Three decades ago a 17-year-old girl died after being thrown off the roof of a five-story New York City building, the monster who pushed her is finally facing justice.
Scott Parrilla was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the August 1989 killing of Noelis Bayanilla, Bronx District Attorney’s Office announced. The 48-year-old was not in court for the sentencing, where Bayanilla’s mother Joann Estanislau Caliz said the now-convicted killer deserved to “rot in jail,”
“I cannot put into words what you did to my only child,” Estanislau-Caliz said in a victim impact statement.
“.On August 6, 1989, you cut off her life and you cut out my heart that day. What you did I will never understand. The pain you afflicted on her, my family and me is a scar that will never heal.”
Investigators say that at about 5 a.m. that day, 19-year-old Parrilla and Bayanilla went up to the roof of a five-story Morris Avenue apartment building.
The pair began to argue when the teen refused to have sex with Parrilla and he grabbed her and pushed her off the roof, investigators said.
“It sounded like a refrigerator falling to the ground,” a tenant of the building told The Post in 2016 when Parrilla was arrested.
“I looked out the window and saw her there. She was calling, ‘Mommy! Mommy! She had internal bleeding for two days and then she died,” the 43-year-old woman recalled.
The teen had dreamed of becoming an architect and one day starting a family, her mother said.
Members of the Bronx Homicide Squad re-opened the cold case in 2015 when a dear friend of Bayanilla called for an update.
Investigators were able to match the DNA found underneath Bayanilla’s fingernails with that of Parrilla’s. Detectives also gathered more evidence from witnesses who placed the pair together on the day of the murder.
Parrilla was arrested on March 14, 2016, as he was leaving Rikers Island on larceny charges. He’s also served time for rape and other crimes, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office said.
In a written affidavit submitted through his lawyer Larry Sheehan, Parrilla said he was innocent and claimed the judge made errors in his pretrial rulings.
In court, Sheehan said his client “suffered from substance abuse all his life” and has Post-traumatic stress disorder and is suicidal.