Updated 03/20/2013 04:45 PM
Ramos sentenced to life without parole for double murder
Ivan Ramos has been sentenced to two life sentences without the possibility of parole in connection with the murders of William McDermott and Cheryl Goss. As YNN's Maria Valvanis tells us, the victim's family members say they are happy to know Ramos will die in prison.
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AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- Kelly Faboskay said, "It's never going to bring my mother back, but I'm glad he didn't get away with it."
"I wanted him to know he didn't win, that we're strong like my father was," said Sarah McDermott.
The district attorney called him an animal. The victim's family members say he is a monster. Convicted of murdering William McDermott, 56, and Cheryl Goss, 46, Ivan Ramos, was given two life sentences behind bars, without parole.
"I'm happy, definitely," said Goss' daughter, Hope Faboskay.
Ramos killed the pair in McDermott's Locust Ave apartment last March.
Dozens of family members were at the sentencing and each of the victim's two daughters, along with McDermott's brother, spoke. Staring Ramos directly in the eyes, each asked the simple question: Why?
Kelly Faboskay said, "It was just hard looking at him because I wanted answers back and I didn't get answers back."
"I literally could have sat there all day and yelled at him. I mean, he took our Dad," said Erin Connelly.
Loved ones mentioned all of the things Ramos stole from them, including a grandfather and grandmother. When given the opportunity to speak, Ramos continued to deny having any part in the murders and said the trial was unfair because his wife saw the judge sleeping while in session.
"It's been a circus for the most part."
And it's an act loved ones say is long from being over.
Hope Faboskay said, "I'm never going to be able to see my mom again. There’s no closure."
"Regardless of whether justice was served, there’s still things were going to have to live with for the rest of our life," said McDermott.