Christopher Porco gets maximum sentence; Convicted killer speaks for the first time

— Judge Jeffrey Berry handed out the maximum sentence on one count of murder and one count of attempted murder against 24-year old Christopher Porco for killing his father Peter and severely injuring his mother Joan.

Porco will serve a minimum of 25 years and a maximum of life in state prison on the first count of murder. The second count of attempted murder includes a period of incarceration of 25 years.

In sentencing you today, I must make you understand because I fear very much what happened in the early morning hours of November 2004 is something that could happen again, said Berry.

"This act is the worst act a child could commit to his parents," Berry added.

Berry did not grant any leniency to Porco in his sentencing, even though Joan Porco pleaded with the court to use that discretion.

"I know my son, and he could not have committed these very violent acts," said Joan Porco, reading from her victim impact statement. "I am respectfully requesting a lenient sentence for my son."

Patty Szostak, the sister of Peter Porco, read her own victim impact statement, saying the crimes against Peter and Joan Porco has "left my family decimated."

"Not a day goes by when I do not experience the impact of this crime," Szostak read as she choked back tears "This crime was the coldest, most barbaric act any human being can commit against another."

She added that her family has been robbed of a chance to watch Peter realize his own dreams and to "grow old together."

Michael McDermott, chief prosecutor in the case for Albany County, read a statement from Peter Porco's mother Jane Porco Whelan.

"I do not fully understand what happened to my grandson, and I hope and pray that he can be cured, but unless that happens, he must not be allowed to kill again," read Whelan's statement.

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