Bronx man gets life in prison for murder of N. Salem teen
A Bronx man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Tuesday for the murder of a North Salem teenager.
Ariel Menendez, 28, raped, strangled and stabbed to death 17-year-old Elizabeth Butler on June 5, 2005. Butler?s body was found in her car in Croton Falls by her parents. The prosecution contended that Menendez killed Butler in a jealous rage after she broke off their relationship.
Butler?s mother spoke at Menendez?s sentencing, calling him a coward. But it was when Menendez detailed the events of the murder that the courtroom erupted. Menendez had to be restrained and cursed Butler?s family as he was led out of the court. Butler?s family members say they are satisfied with the sentence.
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