Authorities said Chanel Lewis, 22, pulled Karina Vetrano, 30, from a running path on August 2, 2016, sexually abused her and strangled her to death not far from home.
Her father, Phil Vetrano, police when she didn’t come home and found the body while searching with police officers. Lewis was arrested in February 2017 after an intense investigation and massive media attention. “That monster killed four people the night of August 2,” Phil Vetrano said Tuesday at the sentencing hearing, according to CNN affiliate WABC. “One is in heaven. The other three are the earth as zombies, just waiting to be with Karina again.”
WABC said Lewis spoke briefly at the hearing, saying, “I’m sorry for the family’s loss, but I didn’t do this.”
The Legal Aid Society, which represented Lewis, issued this statement Tuesday: “While there is no denying that Karina Vetrano’s death is tragic and that her family and friends suffered a great loss, every aspect of this case ̵
1; from police investigation to jury deliberations – was propelled by a desire to convict at all costs. This was done without any concern for Mr. Lewis’ constitutional rights to due process and a fair trial. We will appeal to the Appellate Division to secure Mr. Lewis the justice that he deserves. ”
A jury found Lewis guilty earlier this month on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree intentional murder, second-degree felony murder and first-degree sexual abuse. A first trial, held in November, ended with a hung jury.
Prosecutors made their case with two confessions by Lewis – one to police and the other to prosecutors – and DNA evidence, WABC reported.
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