Murderer flips off cameraman during sentencing

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by Crystal Cruz

azfamily.com

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 9 at 6:33 PM

PHOENIX -- Pearl Sendrow, 88, was hoping her husband would be all right nearly two years ago as she sat in a car outside of Chase Bank in Phoenix, terrified.

But Seymour Sendrow, 90, was far from fine.

"I know he would have been thrilled to hold both of those children and play with them. He's lost that," said Sendrow’s son, William Sendrow.

In court Wednesday, William told the judge his father wasn't ready to die.

Seymour served in WWII, married his wife in the 1940s and all these years later, was still enjoying life.

"Even though he was 90 when he was murdered, he was a very vigorous man for a 90-year-old," William said. "He was still driving a car. His mind was very clear,” said William.

Surveillance video showed the Sendrows stepping out of the bank in Phoenix in December 2010. Seymour was carrying more than $22,000 for Christmas gifts for their caretakers. That's when Eduardo Pimentel admitted to robbing the couple.

The 90-year-old man fell down, hit his head, broke a hip and later died.

"Our parents and the rest of our family will wait for you as long as it takes," said Pimentel's brother, Alejandro, in court. "Always remember that your family loves you."

Alejandro asked the judge for mercy. Alejandro said his brother isn't a bad person. The judge sentenced Eduardo to 22 years in prison.

"Please forgive me for I regret every moment of that day," said Attorney Dave Rothchild as he read from a letter written to the victim's family from Eduardo. Pearl died eight days after her husband's death, from what many say was a broken heart.

Eduardo said he plans on leaving prison a better man then he walked out of court and flipped off our cameraman.

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