Dad admits to killing daughter, sentenced to life in prison

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(WPRI) — A man was sentenced to life in prison Friday after pleading guilty to the murder of his own daughter.

According to Bristol County DA Thomas Quinn III, Walter DaSilva admitted in court to shooting and killing 19-year-old Sabrina DaSilva in New Bedford back in July 2016.

Prosecutors claimed Silva pulled the trigger because he was upset with his daughter for being in a relationship with an older man.

“It’s really almost unimaginable that he killed his own daughter because he was angry with her for disrespecting him,” Quinn said Friday.

DaSilva, 47, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and as part of the plea agreement, he will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years.

DaSilva also pleaded guilty Friday to illegally carrying a firearm and possessing a loaded firearm, Quinn said. For the carrying charge he was sentenced to three years, which will be served prior to the life sentence, and for the possession charge he received a two-year sentence, which will be served concurrently with the life term.

“It gives the family some comfort, some closure,” Quinn added. “Not total. It’s legal closure. They don’t have to worry about any of the court proceedings, and he’s going to be in jail very likely for the rest of his life.”

Quinn said DaSilva had illegally reentered the country before killing Sabrina. He was previously deported to Brazil after serving time for trying to kill his wife.

Sabrina left behind a daughter of her own who, according to Quinn, is now 4 years old.

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