The convicted killer known as the “Red Devil” will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Wednesday, Jose Santiago, was re-sentenced for the brutal murder of two children and the attempted murder of three women.
An emotional day for the family of the victims who were in court today to see Jose Santiago re-sentenced. Santiago killed two children and wounded three women in their Rochester home in 1999. He was spared the death penalty but ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison.
In June, an appeals court upheld the convictions but ordered Santiago to be re-sentenced because New York's highest court had ruled that a provision in the sentencing law for capital murder cases was unconstitutional. Today, to the relief of the family of the victims, Santiago received the same sentence...life without the possibility of parole.
"The devastation to my family has not changed, the scars, the tears that we cried, the deaths of my nephews, those things will not change, and although the laws have changed, Jose's guilt and sentence should not change," says Nyree Strong.
Santiago's family was also in court - they declined comment but did say Jose wants to tell his side of the story. Santiago's attorney says they are exploring options for an appeal of the sentence.