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Castration killer Renato Seabra gets maximum sentence

Underwear model Renato Seabra was convicted of killing, then castrating his lover in a hotel room.

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A prosecution psychiatrist says 22-year-old Portuguese model Renato Seabra, seen here in an image taken from Portuguese television and posted to YouTube, would have known the difference between right and wrong at the time he allegedly tortured and murdered the journalist Carlos Castro. (YouTube)

A 23-year-old Portuguese underwear model gets the maximum sentence for killing and then castrating his lover in 2011.

Renato Seabra was sentenced Friday to 25 years to life in prison for the grisly murder of TV personality Carlos Castro in a New York City hotel room, The Associated Press reported.

He had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but a psychatrist for the prosecution testified during trial that Seabra would have known right from wrong at the time of the killing.

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A jury convicted him of the charges last month, according to the New York Times.

Prosecutors said Seabra and Castro were a couple, and that Seabra was angry that the older man had ended their relationship, the New York Post reported.

Before his sentencing, Seabra asked for forgiveness from Castro's family and spoke through an interpreter about the day of the killing.

"At the moment I went into the room that day, something took power over me," the AP quoted him as saying. "We used to fight each other but always playfully. I was never aggressive before. I never had any fight with Carlos. On that day, I don't know what took over me."

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