44-year-old Keith Floyd has been sentenced to serve out 27 years behind bars after being found guilty of a disturbing murder that occurred in 2017.
According to court records, Keith Floyd was arrested for gun possession in 2017, which led to a spiral in his life. Floyd was formerly working as a superintendent, but he lost his position as a result of his charges. What’s more, he was forced to vacate from the apartment he owned because of losing his position in the company.
Before Floyd’s eviction, he contacted the victim, 41-year-old Daniel Rivera about the situation. Rivera was set to replace Floyd as superintendent and acquire Floyd’s apartment.
It remains unclear what type of communication or conversations ensued between the two men, but court records reveal that Floyd was repeatedly calling and texting the victim for at least seven hours before he left his apartment and headed towards Rivera’s location. It’s very likely that Floyd was desperately attempting to stop the upcoming eviction. Upon finding Rivera, Floyd strangled him to death.
From there, Floyd used Rivera’s phone to fake a resignation text message to Rivera’s boss. Floyd enlisted the help of his sister, 41-year-old Adrianna Floyd, to conceal the body of the deceased victim in trash bags. Then, he brought Rivera’s body to his grandmother’s home where he buried Rivera in the backyard.
Floyd has been convicted of second-degree murder, concealment of a human corpse, and first-degree hindering prosecution. As a result, he was sentenced to serve 27 years behind bars.
Under New York law, second-degree murder could result in a sentence of 12-25 years in prison, but you could also get sentenced to life depending on the circumstances surrounding your charges. Considering that Floyd was also convicted of other crimes, his sentence is fitting and on the lighter side.
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