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Angela Pollina given 25 years to life for the murder of Thomas Valva on Long Island

This Jan. 24, 2020 photo provided by the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office, shows Angela Pollina who is charged, along with her fiancé, Michael Valva, with second-degree murder in the death of 8-year-old Thomas Valva in Center Moriches, N.Y. It is alleged that the boy was forced to sleep in an unheated garage at the couple's home as temperatures dropped to under 20 degrees. (Suffolk County Sheriff via AP)
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Angela Pollina is sentenced to 25 years to life for the murder of Thomas Valva

A Suffolk County judge has sentenced Angela Pollina to 25 years to life for the murder of 8-year-old Center Moriches boy, Thomas Valva.

Thomas froze to death in January 2020 after Pollina forced him to spend the night in an unheated garage as a form of punishment. It was 19 degrees that night.

At the time, Pollina was engaged to the boy’s father, Micheal Valva, who will also serve the maximum sentence for second-degree murder.

At Pollina’s sentencing on Tuesday, Suffolk Supreme Court Judge Timothy Mazzei said his "only regret" was that Pollina won’t be spending the rest of her life in an unheated garage.

Pollina is also being charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child for her abuse of Thomas and his older brother Anthony, who also slept in the garage that night.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.