A person convicted of fatally taking pictures a fellow Christmas occasion reveler exterior a Occasions Sq. bar was sentenced Tuesday to 23 years to life in jail — because the sufferer’s household charged that he had “no regret.”
Christopher Rivas, 35, was discovered responsible by a Manhattan jury on homicide and gun costs final month for killing Perseus Salichs, 33, exterior of Occasions Sq. night time spot Tonic on Dec. 19, 2017.
The pair had each been attending a Christmas occasion the place Salichs spoke to a lady — throwing Rivas right into a jealous rage, regulation enforcement sources mentioned on the time.
“I notice that no sentence goes to carry again Mr. Salichs,” Manhattan Supreme Courtroom Justice Laura Ward mentioned after handing down the punishment.
“No sentence will make your life complete once more,” she added to the sufferer’s family members.
Earlier within the listening to, Salichs’ sister, Nairobi Urena, had spewed curses at her brother’s killer and screamed: “No regret! No regret!”
The choose then lower off Urena as she was swearing, however acknowledged and understood that feelings had been operating excessive.
The sufferer’s shut good friend, Christopher Cannon Mapp, described Salichs as a brother and cried as he spoke in courtroom.
“You don’t have any concept the gravity of this loss, the void that you simply created, the everlasting gap that you simply left in a household’s coronary heart,” Cannon Mapp mentioned.
“There isn’t a quantity of punishment that matches this crime,” he continued. “The time you serve gained’t give us any extra time with Perseus.”
Rivas apologized to the household — however claimed that he hadn’t imply to kill Salichs.
“I’m so sorry to have taken away somebody who was so particular to you,” Rivas mentioned. “I do know the ache is unimaginable. My intention was by no means to harm anybody that night.”
Rivas had confronted a most sentence of 25 years-to-life behind bars. His prison protection lawyer didn’t instantly return a request for remark.