Hebert Sentenced To 25 Years To Life In Yekel's MurderPosted: Updated:
Christopher Hebert could spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering Lacey Yekel.
The 47 year old will go to prison for 25 years to life for killing the Massena woman in 2014.
The sentence, the maximum, was handed down in St. Lawrence County Court Thursday morning.
Yekel's father was at the sentencing from state prison to tell the judge about his loss.
“I respectfully ask the court to show no mercy, as he had no mercy, no compassion, no respect for my beautiful little girl,” said Robert Yekel.
Her mother, Bonnie Lamay, read from a prepared statement.
"My heart, my life, my world will never be the same again," she said, "and Lacey will never have a chance to live her life to the fullest."
"Lacey Yekel in the woods that night asked for mercy, asked for it to stop," District Attorney Gary Pasqua said. "The defendant made the conscious, deliberate decision to end her life."
Hebert read his own statement at the sentencing. He maintained his innocence and blamed a law-enforcement conspiracy for his conviction.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be arrested, let alone convicted, of a murder that never happened,” he said.
During the trial he said he lied when he told people he punched Yekel in the face, smashed her in the head with a tool, and strangled her to death with his belt
A jury decided last month that Hebert killed the 24 year old and dumped her body in a wooded area off Commerce Drive in the Massena Industrial Park.
Her decomposed and partially wrapped body was found in August 2014.
The case went unsolved until Hebert's arrest on a second-degree murder charge in June 2018.
He admitted he dumped her body, but said she died of a drug overdose.
The doctor who performed Yekel's autopsy testified he couldn't determine a cause of death.