After pleading guilty to murder and attempted murder last month, Leonardo spoke not a word in court for his sentencing. Justice Troy Webber, however, did. â€œIâ€™m glad to put you in prison,â€ Webber said, wondering out loud how any parent, let alone human being, could commit such a heinous crime.
His ex-wife gave an emotionally charged victim impact statement written in Spanish and translated and read by a prosecutor that read, â€œI will never forget the last time I saw my little son. He was radiant, happy, content, and followed me all around the house. When it was time for me to leave, he followed me to the door and I knelt down to talk with him. It's as if my heart knew that it would be the last time I would see him alive.â€
Her last words to him on November 6, 2012, were, â€œI love you from the bottom of my heart, more than my own life.â€
Leonardo Espinal was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
Mia, the precious seven-year-old, now suffers panic attacks if any mention of returning to the apartment is made. According to her mother, â€œShe never wanted to sleep in the same bed where she slept with her Steward, protecting him from monsters.â€
â€œMia suffers a great deal when she goes to parties, when she goes to bed, when she plays with other children, when she sees photos of him, when she sees another boy the same age as him, when she sees me sad because she knows I am thinking of him,â€ she continued.
Both Rosaura Abreu and Mia are in therapy. â€œAll we can do is take it day by day,â€ Rosaura said.