A 25-year-old Queens man was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday after he tied up his ex-girlfriend, put her in a small suitcase and left her to suffocate on the side of a Connecticut road.
Javier Da Silva Rojas pleaded guilty to a single count of kidnapping for the fatal kidnapping of Valerie Reyes, 24, in 2019.
On Thursday, the illegal immigrant, who lived in New York City, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Javier Da Silva Rojas, 25, was sentenced to 30 years in prison and a further two years on supervised release for the 2019 murder of his ex-girlfriend Valerie Reyes, 24, after he pushed her into a suitcase and left her on the side of left the road in Connecticut
Reyes (pictured) told her mother ‘she was nervous, anxious and afraid that someone would kill her’. Rojas apologized during the family’s trial on Thursday, saying he was “repulsive” by his actions
Federal court for The White Planes, New York, heard how he drove to Reyes’ home on January 28, 2019 and put his phone on airplane mode before entering her home in New Rochelle.
The couple reportedly went through a brutal change that left Reyes with head trauma and bruising around the face, prosecutors reported.
Reyes, still breathing, was then tied up with packing tape and rope by Rojas before shoving her into a suitcase. He drove 10 miles from her home to Greenwich, Connecticut, and dumped the suitcase in a wooden area, court documents said.
Rojas told investigators that Reyes fell to the ground and hit her head after they had sex at her home, a week before her body was found, federal authorities said.
He told investigators he put packing tape over her mouth, tied her legs and hands, and put her in a suitcase he dropped in a wooded area after driving for a while. She died from a lack of oxygen.
She later died of murderous asphyxiation. Her family reported her missing two days later and authorities found her body on February 5.
Rojas’ DNA was found on the trunk handles, as well as under Reye’s fingernails.
Rojas reportedly rushed to Reyes’ home in New Rochelle, New York, and put his phone on airplane mode before entering her house. They allegedly found, leaving Reyes with a head trauma. He tied her up and taped her mouth shut before shoving her into a red suitcase (pictured) and dumping her on the side of the road in Greenwich, Connecticut.
She died of murderous asphyxiation and her body was found a week later after her family reported her missing
She was found in Greenwich, Connecticut, 10 miles from her home in New Rochelle, New York
Rojas also emptied her bank account, which brought in about $5,350, and stole her iPad and laptop, according to prosecutors.
‘In the days after [Rojas] used her ATM card to drain her bank account and then tried to cover up evidence of his behavior,” Manhattan U.S. attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement.
Court documents show that Reyes told her mother ‘she was nervous, anxious and afraid that someone would kill her’.
In addition to his 30-year sentence, Rojas will be released under supervision for another two years, officials said. He will also likely be evicted after completing his sentence.
“The victim of this crime was in the prime of her life when it was pointlessly ended by Rojas’ abhorrent act,” Strauss said in a statement.
Rojas is said to have cried when the victim’s mother made a statement.
“You, Javier, deserve nothing but pain and rejection,” she told the court. “I want you to hear the words of a mother you destroyed by taking my daughter.”
Rojas apologized to Reyes’ family and said, “No words can express how disgusted I am at the deeds I have committed. I will never forgive myself for that. I can’t ask [Reyes’s family] to forgive me because I don’t deserve it. I’d like them to know I’m very sorry.’