Photo credit: Franklin County Jail.
Before learning of his sentence, Salvadoran Santiago Martínez listened to testimony from children who told the court about years of abuse suffered by their mother, Alexandra Berrios, also from El Salvador. rice field.
Berrios remained in a vegetative state for two months in hospital after being beaten with a log by her ex-husband on one of the paths of Battelle-Derby Creek Metro Park in May 2021, following an altercation after the victim confessed. died in He had an affair while she was still living in El Salvador and he was in the US.
The Columbus Dispatch reported Tuesday that Judge Kim Brown of the Franklin County Common Court of Appeals has sentenced him to life in prison, with parole rights, after serving 15 years.
“I want another hug from my mom, or some advice,” one of the sons said during Monday’s sentencing hearing, according to a local newspaper.
Berrios’ adult children said in court that Berrios was the best mother. They described her father as an abusive and unfaithful husband and expressed her grief by repeating that her mother did not deserve to die like this.
The perpetrator is from San Miguel and, with the help of an interpreter, told the jury that he would take responsibility for his mistakes.
“The day he died on May 7th was also the day my wife left because he was the only person who understood me,” Martinez said.