ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 40 to 80 years for killing a man and woman over what authorities said was a $250 drug debt.
Thirty-year-old John Boyd of Allentown pleaded guilty in January to two counts of third-degree murder in the December 2011 slayings of Steven Santiago, 37, of New York City and Adrian Ramirez, 34, of Allentown.
Lehigh County authorities said the couple’s 4-year-old daughter witnessed the slayings, for which a youth who was 16 at the time was also convicted.
“She’s going to remember forever seeing her parents gunned down. What a horrible thing to remember,” Judge James Anthony said before imposing sentence Tuesday, according to The Express-Times of Easton.
Relatives said the girl, now 6, still asks for her parents daily.
“No mother. No father. She can never have that loving experience in her life,” said Marilyn Ramirez, Adrian’s sister. “You should not be able to live on this earth and talk to your family, your kids.”
Boyd said he was drunk and on PCP at the time of the slayings.
“I also understand what they’re going through. Mistakes happen,” he said.
“Don’t call brutally murdering two people a ‘mistake,”’ the judge countered
Boyd, who has several children, smiled and waved to a young girl as he was being led out, which drew an angry response from the courtroom.
“You’re not going to live forever,” someone sitting among the victim’s relatives said.