Tomell HaSidi remained silent Tuesday as a judge denounced him as a "cold-blooded murderer" who has "not shown an ounce of remorse" for killing Lakiesta "Pinky" Brown and then cutting her body into pieces.
Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio imposed the maximum 25-year prison term on his guilty plea to first-degree manslaughter for killing and dismembering Brown in December and then dumping her remains in the Black Rock Channel.
DiTullio said HaSidi remains "a danger to society."
HaSidi, 32, did not comment at the sentencing.
He had moved in with Brown and her family after they became engaged following his August release from prison, where he had served time on parole violations linked to earlier forgery and grand larceny cases.
Brown, 32, had persuaded her family to let HaSidi move into their Briscoe Avenue home because she loved him and felt she could take him away from his life of crime, her sister, Theola Gault, told the judge. Brown also had cared for HaSidi last year when he was treated for cancer, she said.
He repaid Brown by becoming her only enemy, Gault said.
HaSidi has been jailed since Buffalo police divers recovered some of Brown's remains Dec. 30 in the Black Rock Channel off Massachusetts Avenue.
Prosecutor Thomas M. Finnerty said HaSidi had initially told police he accidentally killed Brown during an argument after she broke off their engagement and ordered him to move out of her family's home.
Members of the Buffalo Police Underwater Recovery Team searched the channel after authorities at the nearby Peace Bridge reported that surveillance cameras had recorded suspicious activity there.
The judge lauded Buffalo police homicide detectives for tracing HaSidi's movements through the parole ankle bracelet he was wearing.
At the time of her killing, Brown was working on a psychology degree at Erie Community College's North Campus in Amherst.
After sentencing, Brown's father, Bernard Brown, said HaSidi "showed what kind of a coward he is" by refusing to express any remorse.