Daily News reports:
A schizophrenic South Bronx man who killed his mother and took a selfie with her severed head was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison moments after family members lovingly remembered the family matriarch Monday.
Bahsid McLean, 26, was found guilty of fatally stabbing Tanya Byrd, 52, on Feb. 25, 2013 after a nearly month-long trial.
McLean took a photo with her chopped off head and then scattered her body parts in garbage cans around the Morrisania neighborhood after he told a friend he wanted to take out the trash, according to testimony at the trial.
“This is a man who just committed one of the most callous homicides I’ve ever been a part of in my career,” said assistant district attorney Aaron Kaplan, who successfully urged Bronx Criminal Court Judge Jeanette Rodriguez-Morick to give McLean the maximum sentence.
McLean used a newly purchased 2-foot Black and Decker jigsaw to carve up the corpse inside the apartment he shared with Byrd, witnesses testified.
On Monday, McLean initially declined to come out of a holding pen in the courthouse for the morning hearing.
His lawyer, Lynn Calvacca, convinced him to attend, and begged the judge for mercy.
She said her client suffers from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and a personality disorder.
“Corrections in no way has the ability to help McLean,” she told the judge.
The hearing began with three family members reading “impact statements” to the court.
“Today is one of the hardest days I have to face, the sentencing of my very own brother,” said McLean’s sister, Porsche Lovett, as she tried to hold back tears.
Lovett acknowledged how her mother struggled as a young parent, but described how she tried to better herself and be there for her kids, including their 10-year old brother, Nasyr, as she grew up.
“She did everything she could to make up for those lost times,” she said. “You were a momma’s boy, the same love you saw her give our baby brother Nasyr was the love she gave you. You were her favorite.”
“Why did you take away my mommy?,” she asked. “Why did you take away Nasyr’s mommy?”
The victim’s sister, Cassandra McLean-Smith, 53, said she never wants to see her nephew again.
“Today, my siblings, Nasyr and I say goodbye knowing this will be the last time we will ever see you and the last time you will see the family who loved you unconditionally,” said McLean-Smith who uses a wheelchair.
She now cares for Nasyr, who has Down Syndrome.
“Bahsid, if ever in your heart you need to say anything in regards to your actions, please know, the door is open, and yes, we forgive you, but we will never forget what you so callously took from us,” she added.
McLean’s grandfather also held back tears as he read his short statement.
“Who told you that (you decide) who lives or dies? What you did you have taken from me and my family,” James McLean, 75, said.
“She loved you very much, didn’t deserve to die that way,” he added. “I love you — I was the one to teach you to walk. You broke my heart. God is forgiven, and so am I. But I will never forget what you have done.”
“This is the last time you will see me and I you. Pop, your grandfather,” he concluded.
Afterwards, McLean’s lawyer called out his family for not being there for him when he was growing up.
“With all due respect, I’d like to know, where were you?” Calvacca said of the family, citing “thousands” of documents she said would support her claim they did not support McLean as a child who suffered from mental illness.
Before the judge issued the sentence, McLean issued a brief apology and noted that he struggles to sleep at night due to memories of the crime.
“What I did to my mother was uncalled for,” he said. “I live with that. Whatever sentence y’all give me doesn’t matter — it was something that happened. I did it.”
“I apologize,” he added.