After being found guilty in a re-trial for the murder of his estranged wife and her boyfriend, Aaron Powell has again been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
In January, Powell was found guilty for the second time of one count of 1st degree murder and two counts of 2nd degree murder for the killing of Christina Powell and Mario Masciarelli in March of 2013.
Aaron Powell was tipped off that the two were together at the Airport Inn in the Town of Maine and he followed them back to Christina’s home in the Town of Binghamton where he brutally killed them.
Powell was later captured after fleeing to and hiding out in Pennsylvania.
Masciarelli’s mother Mirella Masciarelli gave the court an emotional address citing disappointment in the families having to suffer through another trial.
She then told Powell that he’s not human, that he has no soul, and is the devil himself.
Special Prosecutor Christopher Grace says that although the outcome doesn’t diminish the families’ grief, the sentence was the best result possible. “I think the judge said it best, he doesn’t really have the tools to really give the justice this case needs. But he can work within in the law and I think he did as just a sentence as you can get in this case. We’re very pleased the judge chose his sentence in that way.”
Grace and fellow private attorney Vincent Accardi handled the case as special prosecutors due to conflicts of interest in the DA’s office.
When handing down his sentence, Judge Joseph Cawley said that in all his years, he’d only seen one other case where the proof of guilt was as strong as this one.
He said he hopes that Powell is tormented for the rest of his life for what he did to the two victims and their families.
A loud cheer came from the big crowd in the courtroom when Powell was escorted out.