Troy man gets 27 years to life in prison for brutally murdering stepdaughter

March 12, 2018 06:15 PM

TROY - Johnny Qquendo was sentenced to 27 years to life behind bars on Monday. That's the maximum.

He's the man who murdered his stepdaughter, Noel Alkaramla, in Troy back in 2015. Her body was stuffed in a suitcase and dumped in the Hudson River.

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Oquendo, 42, acted as his own lawyer at the sentencing. He was defiant right up until the end, adamantly denying any guilt whatsoever. At one point, he even said, "I swear, I'm innocent of these charges."

— Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) March 12, 2018

WEB EXTRA: Johnny Oquendo's statement at his sentencing (not seen on TV)

However, the judge wasn't having any part of it, calling Oquendo "cowardly" and telling him he deserves no mercy.

Alkaramla's mother, Debra Napoli, accused Oquendo of making a bizarre mockery of the justice system. She said calling Oquendo a "menace to society" is an understatement.

"I'm content. Twenty-seven to life, he's got everything going against him, he's going into prison. There's chances that he'll die in there. He's 40-something. Twenty-seven years from now, he'll be in his late 60s," said Napoli. "I want him to suffer in there and remember everything he did."


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