Chanel Lewis has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2016 murder of Karina Vetrano, who was beaten, sexually abused and strangled to death while out for a jog near her home in Howard Beach, Queens.
Tuesday's sentence was handed down by Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise, who a day earlier rejected a defense motion to vacate Lewis’ conviction based on allegations of juror misconduct. Lewis, 22, was convicted after five hours of deliberations following his second trial after the first ended in a mistrial.
"I'm sorry to the family. I didn't do this," Lewis said before he was sentenced.