Queens man gets 30 years in prison Thursday for stuffing his ex-girlfriend in suitcase
A Queens man, 25, received a 30-year prison sentence on Thursday after tying up his ex-girlfriend, stuffing her in a small suitcase and leaving her to suffocate at the side of a Connecticut road.
Javier Da Silva Rojas pleaded guilty to a single count of kidnapping for the fatal abduction of Valerie Reyes, 24, in 2019.
On Thursday, the illegal immigrant, who was living in New York City, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Javier Da Silva Rojas, 25, was sentenced to 30 years in prison and an additional two years of supervised release for murdering his ex-girlfriend Valerie Reyes, 24, in 2019 after shoving her in a suitcase and leaving her on the side of the road in Connecticut
Reyes (pictured) told her mother ‘she was nervous, anxious and afraid someone was going to murder her.’ Rojas apologized the family at the trial on Thursday and said he was ‘repulsed’ by his actions
The White Planes, New York, federal court had heard how he drove to Reyes’s house on January 28, 2019, and switched his phone to airplane mode before entering her New Rochelle home.
The couple allegedly got into a vicious alteration that left Reyes with a head trauma and bruising around the face, prosecutors reported.
Reyes, who was still breathing, was then bound by Rojas with packing tape and twine before he shoved her inside a suitcase. He drove 10 miles from her home to Greenwich, Connecticut, and ditched the suitcase the in a wooden area, court documents said.
Rojas told investigators that Reyes fell to the floor and hit her head after they had sex at her home a week before her body was found, federal authorities said.
He told investigators that he put packing tape over her mouth, bound her legs and hands, and put her in a suitcase that he dropped in a wooded area after driving for some time. She died from a lack of oxygen.
She later died of homicidal asphyxiation. Her family reported her missing two days later and authorities found her body on February 5.
Rojas’s DNA was found on the suitcase handles, as well under Reye’s fingernails.
Rojas shoved allegedly show up to Reyes’s New Rochelle, New York, home and turned his phone on airplane mode before entering her home. They allegedly found, leaving Reyes with a head trauma. He bound her and taped her mouth shut before shoving her in a red suitcase (pictured) and ditched her on the side of the road in Greenwich, Connecticut
She died of homicidal asphyxiation and her body was found 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 drained her bank account, which approximately obtain $5,350, and stole her iPad and laptop, according to prosecutors.
‘In the days after, [Rojas] used her ATM card to empty her bank account and then attempted to cover up the evidence of his conduct,” said Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss in a statement.
Court documents revealed that Reyes told her mother ‘she was nervous, anxious and afraid someone was going to murder her.’
In addition to his 30-year sentence, Rojas will have an additional two years of supervised release, officials said. He will also likely be deported following the completion of his sentence.
‘The victim of this crime was in the prime of her life when it was senselessly ended by Rojas’ abhorrent act,’ Strauss said in a statement.
Rojas allegedly cried as the victim’s mother gave a statement.
‘You, Javier, deserve nothing but pain and rejection,’ she told the court. ‘I want you to hear the words of a mother who you devastated by taking away my baby girl.’
Rojas apologized to Reyes’s family, stating: ‘No words can express how repulsed I am by the acts I committed. I will never forgive myself for that. I cannot ask [Reyes’s family] to forgive me because I don’t deserve it. I would like them to know I’m very sorry.’