wheelchair."

Reports from the courtroom today express that Lowery, who apparently was very enamored with the celebrity set, showed no remorse and smiled upon entering the courtroom yesterday. She responded to the judge's sentencing with: "I was never afforded a fair trial. Today is just the beginning of a new fight."
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