The man accused of killing the jog Karina Vetrano found himself guilty of all charges on Thursday night.
Chanel Lewis, 21, was convicted of murder and sexual assault and meets up to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Sentencing has been planned for April 17th.
"Jubilation. Justice has been earned," said the victim's father, Phil Vetrano, when he left the courtroom while holding his wife. "He has only one death sentence, he will die in prison. We cannot be more satisfied and now we continue."
Both sides delivered closing arguments Monday, with the jury getting the case for deliberations Monday afternoon. They left their verdict against the defendant Lewis a few hours later.
Lewis's defense team was disappointed with the verdict.
"Our customer did not receive a fair trial. We will appeal immediately to a court that can afford Lewis the fair review he has so far been denied." The Legal Aid Society, which represented Lewis, said in a statement after the verdict.
Vetrano, 30, was killed during jogging in Spring Creek Park ̵
St John's University's parents were worried when she did not return home at her usual time and called a neighbor working for the NYPD for help.
According to the trial certificate, Phil Vetrano led the search and finally discovered his daughter's part-dressed body lying in rude weeds in the park by the water.
Vetrano was severely beaten and lay in the face down in the 8-foot reed, with her front tooth knocking out, her pants pulled down and her socks wet, said Robert Boyce, the news head of NYPD at that time. 19659013] The last photo of Karina Vetrano on her Howard Beach home before leaving a jog, August 2, 2016, with her mother in the background. “/> (Queens District Attorney's Office) The last photo of Karina Vetrano on her Howard Beach at home moments before leaving for a jog, August 2, 2016, with her mother in the background.
Boyce called the brutal death one of the most remarkable cases of his career.
"My thoughts were … she was drawn by [a puddle of] water and then pulled the road into the high-bay," Boyce, who has then retired and becomes an ABC News contributor.
Her phone was found in the reeds about 15 to 20 meters from her body, Boyce said.
Police recovered DNA from an unknown person on their cell phone, the back of the neck and nails, he said.
Six months in the investigation, the case had become cold when one of the case detectives, Lt. John Russo remembered to call the police on a black man roaming in the Howard Beach neighborhood three months before Karina Vetrano's death, according to test attempts.
The man was later identified as Lewis.
Lewis, then 20, agreed to allow the police to put him on DNA inside his eastern New York home when his mother was nearby.
He was kept in custody a week later on charges of murder and sexual abuse. He has been in prison since his arrest.
Lewis, who did not seem to know Vetrano, claimed that he was "just losing it" and strangled Vetrano after spitting her on the jogging track, saying that prosecutors read aloud during his arraignment.
Vetrano "did nothing," Lewis told the police. "I was just angry at the time. I hit her to let my feelings out. I never really meant hurting her. It just happened."
Lewis's first attempt in November 2018 killed a jury after 13 hours and urged the judge to explain a distrust.
ABC News & # 39; Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.