Valdez-Cruz sentenced to life without parole in Bird murder
The man convicted of torturing and killing New Cassel mother Joanna Bird was sentenced to life in prison without parole yesterday.
In April, a jury found Leonardo Valdez-Cruz guilty of stabbing Bird, his ex-girlfriend, to death.
Bird had an order of protection against Valdez-Cruz at the time of her murder last year.
In court, Valdez-Cruz said he was not a killer and did not apologize for his actions. He did, however, say he was very sorry that Bird had died and gave his condolences to her family.
Though the criminal case is over, Bird's family has filed a multimillion-dollar wrongful death civil lawsuit against the Nassau County Police Department for allegedly failing to protect Bird.
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