SEMINOLE COUNTY, Florida – Before prosecutors say Grant Amato killed his parents and brother, he sent a letter to an online porn group involved with the woman he sent over $ 200,000 to, apologizing for having lied about his way of life; However, he did not say the money was stolen from his family until they finally found out three months before the deaths.
This letter of apology, documents and video interviews with Amato were released Monday by prosecutors in connection with the case against the 29-year-old man accused of killing his family after he said they had him. had forced him to sever ties with a woman with whom he had formed a relationship. through the MyFreeCams website, where people can pay women for photos and videos of a sexual nature.
Grant Amato’s parents, Chad and Margaret, as well as his brother, Cody Amato, 31, were shot dead in their Chuluota home on January 25. Photos and other evidence from the house show Cody Amato was shot as soon as he walked through the door. He was still wearing his green hospital scrubs after returning from work at Orlando Health, according to the discovery.
Records show Grant Amato had an argument with his family in the months leading up to the shooting because he stole $ 200,000 from his father and brother to send a cable to a Bulgarian cam girl, called Silvie, with whom he had an online relationship on the MyFreeCams website.
“My family found out about her, the website and all the money I had spent on everything,” Amato wrote in the eight-page apology letter to the online group also involved with the woman.
After learning about the relationship and the stolen funds in November, his family sent Grant Amato to a rehab center for internet and sex addiction, investigators said.
In a letter written shortly after the suspect left the rehabilitation center on January 9, Amato told his friends at MyFreeCams that he stayed there until he was “able to convince my family that I ‘was fine and that I could be released.
According to recorded interviews and in Amato’s own words, he felt misunderstood by his family.
“My dad is bossy and abusive, my mom is just there for safety and my brother is also in control and doesn’t understand how I could take care of someone as much as I care about Silvie,” Grant Amato wrote.
Amato apologizes to his friends online, saying, “I’m not a professional gamer, didn’t own my own home and didn’t drive a BMW,” adding “although the money I have ai, the tips I gave and the way I was and am my real personality and my real way of being.
Investigators say at least $ 200,000 that he used for the MyFreeCams website to send to Silvie was stolen from his father and brother.
It is not clear whether Amato’s money was also used to fund the online relationship, which involved sending Silvie gifts including flowers and outfits, the letter said. Users are encouraged to “tip” models on the website.
The cam girl cut ties with Amato in January, according to the letter, because while he was in rehab his “family had hacked into my home computer, had access to my phone records and all my things. personal data related to Silvie “. The Amato family also contacted Silvie, according to the letter.
In January, Amato wrote that he was reduced to “only being able to send him DMs on his public Twitter”.
Amato was devastated that he had lost contact and access to the woman. He writes, “I can’t function normally without it” and “I will never get over it.
The 29-year-old pleaded not guilty in March to three counts of first degree murder. He faces the death penalty if convicted.
He continues to deny his role in the murders, according to prison posts also released on Monday.
Amato was worried about his nursing license and requested several “The King Killer Chronicle” books. A criminal defense mitigation expert advised, “Don’t worry about your nursing license … much more important things are happening now,” posts from March 12 show.
“It is not a drama, it is the greatest tragedy of my life of which I am wrongly accused,” Amato wrote to a reporter in March.
Prior to his arrest on January 28, Amato again sought access to the community online pornography group, according to his letter.
Amato wrote: “I wish I could just say that everyone deserves a chance to right their wrongs, but sadly it’s not up to me.”
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