Updated 12/13/2006 08:28 AM
Porco sentenced to 50 years to life in prison
Christopher Porco will now spend 50 years to life in prison for killing his father Peter and brutally beating his mother Joan in their Delmar home back in November 2004.
Judge Jeffrey Berry said, "As to the first count which charges you with the crime of murder in the second-degree which the jury found you guilty, it will be the judgement in the sentence of the court that you will be committed to custody and the care of the Department of Corrections of the State of New York to serve a determinant period of incarceration that the maximum period will be life in state's prison and the minimum period will be 25 years. As to the second count of this indictment, the crime of attempted murder in the second-degree as a class B violent felony, it will be the judgement and the sentence of the court that you will be committed to the custody and to the care of the Department of Corrections of the State of New York to serve a determinant period of incarceration of 25 years. That sentence will run consecutive to the sentence that was previously imposed upon you."
Porco was found guilty of second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder back in August. He appeared in Albany County Court on Tuesday for sentencing.
Contrary to expectations, Porco read a statement before Judge Berry sentenced him. Porco said he's sorry that he wasn't on the best terms with his father at the time of his death. But he also admitted no guilt and criticized police for supposedly ignoring leads that pointed away from him.
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Porco said, "A matter of dispute between my father and me was taken completely out of context and then multiplied by the police and the prosecution because they needed to invent a reason as to why a person who has never been violent in his entire life would randomly decide one day to partake in unspeakable destruction of life."
On Wednesday morning, Porco will be taken to the downstate correctional facility in Fishkill for processing. He'll stay there until he's assigned to a maximum security facility.
On Monday, the judge unsealed Porco's taped interrogation from the night his parents were attacked. The judge didn't allow the jury to see the tape saying Porco was wrongly denied a lawyer at the time.