Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a Camden was sentenced Thursday to 110 years in prison for murdering a 6-year-old boy and assaulting the child’s 12-year-old sister.
Osvaldo Rivera, M/33, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Michele Fox to life in prison (75 years) for Murder. He also received consecutive terms of 18 years of incarceration for Attempted Murder and 17 years of incarceration for Aggravated Sexual Assault. He is required to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence, meaning he will not be eligible for parole for more than 91 years.
In addition to those charges, a jury found Rivera guilty in July of one count each of Felony Murder – Burglary, Felony Murder – Aggravated Sexual Assault, Burglary and Terroristic Threats. He also was convicted of two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and two weapons offenses.
During the trial, Assistant Prosecutor Christine Shah presented evidence proving Rivera entered the victims’ home on the 900 block of Ware Street in Camden before 2:30 a.m. September 2, 2012, and assaulted a 12-year-old girl living there. Rivera was armed with a knife and cut the girl. The victim suffered multiple stab wounds, including deep gashes across her throat.
During the assault, the girl’s 6-year-old brother, Dominick Andujar, came out of a bedroom to protect his sister. This enabled the girl to flee, but Rivera fatally stabbed the boy.
The girl ran to a neighbor’s home where she received help. One of the neighbors ran back to the victims’ home despite being uncertain whether the killer was still inside in order to retrieve another one of the victims’ siblings. The children’s mother was at the hospital at the time of the attack.
Testimony during the trial included a detailed account of the attack from the 12-year-old victim, who still bears scars from the wounds she received.
“The police work conducted by the multiple law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation was unrelenting and precise,” Shah said Thursday following the sentencing hearing. “That impeccable investigation, coupled with an incredibly strong and courageous family of victim-survivors, permitted us to bring this case to trial. Osvaldo Rivera is a violent and dangerous pedophile; he received the sentence he deserved.”
The female victim, now 14, was one of many family members who addressed the court at the sentencing hearing.
“Even though he took a part of me away, I’m still strong and a survivor,” the female victim said. “In the end of this, you did not win. We won because I made it. You thought that you were going to kill me that night and get away with murder. But I was stronger than you. I want you to always remember that Dominick and I are the ones that sent you to jail for the rest of your life.”
Rivera also faces charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child for a separate August 2012 assault on a 2-year-old Camden boy. That case is pending.
“The defendant is the personification of cowardice and evil as he viciously victimized innocent children,” Chief Thomson said. “There is no sentence or punishment harsh enough for this amoral individual. His name isn’t worthy of mention. The name that people should remember is that of Dominick Andujar, the 6-year-old murder victim who saved his 12-year-old sister’s life through one of the most heroic acts of self-sacrifice that I have ever known.”
“Dominick will always be remembered as Camden’s littlest hero,” Chief Thomson added.
Released Thursday, December 4, 2014.