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

— Christopher's brother, Johnathan Porco, walked into the courtroom holding his mother's arm and taking a seat in one of the front rows. Christopher never looked back at his family when he walked away, but was allowed to remove his handcuffs after entering the courtroom so he could read his own statement.

"I will be the first to admit I have made some mistakes in my life and that I have not always been honest to my friends and family," said Christopher Porco. "Ultimately, I have faith in the system my father held so dear."

The former University of Rochester student and Bethlehem Central High School graduate, who a jury said attacked his mother and father with an ax while they were sleeping in their Brockley Drive, Delmar, home, said he misses his dad and worries about his mom.

"My heart aches for my mom," said Porco. 'She is the strongest person I know and has helped me carry on day to day," Porco said.

Judge Berry said the jury has spoken.

"I am not setting that verdict aside," said Berry. 'You were provided with a fair trial."

A trial, according to Berry, that did not allow into evidence Porco's other acts of crime, including past burglaries at 36 Brockley Drive, forged documents, and other prior bad acts.

"Items I let the jury see proved to be what I felt was a powerful circumstantial evidence case," said Berry.

Members of the Bethlehem Police Department, including the lead detective on the Porco murder case, Christopher Bowdish, was inside the courtroom along with Police Chief Lou Corsi and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

"The people of Albany County should be proud of their public servants today," Soares said.

Soares endured heavy criticism early in the investigation for not charging any suspect with the crime. The first-term district attorney said he was not surprised by Christopher Porco's statement read in court.

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