Chanel Lewis gets life sentence for murder of Karina Vetrano

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April 23, 2019 - 9:55 am
Karine Vetrano's father holds a picture of her outside of a sentencing hearing for her killer Chanel Lewis.

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Convicted killer Chanel Lewis was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Tuesday, for the murder of jogger Karina Vetrano.

On Monday, the judge rejected defense claims of juror misconduct, and declined to set aside the verdict.

Vetrano's mother Cathie read a victim impact statement and asked for the harshest penalty.

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"I just recommend that the self-confessed and convicted sexual abuser and murderer Chanel Lewis, I implore you to impose the most severe sentence allowed by law," she said.

Lewis addressed the court and told the Vetranos he was sorry for their loss, but insisted that he was not guilty.

Vetrano's family and friends were outside of court after Tuesday's hearing.

"All this was to us was that our baby was killed and murdered and all we wanted to do was find the killer. We found him in six months, there's no question, no doubt. We never wanted to make a race thing out of this, and to us it still isn't, but the defense put us through this torture, this pain, this two years. They could have made it easier on us and on him if they would have took a plea," he said.

The defense says an appeal is already in the works.

“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 – from the police investigation to jury deliberations – was propelled by a desire to convict at all costs. This was done without any concern for Mr. Lewis’s Constitutional rights to due process and a fair trial. We will appeal this case to the Appellate Division to secure Mr. Lewis the justice that he deserves,” a statement from the Legal Aid Society said.

Supporters of Chanel Lewis say they want the judge investigated.

"Really ridiculous how the judge imposed his personal relief into the sentencing. The judge exposed who he was today -- a racist. He was biased from the beginning. He was biased today in the sentencing. Chanel, you heard him with his own mouth -- not from us, not from his mother, but from his own mouth. He gave his condolonces," a supporter said.

The jury took only five hours to reach a guilty verdict. It was the second trial for Lewis, with the first ending in a hung jury.

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