'Hope she rots in hell!' Internet hails judge as Angela Pollina gets 25 years in prison for murder of 8-yr-old Thomas Valva
SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK: Angela Pollina, the Long Island stepmother of an 8-year-old autistic boy who confessed to forcing him to sleep in a freezing garage the night before he died was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on Tuesday, April 11. Thomas Valva tragically died on January 20, 2022, after being exposed to extreme conditions.
Judge Timothy Mazzei of the Suffolk County Supreme Court told Pollina that his only regret about the prison where she would serve her sentence is that "they don't have a garage," according to New York Post. Mazzei added, "That's where you deserve to be for the rest of your natural life." Mazzei condemned Pollina, 45, for her horrendous treatment of her stepson Thomas who had autism, and his older brother, Anthony, who survived. Mazzei stated, "You tortured those boys — you tortured them," according to Newsday.
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Angela Pollina 'received the sentence she justly deserved'
Pollina remained silent at her sentence while her attorney, Matthew Tuohy, pleaded to the judge to pardon her. Tuohy highlighted that before meeting Michael Valva, the biological father of Thomas, Pollina had "lived a good life" and had never been arrested. His pleas were ignored by the prosecutors, who demanded the maximum sentence.
Lead prosecutor Kerryan Kelly claimed that on the day of Thomas' death, he was not surrounded by affection but rather by "pure evil," according to Newsday. Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney said, "The defendant received the sentence she justly deserved."
'Glad this creature will be locked up'
Many have reacted to Pollina's sentencing on Twitter with one person writing, "This story still brings tears to my eyes. How they treated that innocent little boy was barbaric." Another person wrote, "Hope she rots in hell."
A third person wrote, "Life without parole is best for the witch." This other person wrote, "Kudos!! Kudos to this judge!! 25 to Life! and what he said to her. Be gone you effing witch!" Another individual who is happy that Pollina will be in the prison wrote, "Glad this creature will be locked up."
This story still brings tears to my eyes. How they treated that innocent little boy was barbaric.— Red Robin (@RedRobi43671900) April 11, 2023
Hope she rots in hell— Denise Whelan (@DeniseWhelan19) April 11, 2023
Life without parole is best for the witch— Marsha Lampert (@marshalampert) April 11, 2023
Kudos!! Kudos to this judge!! 25 to Life! and what he said to her. Be gone you effing witch!— 𝔸𝔸𝔸ℝℙ𝔾𝕆𝔻𝔼𝕊𝕊 (@AAARPGodess) April 11, 2023
Glad this creature will be locked up— Keri Szatkowski 🇺🇸🏳️🌈🇮🇱 (@KeriBear22) April 11, 2023
What was Angela Pollina found guilty of?
Pollina, a former medical biller, admitted to forcing the boys to spend the cold night of January 17, 2020, in the garage of the family's Center Moriches house. A Long Island jury found her guilty of second-degree murder and child endangerment in the month of March.
Prosecutors said that Thomas' body temperature dropped to just under 76 degrees at the time of his death. Additionally, he suffered from a head injury, sunken hips, no body fat, alopecia, and a persistent kidney infection brought on by holding his urine.
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