Carlos Cruz, man who hired cousin to kill ex Chelsea Frazier, sentenced to life in prison
A jealous sociopath who had his ex-girlfriend murdered in front of their toddler because he didn't want to pay child support will never get out of jail.
But Carlos Cruz's sentence of life in prison without parole wasn't harsh enough for the loved ones of his victim, 18-year-old Chelsea Frazier.
"I hope that you rot in hell and die a slow, painful death," Frazier's tearful mother, Robin Snow, told a silent Cruz, 38, in a Bronx courtroom Monday.
Jilted by Frazier, Cruz paid a cousin $700 to kill her and make it look like a robbery while they were visiting the Bronx from her hometown of Southbridge, Mass., in April 2008.
Their 14-month-old, Alijah, was in the backseat when the hired gun executed Frazier - and then ran off without shooting Cruz, which had been planned to make it look legit.
Cruz ended up chasing the hit man down the street, screaming, "You forgot to shoot me!" Cruz was then shot in the thigh, authorities said.
More than 30 of Frazier's friends and family were in the courtroom, wearing pins with her photo, as Bronx Supreme Court Justice Barbara Newman sentenced Cruz to the maximum. "Your crime shows that you are an extremely vicious and dangerous person," Newman said. "You have demonstrated that you cannot be in a free society."
In a victim impact statement, Snow was blunter.
"You are a poor excuse for a human being," she said.
Snow is raising Alijah and has changed the boy's last name to Frazier.
"How do you explain to a child that his father is a ruthless killer?" Frazier's sister Corey Plouffe asked. "[Cruz] deserves to be tormented for his crime"
Cruz's lawyer Patrick Bruno said he couldn't defend his client's actions.
"It's an exceptionally troubling case," said Bruno, who apologized to Frazier's family in court.
The accused hit man, Devon Miller, is expected to go on trial this month.