HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. - A Hillsborough County judge on Friday sentenced Alexander Cote-Ferrer to 50 years in prison, 10 years probation and 1,000 days credit for time served.
Cote-Ferrer faced up to life in prison for the 2010 murder of his girlfriend Danitza Fonseca.
Prosecutors said during the trial that Cote-Ferrer hacked Fonseca to death with a machete inside their Tampa home. Fonseca's two daughters, teenagers at the time, witnessed the killing.
Cote-Ferrer barely flinched as the judge handed down his sentence. The Fonseca daughters were overcome with emotion as they exited the courtroom.
"I felt her presence. I feel she would be happy with the judge's decision," said Gigi Fonseca. "You almost feel like you're never going to move forward. Now, I feel like I'm moving forward."
Both Fonseca daughters are new mothers. "I know my Mom would be very happy to see we have kids," said Jennifer Fonseca.
The daughters said they witnessed years of domestic violence leading up to their mother's murder. "If something is going on in your house, don't be scared. Don't be scared to look out for help because someone can help you prevent that from happening," said Jennifer Fonseca.
The Fonsecas said this is the last time they ever intend to see Cote-Ferrer.