The sentencing trial of previous boxing champ Felix Verdejo took a dark turn with the eruption of scenes outside the court in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In contrast to the previous guilty decision, which was consulted with pro-Verdejo banners, the long sentence he got drew a little band of protesters. Verdejo has actually been sentenced to invest the rest of his life in jail for the kidnapping, attack, and murder of his sweetheart and their coming kid.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico, court files and proof provided at trial revealed that Verdejo, together with his co-defendant Luis Antonio Cádiz-Martínez, assisted and abetted each other in the kidnapping that caused the death of Keishla M. Rodríguez Ortiz and her coming kid on July 28, 2023.
The information of the abhorrent act were exposed throughout the trial. On April 29, 2021, Verdejo carried out a purposeful strategy to murder Ms. Rodríguez Ortiz and her coming kid by enticing her into his Dodge Durango. With the support of Cádiz Martínez, Verdejo punched her, injected her with drugs, and connected her with metal wire to a cement block. He then drove her to the Teodoro Moscoso bridge, where he tossed her into the San José Lagoon with Cádiz’s aid. Verdejo later on delved into the lagoon to complete killing both victims.
The existence of Verdejo’s fans at his sentencing was stressful for the victim’s household, who needed to sustain their existence. In a tweet, the mom of Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz responded highly to seeing protesters with “Free Verdejo” indications outside the federal court.
Despite the appeals and requires liberty, Verdejo got a life sentence. Actress Rosie Perez revealed her viewpoint on social networks, mentioning that Verdejo prepares to appeal and highlighting the responses of Keishla Rodriguez’s mom to the fans. In contrast, the United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, W. Stephen Muldrow, believed about Verdejo’s regret, calling him a cold-blooded killer.
Muldrow specified that the life sentence bied far to Verdejo holds him liable for the discomfort and suffering he triggered. He likewise revealed the Justice Department’s dedication to prosecuting those who dedicate violent criminal offenses to the maximum level of the law. The FBI’s Special Agent in Charge of the San Juan Field Office, Joseph González, acknowledged that no result can totally restore what has actually been lost in cases like this however revealed hope that Keishla’s household can discover some peace.
Verdejo, as soon as an appealing world champ in boxing, supported by Top Rank and Bob Arum, now deals with a shattered tradition.