Man who admitted raping, killing 11-year-old neighbor sentenced to life

Posted: Updated:
KEANSBURG -

A man who admitted to sexually assaulting and killing his 11-year-old neighbor has been sentenced to life in prison.

Andreas Erazo, 20, pleaded guilty to murder and aggravated sexual assault in February, days before he was to go on trial for the 2017 killing of Abbiegail Smith in Keansburg.

Smith's body was found on a roof near the apartment building where she and Erazo lived. Erazo initially claimed he stabbed the girl because he thought she was an intruder. He later conceded that was false and confessed to raping and killing her. Monmouth County prosecutors called it one of the most disturbing crimes that they have ever encountered.

RELATED: Man admits killing, sexually assaulting 11-year-old neighbor 

Judge David Bauman refuted the defense's argument that Erazo's age and upbringing deserved a lighter sentence.

“Her hands and feet bound by a cord on the roof of a shed directly under the defendant's bedroom, discarded like someone's refuse,” Bauman said.

Smith’s mother Carol Bennet says that Erazo has never once apologized to her or her family. She spoke with the media after the sentencing. She said that not even torture of death will be enough justice for Erazo.

"Only God sees and knows what he did to this innocent 11-year-old child. She didn't deserve this type of death, in fact, no one deserves to die like this,” Bennet said. “I'm just leaving Andreas Erazo in the hands of God because Abbie is now with God, while he surely will be with the devil."

Erazo will not be eligible for parole for 63 years. He will then be 83 years old.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."