A father and son from Florida were sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for the 2019 murder of 33-year-old Nicole Montalvo.
PEOPLE reports that jurors found Christopher Otero-Rivera, 33, and Angel Rivera, 66, guilty of all charges back in April. Those charges include second-degree murder, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a human body.
As they admitted to their crimes, Otero-Rivera and Rivera showed no emotion during the trial. They said they wanted Montalvo gone so they could gain sole custody of her son.
Montalvo is Otero-Rivera’s estranged wife and the mother of his 9-year-old son. She was last seen alive on Oct. 12, 2019, as she dropped off her son at school. Six days later, her dismembered body was discovered in the property where Rivera was living.
Along with getting life sentences, Judge Keith Carsons gave them another 15 years for dismembering her body and five more for tampering with evidence.
Given the nature of Montalvo’s death, Carsons was not afraid to hold back his thoughts:
“I cannot ignore the brutality of your efforts to cover up that crime, or the pain it brought the family of Nicole Montalvo,” according to FOX35.
Prior to sentencing, Montalvo’s three siblings delivered emotional impact statements to the court.
Steven Montalvo, Nicole’s younger brother, said he felt a sense of “terror and a loss for words.” as he stood there before his sister’s murderers.
Christina Montalvo described the grieving process “as never-ending” for her only sister.
Meanwhile, her twin brohter, Edward Montalvo, said that he and the family had pleaded with Nicole to leave Otero-Rivera. He also said that she was “butchered and discarded, like she never mattered.”