TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) –- A local man was denied a chance at freedom by a State Supreme Court justice.
Jacob Heimroth gets the maximum sentence for murdering a couple in their Lansingburgh home in 2014.
This case has dragged on longer than it should have, and all eyes were anxious to see this decision from Justice Ceresia.
He ruled against a motion by the defense to throw out the verdict, and slapped Heimroth with 50 years to life.
The victims’ family is relieved this is finally over.
“I have a hole in my heart,” said the victims’ brother, Joe Reilly.
The last two and a half years have been a nightmare for Reilly and his family.
On Wednesday, it ended.
Heimroth is sentenced to 50 years to life for brutally killing Reilly’s brother Allen Lockrow and his wife Maria in 2014.
“It’s not going to bring back Allen, [it’s] not going to bring back Marie, but I have a little closure,” Reilly said.
In a last ditch effort, Heimroth’s attorney Joseph Ahearn tried to get the verdict thrown out by revealing that the district attorney’s office didn’t tell him they were also prosecuting the son of their key witness, the Lockrow’s next door neighbor
“There was certainly no intention by us to try to miss that,” said Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove. “If we had recognized it, we would have disclosed it. I don’t think it would have harmed our case in any way.”
That witness also admitted to lying on the stand, but it was no match to her initial 9-1-1 call that placed Heimroth at the scene.
For the first time, he spoke up, but only to show he has no remorse for the barbaric murders.
“This entire case only shows how broken the court system has become,” Heimroth said. “You all not only make yourselves look bad, but the justice system as a whole.”
For Reilly, it’s a new year and a new start. One that will have him holding on to only good memories.
“You have to build each day of your life all over again and you have to focus on the good things,” Reilly said.
Defense attorney says he respectfully disagrees with the court’s decision to deny his motion. Heimroth plans to appeal.