Man sentenced to 25 years to life for murdering mother

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A West Seneca man who was punished in the brutal killing of his mother, refused to go quietly.

Tears flowed and jaws dropped, including the judge’s, when convicted killer Primitivo Cruz went on a nine minute, often nasty rant, maintaining his innocence and blaming basically everyone but himself.

This photo from a family member shows Cruz, his mother and other family members.
This photo from a family member shows Cruz, his mother and other family members.

“The judge, the assistant district attorney and the West Seneca Police never gave me a chance,” said Cruz.

He went back and forth with Judge Penny Wolfgang as she detailed the crime.

“I didn’t do this, I’m not the monster,” said Cruz.

Cruz got 25 years to life for stabbing and beating his mother, 77-year-old Carol Quinn. Judge Wolfgang said his mother was stabbed in the neck, back and hit 19 times with an object.

The family shared pictures with News 4 of Cruz dancing with his mother at his wedding, playing with his siblings as a young boy, and later his mom at her surprise party. The pain the family feels can’t even be put into words.

Cruz’s brother David Quinn said, “Her blue eyes, her smile are gone forever. And it’s because of this man, this man standing to my left.”

Cruz said, “I’m very sorry this happened, but I’m not the monster that did this. This is still like I’m in a coma, I’m not out of my coma yet.”

Cruz said he will appeal on Wednesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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