The two scumbags who murdered John Laubach -- who was a regular along with his white parrot at my favorite coffee joint on Seventh Avenue in Chelsea -- were both sentenced to 25 to life. But John's still dead and their lives -- and lives of the families of everyone involved -- are shattered. What a waste. How anyone could come to "defend" them is beyond me.
The Daily News reports:
Two male escorts who murdered their regular customer in his Chelsea apartment were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Wednesday after Manhattan judge blasted the pair for their callous crime. Edwin Faulkner and Juan Carlos Martinez-Herrera, 33 and 35, were convicted at trial of tying up, choking and robbing John Laubach, 57, in his own W. 22nd St. apartment on March 2, 2012. At trial, jurors heard that they looted Laubach's home for jewelry and other valuables and sold them at a pawn shop before fleeing to Miami. Justice Bonnie Wittner said that although the drifters had been hired for sex, Laubach made a point of being kind to them. "He let them shower there — he talked to them. He let them leave their clothes there," Wittner said. She rejected the defense claim that Laubach died accidentally during a rough sex session. She also blasted supporters of Faulkner and Martinez-Herrera, who were present at the courthouse and who were thrown out of the courtroom for shouting remarks about Laubach. "For this community to befriend these (men) as so-called victims is quite amazing from me," Wittner said.