LYONS — A Waterloo man may spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing his former girlfriend in Sodus nearly two years ago.
Wayne County Judge John Nesbitt sentenced Alvin “Ray” Pinkard Sr., 62, to the maximum sentence of 25 years-to-life in prison Thursday in county court.
In May, Pinkard was convicted of second- degree murder in the October 2016 slaying of Josephine “Jo” Chiaverini, 57, at her Joy Road home.
“You have forfeited any right to walk free in society again,” Nesbitt said.
Two of Chiaverini’s sisters spoke at Pinkard’s sentencing.
“Jo-Jo had a very big road out there to face, and you were standing in her way,” Melanie Secor said. “How dare you take away such a precious life? You chose to end a life she worked so hard for.”
Another of Chiaverini’s siblings, Jeannie Pinkard, is married to Ray Pinkard’s brother. She told Nesbitt she saw Ray Pinkard’s rage on many occasions.
“None of us want anything to do with him. He’s a selfish, mean, dangerous person who has caused harm to many people in the past,” Jeannie Pinkard said. “He is a liar and very evil. This was all because of greed, anger and jealousy. Josephine was abused and left to die. This was a cold-blooded murder.”
In a rambling statement, Pinkard maintained his innocence.
“This is a whirlwind. I loved Josephine,” he said. “I’d rather die than kill her. I did not murder Josephine Chiaverini, and that’s it.”
State police found Chiaverini’s body in the fall of 2016 after she did not show up for a scheduled appointment. Troopers said Chiaverini showed signs of trauma to her body and injuries to her neck, and doctors who testified during the trial determined she died from stab wounds to her neck.
Pinkard was arrested about 10 months later, following a lengthy state police investigation. Two people who testified in the trial, Brandon Hanna and Daniel Bebout, told police Pinkard confessed to them while they were incarcerated in the Wayne County Jail in October 2016; Pinkard was jailed at the time on a criminal contempt charge.
Pinkard’s attorney, Joseph Damelio, called it a circumstantial case and said there was no DNA or blood evidence implicating his client. Damelio also said the doctor who performed the autopsy on Chiaverini did not label the death a homicide.
Assistant District Attorney Dave Shaw, who prosecuted the case, said two other doctors ruled it a homicide, noting the doctor who performed the autopsy did not rule out homicide as the cause.
Shaw said the crime was motivated by Pinkard’s anger and desire for money; Chiaverini was giving him cash after he moved out of the home they shared for 10 years. Shaw said Chiaverini agreed to give Pinkard $15,000 in a settlement, but he wanted double that.