'You chose to murder Gabrielle' - New Rochelle man sentenced in death of daughter

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A New Rochelle man will spend decades - potentially the rest of his life - behind bars for the murder of his 7-year-old daughter.

Neil White was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for killing his daughter, Gabrielle.

Family members and friends of Gabrielle White packed the Westchester County courthouse in White Plains for White's sentencing.  Back in July, after only several hours of deliberations, a jury found White guilty of second-degree murder.

White asked that his sentencing be adjourned so he could get a new lawyer, but Judge George Fufidio rejected his request.

Clutching her daughter's favorite doll, the child's mother, Michelle Hord, lashed out at White during her victim impact statement. "Neil, you chose to murder Gabrielle, you did it with steel in your veins. Your version of love suffocated everything that was ever good, righteous, or possible around you."

Prosecutors say White smothered his asthmatic daughter with a pillow in her bedroom at his New Rochelle townhouse.

The crime took place just one day after White and Hord, a TV executive and former producer on "Good Morning America," signed their divorce papers.             

In court, White maintained his innocence, and his defense attorney said he plans to appeal his conviction on the grounds that there was no physical evidence.

White had requested that his sentencing be adjourned while he looked for a new lawyer. The judge denied his request, saying he had three months to do so after he was convicted in July.

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