A convicted rapist has been given prison time for shoving a teen girl off a New York City roof nearly 30 years ago after she wouldn't have sex with him.
Scott Parrilla, 48, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the 1989 killing of 17-year-old Noelis Bayanilla, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.
Parrilla is no stranger to being behind bars, having been incarcerated for numerous crimes, including rape, since Bayanilla's death, according to prosecutors.
“I hope today’s sentence brings some relief to the victim’s family, who spent nearly 30 years painfully waiting for justice for their loved one,” prosecutor Darcel Clark said in a statement.
Bayanilla’s mother Joann Estanislau Caliz said she thinks an ample punishment for her daughter's killer is for him to “rot in jail,” the New York Post reported.
“I cannot put into words what you did to my only child. Aug. 6, 1989, you cut off her life — and you cut out my heart that day,” she said in court this week. “What you did I will never understand! You deserve to rot in jail for the rest of your life!”
For many years, Bayanilla’s death was unsolved. That is, until DNA linked Parrilla to the crime in 2016.
On the day of the teen’s murder, prosecutors say Parrilla, then 19, walked her home in the wee hours of the morning before they both went up to the roof of a five-story building.
It was on that roof that Bayanilla apparently rejected Parrilla for sex. Prosecutors say she tried to leave and that’s when a struggle ensued and Parrilla pushed her off the roof.
She died two days later, NBC New York reports.
Even though several witnesses at the time said Parrilla was the last person to be see with Bayanilla, he was never charged because of a lack of evidence.
In 2015, the case was reopened and investigators tested fingernail scrapings of Bayanilla. The DNA found through that testing matched Parrilla’s DNA from a 1993 rape conviction. He was arrested a year later as he was leaving prison for an unrelated crime.
[Photo: New York State Sex Offender Registry]
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