Angela Pollina, 45, was sentenced last week to 25 years to life in prison for her role in the murder of Thomas Valva, an eight-year-old boy who froze to death in his father's garage. The sentencing took place at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility on Wednesday and included four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Thomas' father, Michael Valva, a former NYPD officer, was also convicted of second-degree murder and four counts related to the case. Both Pollina and Valva pleaded not guilty but were ultimately sentenced after being found guilty by a jury. In November, Michael Valva received his conviction on all four counts brought against him.
During the trial proceedings, Assistant District Attorney Kerriann Kelly from Suffolk County District Attorney's Office recommended that both defendants serve sentences totaling up to 35 years behind bars. Despite these recommendations from ADA Kelly, both Pollina and Michael Valva will now face life imprisonment with no chance for parole due as they each received consecutive sentence terms.
In addition to her involvement with this tragic case involving young Thomas Valva’s death under cruel circumstances at home—frozen while locked inside his own father’s garage overnight—Angela Pollina has garnered attention through her philanthropic efforts directed toward food insecurity within Long Island communities.
Pollina reportedly reached out recently asking gourmet chocolatiers if they would be willing donate excess chocolate products towards local organizations providing assistance those facing hunger issues or lacking access nutritious meals throughout region where she lived before incarceration; Patch PM shared news this along several other must-read updates their network readers earlier today online as well print editions newspapers across area served by its coverage teams daily basis – giving subscribers insight into more than just criminal trials taking place nearby towns cities alike every day since inception publication over decade ago now having become staple source reliable information many residents rely upon staying informed about all aspects life around them including events such those organized support causes like one Pollina herself had been working raise awareness resources towards prior arrest trial sentencing which ultimately led current situation being transferred Bedford Hills Correctional Facility last week begin serving her time prison term handed down judge following jury's verdict finding guilty role played causing tragic untimely death innocent young child.
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