BOSTON (CBS) — Bampumim Teixeira, the man convicted of murdering two doctors inside their South Boston penthouse, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and five other charges by a jury on Tuesday.
Dr. Richard Field and Dr. Lina Bolanos were stabbed to death inside their South Boston penthouse on May 5, 2017.READ MORE: COVID Booster Shots - Who Can Get It And Who Has To Wait
Texiera was not present at the sentencing and instead heard victim impact statements through a video conferencing system.
Bolanos’s godparents, Michael and Amanda Gibbs gave a joint victim statement.
“We’ve been grateful to have Lina in our lives for so many years as a daughter to us and sister to our sons. Our family treasures the so many things we have done together, holidays, trips to Montreal, birthday celebrations, dinners, parties, and just hanging out,” said Michael. “Many times Richard would call Amanda at the last minute for advice on what to buy Lina for birthdays, Christmas and special occasions. The biggest occasion was Richard buying Lina an engagement ring…Lina loved that ring.”
He added, “Lina’s dedication and love for her profession made her unique. Her true passion was helping the children patients, or as she called them, ‘her babies.'”
Bolanos’s mother spoke next through an interpreter. “She loved Richard very much and he loved her. They were a gorgeous couple. He was the love of her life and they will love each other forever in heaven,” she said.
Outside court, she added, “I know I will never get to see my daughter again or Richard for that matter, but that monster will not destroy any more families.”READ MORE: Arrest Made In Hit And Run That Killed Retired Hudson, NH Police Officer Donna Briggs
Jason Field, Richard’s brother gave the last victim statement. Filled with emotion, he told the court he and Richard moved to the U.S. with a single parent as teenagers.
“We learned very quickly that we could live an amazing life in this country if we worked hard and planned ahead with clear and concise goals,” Jason said. “It was at the heart of medical school, where he first met the love of his life, Lina Bolanos. Very quickly they realized they shared many of the same interests. In work: they matched each other with a high level of patient care. In play: they loved to travel overseas, mostly to visit with family and friends and experience new cultures, clothes, music, food, and whiskey.”
Jason said Bolanos had been planning a surprise trip for Richard’s birthday that involved family and friends.
“I last saw my brother and Lina at my home in Newburyport, it was Easter Sunday, just two weeks before that god-awful day of May 5. My four children, and my wife and I, we always looked forward to their visit as each and every one of us was made to feel special,” he said.
“We try and keep Richard and Lina alive now by believing they are traveling to some far away, exotic place, and they will soon be back to share with us their incredible experiences.”
After two outbursts in court on Tuesday, Teixeira was removed before the verdict was read. At least seven officers escorted him out of the courtroom after he yelled: “do you want to know his last words.”MORE NEWS: Middleboro Man Accused Of Assaulting Commuter Rail Conductor After Refusing To Wear Mask
Defense attorney Steven Sack repeatedly claimed in closing arguments that Teixeira killed Field in self-defense and that his client was having an affair with Bolanos. Prosecutor John Pappas said Teixeira planned out his attack and robbery having knowledge of the building as a former employee.