Authorities stated Chanel Lewis, 22, pulled Karina Vetrano, 30, from a operating path on August 2, 2016, sexually abused her and strangled her to loss of life not removed from her residence.
Her father, Phil Vetrano, notified police when she did not come residence and located the physique whereas looking out with cops. Lewis was arrested in February 2017 after an intense investigation and big media consideration.
WABC stated Lewis spoke briefly on the listening to, saying, “I am sorry for the household’s loss, however I did not do that.”
The Authorized Assist Society, which represented Lewis, issued this assertion Tuesday: “Whereas there isn’t any denying that Karina Vetrano’s loss of life is tragic and that her household and pals suffered a fantastic loss, each side of this case — from the police investigation to jury deliberations — was propelled by a want to convict in any respect prices. This was completed with none concern for Mr. Lewis’s Constitutional rights to due course of and a good trial. We are going to enchantment this case to the Appellate Division to safe Mr. Lewis the justice that he deserves.”
A jury discovered Lewis responsible earlier this month on expenses of first-degree homicide, second-degree intentional homicide, second-degree felony homicide and first-degree sexual abuse. A primary trial, held in November, ended with a hung jury.
Prosecutors made their case with two confessions by Lewis — one to police and the opposite to prosecutors — and DNA proof, WABC reported.
“The defendant on this case has proven not an oz. of regret for this heinous killing,” Chief Assistant District Lawyer John M. Ryan stated in a press release from the Queens District Lawyer’s workplace. “It’s my hope that this sentence offers the household some consolation figuring out their cherished one’s killer won’t ever see freedom once more.”
The defendant’s legal professionals stated the confessions have been coerced and questioned the accuracy of the DNA proof as a result of it was discovered on Vetrano’s cellphone, neck and fingernails however nowhere else on the crime scene, WABC stated.
As she jogged previous him, Lewis punched her within the face, pulled at her garments and strangled her along with his palms and dragged her physique into the weeds, the assertion stated.
CNN’s Kristina Sgueglia, Kwegyirba Croffie George Montgomery and Darran Simon in Atlanta contributed to this report.