A Florida man fatally stabbed his girlfriend during a heated argument 20 times and as police led him away in handcuffs the suspect asked if they found her body.
Now, he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Recently, Hillsborough County Judge Michelle Sisco sentenced Hector Acevedo, 28, to life in prison without parole for the stabbing death of his girlfriend Shyeanne Lewis, 23. Acevedo was found guilty and convicted by a jury last month of first-degree murder after a two-hour of deliberations.
On April 22, 2017, sheriff deputies responded to Lewis’ residence at Andover Club Apartments on East Busch Boulevard to check on her welfare. The decision by officers to do a welfare check followed a 911 dispatch call from the defendant’s mother after Acevedo told family members he wanted to commit suicide or be killed by law enforcement.
When the police arrived at his mother’s house, they realized the defendant was a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to News Channel 8, Acevedo was arrested without incident in the bedroom of his mother’s house, where he was asleep. As deputies led him out to the patrol car in handcuffs, Acevedo asked them if they found Lewis and were concerned about her welfare.
When 23-year-old Lewis didn’t answer her door, police forced their way into the residence. The victim was found dead from multiple stab wounds. An autopsy report showed the victim was stabbed 20 times.
Lewis’ mother, Angela Martin, cried as she addressed the defendant during the victim impact statement at the sentencing hearing.
“Everybody says it’s been about four years but I know it’s been 1,636 days since you took my baby from me,” her mother, Angela Martin, told Acevedo. Now I don’t sleep at night. I miss work. I will never see my baby get married and have kids. I’ll never be a grandmother. Now, every Mother’s Day, I sit under a tree and look at a picture of my baby on a stone. And that’s not fair that I should have to think about you too,” said Martin, according to Tampa Bay Times.
Other family members described Lewis as someone who was ambitious and always had a goofy smile on her face. At the time of her death, the victim had successfully held two jobs as a manager at a Pizza Hut and a team leader providing help to the disabled at Tampa International Airport.