The family of the killed queen jogger Karina Vetrano finally received justice Tuesday three years after her death – when the man convicted of killing the young woman was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Chanel Lewis, 22, was handed the justice Michael Aloise in a Queens Supreme Court court packed with both family and friends of Vetrano – including her parents, Phil and Cathie Vetrano – and supporters of Lewis.
By delivering a gut-wrenching victim impact statement in front of the convict, Cathie Vetrano called Lewis "relentless" and regarded him as "a pathetic evil passion" that "performed Satan's work" when he put his "humiliating hand on a Children of God ̵
The devastated mother called Judgment Day" Karina's Day – it is her and her alone. " 19659005] "This is a day where we recognize that Karina's life matters," said Cathie, who then raised the pair of white shoes that Vetrano wore to work on the day of her murder.
"As little as they are," said Cathie about the shoes, "These are the shoes of a giant – a brave warrior and a queen."
The mother told the court how since Karina's murder, "she lost myself" and that Lewis "slaughtered" her on the day of her daughter's 2016 kills too.
Lewis confessing the horrific killing and if DNA was discovered on the crime scene, was found guilty earlier this month to murder and sexually abuse the 30-year-old Vetrano while jogging near her home at Howard Beach's Spring Creek Park on August 2, 2016.
Before being sentenced, Lewis spoke in court and said, "All I want to say is I'm innocent. I'm sorry about the loss of the family, but it did. I do not. "
Fans of Lewis erupted in the chances of" Justice for Chanel "in the courtroom after the verdict.
The East New York man in vain struck and stringed Vetrano during her normal race that afternoon.
Vetrano's slaughtered body was found down that night among the tall weeds in the deserted park by his father, a retired firefighter.
In Lewis & # 39; s chilling statement to the police, he claimed he was angry at Vetrano when she tried to fight him in the distant green space and admitted that he repeatedly beat her and pulled her "by the hands" into the high grass near the jogging path.
There "I completed her," Lewis may be heard telling the police in the disturbing shooting.
"I beat her and was angry with her," Lewis announced.
Lewis was arrested in the high-profile case on February. 5, 2017 – about six months after the terrible attack. . His first attempt ended with a controversial hanging jury back in November after only one day of negotiations.
Ultimately, in the trial's case, Lewis was found guilty of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and aggravated sexual abuse.