January 04, 2017 05:30 PM
TROY - 35-year old Jacob Heimroth remained defiant right up to the moment he was sent away for at least half a century.
"This whole incident is tragic however I refuse to take responsibility for something I played no part in," Heimroth told the court.
A jury thought otherwise, convicting Heimroth last August in the double murder of Allen and Maria Lockrow, both of them beaten to death with a baseball bat and a 2-by-4, in their Lansingburgh mobile home in the summer of 2014.
"Jake Heimroth, you are an evil monster," Joseph Rielly, Allen Lockrow's older brother, proclaimed during a victim impact statement, "Hopefully you will spend the rest of your days in a jail cell."
Judge Andrew Ceresia did his part to make sure that wish comes true, rejecting a defense otion to overturn the verdict, based on defense attorney Joseph Ahearn's assertion that the district attorney's office violated ethics rules, and that a key witness lied under oath.
"The court does note the unspeakable and barbaric nature of the violence that the jury concluded this defendant committed on the victims," Ceresia said, "No mercy will be shown."
"Certainly not the first time we've heard the defendant refuse to take responsibility," said District Attorney Joel Abelove, "But for this family to have to listen to him say that I'm sure it hurt."
Even if co-defendant Daniel Reuter, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter last year in exchange for a 40-year sentence, received less prison time than Heimroth, family members of the victims say they have no problem with that.
"I'll roll the dice that (Heimroth) doesn't make 50 years old," Rielly predicted, "He's a ruthless punk and he can't keep his mouth shut. I don't like talking like this but it is what it is."
Heimroth says he's planning to appeal his conviction.
The Heimroth sentencing doesn't only close a painful chapter in a brutal double murder case, the district attorney sees it as a vindication.
"Obviously, because the judge denied the motion, I think that speaks volumes about the merits of the motion and the arguments we made opposing that motion," Abelove said. "We believe we were right on the law all along and we're pleased to see the judge saw it the same way."
Updated: January 04, 2017 05:30 PM
Created: January 04, 2017 05:14 AM
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