A Philly veteran, who claims he suffers from PTSD, was given a sentence of 18 to 26 years in prison for strangling a prostitute, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The 2012 incident reportedly happened after the 43-year-old vet, Larry Rodriguez, went on a crack cocaine and drinking binge.
Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi told Rodriguez that she did not doubt he suffered from PTSD, but because of a similar drug and alcohol fueled incident in 2008, in which he tried to strangle his mother, he understood the consequences of his actions.
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"You knew it. You knew it from the beginning, and yet you continued to do [crack] and you strangled that woman," Judge DeFino-Nastasi told Rodriguez.
Sonya Lewis, the 41-year-old woman that Rodriguez was found guilty of strangling, was last heard from around 2 a.m. on June 30. When her friends asked Rodriguez where she was, he denied she was with him. They then threatened to pull a fire alarm and he let them in. Lewis’ body was found under a mattress, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Rodriquez was found guilty of third-degree murder in October.
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