Judge sends man behind bars for killing half brother

Testerman in court

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A man who admitted stabbing his half-brother to death on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation is headed behind bars.

Cody Testerman held back tears in Judge William Boller’s courtroom during sentencing as the judge told him he deserved 25 years for killing Jesse Seneca.

Testerman said he knows he is viewed as a monster, but, “I don’t know what more to say other than I’m sorry.”

The victim’s family came to court to ask, “Why?”

Testerman stood silently for a moment and then offered, “I had no friends. I didn’t feel loved by my own family.”

Attorneys say Testerman got caught in a love triangle between another woman, Jasmine Rios, and his half brother, Jesse Seneca.

The victim’s mother Robin Seneca said, “They took our child out of our house and stabbed him 22 times and left him in the backyard, a half mile behind our house.”

Testerman pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 25 years behind bars.

“This little girl got away with her hands slapped, Jasmine Rios, she did all this and she got youth offender status for my kid getting stabbed 22 times,” said Seneca.

Two years later, this family is still dealing with broken hearts and fresh pain.

“There’s no justice. We’re grieving and we lost someone dear and precious and loved and treasured,” Seneca said.

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