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Powell sentenced to life in prison

Powell was sentenced Wednesday in Broome County Court for murdering his estranged wife and her friend in March 2013.
Binghamton (WIVT) - Barring a successful appeal, Aaron Powell of Binghamton will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Powell was sentenced Wednesday in Broome County Court for murdering his estranged wife, Christina Powell, 35, and her friend Mario Masciarelli, 24, in March 2013.

Aaron Powell stalked the couple while they were on a date at the Airport Inn and then followed them back to the Powell house on Lisi Lane in the Town of Binghamton.

He let himself into the home and attacked the two victims, bludgeoning Masciarelli with a baseball bat and strangling Christina Powell with an electrical cord.

Today in court, Christina's cousin, Lindsay Rogers, described her as sentimental, sweet and trustworthy with a big beautiful smile.

Masciarelli's mother, Mirella, read from a long prepared statement, crying throughout, saying that she lives in constant pain and fear following the loss of her only child.

Broome County District Attorney Jerry Mollen said the words of the victims' families get to the heart of the case.

"Families don't get over crimes like this. But, at least I hope they feel a sense that the system did all it could. And that's really the best we can do," he said.

Judge Joe Cawley called Powell a cold-blooded killer and "pure evil" in sentencing him to the maximum, life in prison without parole.

While Powell himself made no statement to the court, his appointed lawyer, Tom Cline, told the court that Powell continues to maintain his innocence as well as his demand for a new attorney.

Powell plans to appeal.
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