BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and her sister in their Dorchester apartment in 2011 was sentenced to life in prison Thursday in Boston.
A jury found Jean Weevins Janvier guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in the shooting of 21-year-old Stephanie Emile and second-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Judith Emile in their Harlem Street apartment in November 2011.
At the sentencing Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court, their sisters spoke about how the murders devastated their family.
Stephanie was remembered as a caring woman full of happiness and Judith as a hard-working woman who sent money back to her family in Haiti.
“You have caused my family so much pain. You took two beautiful souls that can never be replaced,” said sister Miralda Emile. “You are a monster.”
“I have been living in fear since 2011, when my sisters were brutally murdered,” sister Samantha Emile said. “You took seven-to-eight years of my life.”
Janvier also addressed the court, denying involvement in the murders. “I don’t have much to say, but what I want to say is I did not do this,” he told the judge. He was then sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.
Prosecutors said Janvier had a brief relationship with Stephanie Emile and was angry when the relationship ended.
Authorities say he fled to Haiti after he was called in for questioning in December 2011. He was indicted in 2012.
He was later added to the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted list and caught at his mother’s home in Haiti in June 2017.
Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins attended the sentencing to pay respects to the victims’ family.
“We’re excited that this family got some accountability, but it’s never a victory,” Rollins said. “This was a tragedy.”
“It’s been a long, drainful process. We can finally put our life back together and pick up all the pieces where we left off seven-and-a-half years ago,” said Miralda Emile.
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