Powell to spend life in prison without parole (with photos)

By Haley Burton
By Jillian Marshall

September 3, 2014 Updated Sep 3, 2014 at 7:13 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A judge sentenced Aaron Powell, 40, to spend the rest of his life in prison for the deaths of his estranged wife and her friend.

Powell was sentenced Wednesday morning in Broome County Court by Judge Joseph Cawley (R).

For the first time since his arraignment, Powell faced a court room full of his victims' families and friends, and heard their cheers as Cawley announced that he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

"I think families don't get over crimes like this, but at least I hope they feel a sense that the system did all it could. And that's really, that's the best we could do," said Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen (D).

Powell stood in front of a room packed with Mario Masciarelli's and Christina Powell's families, who were holding tissues and crying.

In July, a jury in Broome County found Powell guilty on two counts of second degree murder and one count of first degree murder.

He was sentenced to 25 years to life for each second degree murder charge and life without parole for the first degree murder charge.

Aaron Powell was convicted of the death of his estranged wife, Christina Powell, and her friend, Masciarelli. The two were found dead in Christina Powell's home in the town of Binghamton in March 2013.

As Judge Cawley delivered the sentencing, he told Powell he was "a cold blooded killer" and hopes he has no peace for the rest of his life.

"Mr. Powell, during your term of incarceration I hope, I truly hope, that your heart and your soul - if you still have one - are tormented each and every day," Cawley said in court.

In the hour-long sentencing, members from Christina's and Masciarelli's families gave victim's impact statements.

Christina's cousin Lindsay Rogers spoke of the victim's big and beautiful smile, the love she had for her family, and salads with Italian dressing. Christina's family also said she will be missed everyday.

"Aaron does not deserve to see the day of light again for taking two lives unmercifully, for no reason," said Christina's uncle Ron Rogers.

Masciarelli's mother, Mirella, cried while giving the statement about her only child.

For nearly 30 minutes, Mirella spoke of her son's love of motocross racing, and that he was optimistic and full of life. She laughed while talking about Masciarelli's obsession with his teeth.

Mirella recalled the day her son's body was found and said the grieving process has been a bad dream she cannot wake up from.

Closing her statement, she said, "Aaron Powell took my son's life and my family is broken forever."

"We can now begin the healing process," Rogers said.

Powell was not present during the trial, but had to appear at sentencing on Wednesday.

His defense attorney, Tom Cline, spoke on his behalf, saying Powell maintains his innocence, and that he was consistently unhappy with his defense.

Christina and Aaron had a son together, 6-year-old Sergio. Rogers said Sergio is currently being taken care of by Christina's mother.

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