A Bronx man will serve 18 years behind bars for the fatal shooting and stabbing of his cousin almost a decade ago.
Alexander Arriola, 40, killed Brian Arriola in his bedroom July 3, 2011 — as the doomed man’s mother remained outside the family’s Mott Haven home on St. Mary’s St., unaware of the bloody tragedy.
The killer stabbed his 31-year-old cousin in the neck 10 times, shot him in the chest and arm and left the home.
Brian Arriola’s mother found him dead on the floor shortly after.
The victim was studying at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and dreamed of becoming a lawyer, his family told the Daily News in 2011. He worked as a school-bus driver.
Alexander Arriola was found mentally unfit for trial several times over the past decade, but was finally declared fit last April. He pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter last month.
He was sentenced Tuesday in Bronx Supreme Court.
”Almost a decade has passed since he ended his cousin’s life in such a horrifying way, but we never gave up on getting justice for the victim and his family,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said.