"I am truly sorry," Michael Valva sobbed as he addressed the courtroom before the judge handed down the sentence in the death of Thomas Valva, 8.8m read
Ex-NYPD officer Michael Valva was sentenced on Thursday in Riverhead to a minimum of 25 years for the death of his 8-year-old son Thomas. Here you can watch the sentencing hearing in its entirety as it originally appeared live on Newsday.com. This video contains language that some viewers might find offensive.
"We were so emotionally invested in this for so long. It was a big part of our lives," said juror Christina Anselmo after Michael Valva's sentencing.2m read
The defense for Lauren Pazienza has also been preparing a psychological assessment on the former Port Jefferson resident to determine her mental state when she allegedly shoved a vocal coach to the ground in Manhattan, leading to the 87-year-old woman's death.1m read
Nine jurors and 3 alternates in the Michael Valva murder trial showed up at the Riverhead courthouse to watch as the ex-NYPD officer was sentenced to 25 years to life for the death of his then 8-year-old son Thomas. NewsdayTV's Shari Einhorn reports.