A man who slayed a Staten Island mother and her 21-year-old son then led cops on an interstate chase before he was arrested in a Pennsylvania shootout will live out the rest of his days behind bars, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Richmond County prosecutors sentenced Anthony Morales, 51, for the murders of Anthony Rivera, 21, and his mother, Idelle Rivera, 47, whom he ambushed while the younger Rivera and a friend worked on a car outside the Mariners Harbor Houses on Roxbury St. in March of 2016.
Morales pled guilty to the murder of Rivera and her son and the attempted murder of Jose Ramirez, 24, who he shot nine times during the March 24 shooting, prosecutors said.
“Gun violence has no place on our streets and today’s sentence of 40 years to life will ensure that this defendant is put behind bars for decades to come and no longer permitted to carry out such appalling acts of violence in our community,” said District Attorney Michael E. McMahon.
Morales and the two young men had an argument over money prior to the shooting, police sources said.
Authorities tracked Morales’ phone and caught him sleeping in his car alongside a road in the Appalachian mountains of Pennsylvania three days after the kilings, sources said.
When NYPD detectives and federal marshalls ordered Morales to put his hands up, he refused, former NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.
Instead, Morales made a sign of the cross, reached into his waistband and pulled a gun, sources said. Officers opened fire, hitting Morales 10 times.