A man who murdered a 22-year-old woman in the presence of his four young kids has been sentenced to 20 years in jail.
Alwasi Tyson, 37, fatally stabbed Toni Alea Cox in May 2016 after he found her in bed with his ex-wife inside an apartment on Clarkson Ave. near Bedford Ave. in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn.
The man’s children — then aged 16, 13, 12 and 11 — watched as he hit and kicked Cox, then fatally stabbed her in the chest, according to a criminal complaint.
Over a dozen of Cox’s grief-stricken family members and friends packed a 19th-floor courtroom in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Tuesday for the sentencing, overcome with emotion as a handcuffed Tyson sat with a stoic expression facing the judge.
“I hope that she is the first thing you see when you wake up, and the last thing you see when you go to sleep. I hope that she visits you in your dreams daily, and never lets you forget her,” Cox’s older sister, Ebony, 34, read in her victim impact statement. “I hope that you never get a good night’s rest.”
Derrick Moore, the victim’s father, called his daughter’s killer a “coward” in court, following Tyson’s decision not to address the family and apologize for the pain he has caused.
“I am so disturbed by this. Not a day that goes by I don’t think about my baby girl,” a distraught Moore said. “I hate you, man. I hate you for that.”
The victim’s mother, Keisha Cox, 46, pleaded with Tyson to explain why he took her innocent young daughter’s life.
“I know you would have lost your mind if someone did this to your sister, your mother, or your child,” she said.
Tyson, who admitted to the killing, received 20 years in state prison and five years post-release supervision as part of a plea deal with Brooklyn prosecutors.
“This defendant attacked and stabbed to death an innocent and helpless young woman who had her whole life ahead of her. He also left his children to live with the traumatic memory of his actions. I hope that the victim’s family finds some small solace with his conviction and today’s lengthy prison term,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement.
Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Laura Johnson remarked on the outpouring of grief for young Cox.
“To Ms. Cox’s family: I am so sorry for your loss. It is, as I said, evident how much she was loved — just in the sheer number of you that turned out for the sentencing,” she said.
“Mr. Tyson … I do hope you spend a lot of time thinking about what happened and thinking about Ms. Cox.”