LES Girlfriend Killer Sentenced to 25 Years to Life

Raul Barrera admitted to killing his 23-year-old girlfriend in their Lower East Side apartment last year

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012  |  Updated 7:10 AM EDT
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911 Call Played in Murderer's Court Hearing

A judge will decide a convicted killer's sentence after a pre-sentencing hearing in which a neighbor's frantic 911 call was played. John Noel has the story.
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A Manhattan man will spend 25 years to life in prison for killing his girlfriend.     
District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced the sentence for Raul Barrera.

Sarah Coit was killed on April 10, 2011.     

Police broke down the door of their Lower East Side apartment after getting 911 calls about screams.     

Coit was in a pool of blood with about 30 stab wounds on her face and torso. Police say the 23-year-old victim was nearly decapitated. She also had a fractured skull.     

Coit moved to Manhattan from Greenwich, Conn., and worked as a salesperson.

Barrera worked in public relations. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Sept. 24. 

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