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Killer gets life sentence for 1990 slaying
(Globe staff photo/John Tlumacki)
Kurvin Richardson, before Friday's guilty verdict.
By John R. Ellement, Globe Staff
A Boston man today was sentenced to life imprisonment for the 1990 murder of Noemi Roman, a single mother whose only child was found next to his motherís bloody corpse in her Boston apartment.
The son, Sergio Roman, who is now 20 years old, did not address Kurvin Richardson, who was convicted of first degree murder by a Suffolk Superior Court jury last Friday.
He said afterward that he wasnít sure if he could control his emotions if he took the stand, but added that he was relieved his motherís killer has been brought to justice.
However, he also said that while his mother now has justice, he remains a motherless child.
ďJust because we have justice, the fact is that I still donít have a mother,íí he said.
Three of the slain womanís sisters did speak in court but focused their words on celebrating their sibling, not in denouncing Richardson. One of the sisters, Norma Alvira, described her younger sister as a passionate advocate of victims of domestic violence and a woman deeply opposed to abortion. Noemi Roman was 18 years old when she was killed.
ďShe was flying high but someone took it upon himself to play God and clip her wings,íí said Alvira, who also said that her younger sister was planning to become a paralegal to fight on behalf of victims of domestic violence.
Alvira said that shortly before Roman was murdered on May 31, 1990, a girlfriend had confided to her that she was pregnant and seeking an abortion. Roman had urged her to carry the child.
Seven months after Roman died, the woman knocked on the door of Romanís parents' home and showed them the baby boy she had carried to term out of respect for Roman, who was a single mother but still managed to attend college full-time and hold a part-time job.
The women did not directly address Richardson, who showed no emotions and did not take the opportunity to address Superior Court Judge Judith Fabricant, Romanís relatives, or the handful of his supporters who stayed quietly in the rear of the packed courtroom.
Richardson was dating one of Romanís sisters, and Noemi Roman was critical of the relationship, according to relatives. Suffolk County prosecutors and Boston police said it is not known why Richardson beat and stabbed Roman to death, but they said the DNA of traces of skin found underneath Romanís fingernails matched Richardsonís genetic profile.
After hearing from Romanís relatives, Fabricant sentenced Richardson to the mandatory life imprisonment without parole. His conviction will automatically be reviewed by the Supreme Judicial Court.