Sayfullo Saipov, a 35-year-old Uzbek, was sentenced on March 13 to life imprisonment for running over and causing the death of eight people on a New York bike path, during a terrorist attack in 2017.
Sitting with bowed head and silence, Sayfullo Saipov received his life sentence. The jury could not reach the unanimity that the death penalty required in its deliberations.
This is a severe setback for the Prosecutor’s Office, which wanted the terrorist to pay with his life for the attack in which he rammed a truck into pedestrians and cyclists, killing eight people.
“Justice has been done”
Vera Dargoltz is the widow of Hernán Ferruchi, one of the five Argentines who died on October 31, 2017, part of a group of 10 friends who were celebrating 30 years of high school graduation in New York.
She says she is at peace with this verdict: “I feel that justice was done. Although, as I say or think, real justice would have been for this not to happen. At least I know that this person is not going to go out anymore and she is going to live her whole life, but in solitude.
“I also see that this is important for my daughters, so that they can live without resentment, without hatred, that they can put their lives together and that they do not have their whole lives waiting for an execution,” she adds.
The defense, which prevailed with its strategy, managed to convince several members of the jury that being imprisoned for life without the possibility of going free will be enough punishment for the Uzbek.
Saipov is 35 years old and will be imprisoned in a maximum security prison in the state of Colorado, confined to a small cell and without the possibility of receiving visitors.