Former Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo has acquired two life sentences after being discovered responsible within the grisly killing of his 27-year-old pregnant lover
ByThe Related Press
November 3, 2023, 4:20 PM
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Former Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo acquired two life sentences on Friday after he was discovered responsible within the grisly killing of his 27-year-old pregnant lover.
A federal decide sentenced Verdejo following emotional speeches by the household of Keishla Rodríguez, who was killed in April 2021.
Verdejo had been discovered responsible in July of kidnapping that results in a demise and of inflicting the demise of an unborn baby. His lawyer stated Friday that he plans to enchantment the sentencing.
Many throughout Puerto Rico celebrated the end result of the case.
“This sentence ought to function a lesson for others,” Puerto Rico Police Commissioner Antonio López stated. “It does not matter how a lot fame, cash or energy you suppose you could have. If you happen to break the legislation, you’ll have to reply.”
Through the trial earlier this 12 months, Luis Antonio Cádiz, a pal of Verdejo’s additionally charged within the case, stated the previous boxer had pressured Rodríguez to get an abortion. He additionally testified that the day Verdejo killed Rodríguez, the ex-boxer punched her and injected her with a poisonous substance earlier than they tied her limbs to a cement block and threw her off a busy bridge and right into a lagoon in broad daylight.
Cádiz later referred to as 911 anonymously and supplied the situation of Rodríguez’s physique.
An post-mortem discovered that Rodríguez had fentanyl and xylazine, a sedative used for animals together with horses, in her system.
The case shocked the U.S. territory, the place many have demanded higher safety for home violence victims.
Verdejo had participated within the 2012 Olympics and have become knowledgeable boxer that 12 months. He completed his profession within the light-weight division with a 27-2 report, with 17 knockouts.