N.Y. Man Given Life Sentence After Attacking "Witches" With Hammer

"I killed them because they are witches, I want the police to kill me." He killed his girlfriend and her daughter. 

By Eric Shorey

Carlos Alberto Amarillo faces two consecutive life sentences after killing his girlfriend Estrella Castaneda, and her daughter, Lina Castaneda, with a hammer. Amarillo had attacked the two because he thought that they were "witches" casting spells on him, according to People.

Amarillo called the police himself after the killings in January of 2014. “Two females are dead, they were assassinated, hurry they are dead. I killed them because they are witches, I want the police to kill me. I killed them with a hammer,” he said on the phone with 911.

He later told officers that the two were using voodoo to make him sick. He was found holding a bible when officers arrived at the scene. 

Amarillo was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child (Lina’s 7-year-old daughter was in a different room at the time of the murder).

“This defendant will rightfully spend the rest of his natural life behind bars for fatally beating to death his girlfriend and her daughter — who was the mother of a young child who also happened to be in the residence that night but fortunately was not harmed,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

It is unclear if Amarillo's legal team, who attempted to use an insanity defense during the trial, will plan to appeal the decision.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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