Young Girl, 14, Fights Back Tears As Rapist Who Murdered Her 6 Year Old Brother is Sentenced to 110 Years in Prison
Justice is a beautiful thing. Amber Andujar, 14, witnessed the man who raped her, slashed her throat, and killed her younger brother, receive a 110 year sentence. Though nothing will ever bring back little Dominick Andujar, getting the man who murdered him off of the street and putting him behind bars is a good way to begin the healing process.
From The Daily Mail:
A teenage rape victim fought back tears in court as the man who killed her six-year-old brother who tried to defend her was jailed for 110 years.
Amber Andujar, 14, was defiant in the New Jersey courtroom where Osvaldo Rivera, 35, was given the sentence for a catalog of crimes including murder, attempted murder and aggravated sexual assault.
Rivera sliced open the throat of Dominick Andujar, six, who tried to stop the attack after he broke into their home in Camden, New Jersey in September 2012.
He was raping Amber, then 12, in a downstairs living room while holding a knife to her throat when Dominick intervened. She tried to escape after he attacked, but Rivera also slashed her throat – though she survived.
Speaking in court, Amber was close to tears as she confronted Rivera, the Courier Post reported.
She said: ‘Today I stand here as a survivor. Even though he took a part of me away, in the end, you did not win.’
Rivera, bound with a chain round his waist and wearing a deep red shirt, did not speak or show any sign of emotion at the hearing, according to NJ.com.
He had earlier been offered a 65-year sentence in exchange for an admission of guilt, but he instead pleaded not guilty, and has denied involvement in the crime.
His sentence means he will not be eligible for parole for 91 years.