By Naeisha Rose
Trevis Hall, a boxer and a 2009 Golden Gloves winner from Far Rockaway, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after being convicted in July of bludgeoning and stabbing his ex-girlfriend Margarita Rivera to death, according to Queens DA Richard Brown.
“Breaking up with someone should not equal a death sentence, but in a violent rage this defendant carried out a brutal execution of his former lover,” Brown said.
Prior to being sentenced Sept. 7, Hall was found guilty of three counts of murder and criminal possession of a weapon at Queens Supreme Court in a jury trial presided over by Judge Barry Schwartz.
On Dec. 1, 2014, Hall bought a pipe at Home Depot around 1 p.m. and over an hour later he found his former girlfriend on Watson Place in Jamaica, where he struck her repeatedly in the head with it after stabbing her in the chest numerous times with a knife, according to trial records cited by Brown.
Police found Rivera in a pool of her own blood next to the metal pipe and knife, and before she was taken to a hospital she called out “Tre” three times as she bled profusely from her head, according to authorities.
The featherweight boxer was later found 15 minutes away unconscious inside a dumpster after a suicide attempt on 127th Street in Richmond Hill. He was sent by emergency responders to the same hospital where Rivera died that day from her injuries, police said.
A Home Depot receipt with the SKU number for the pipe was found in his pocket, and police later observed surveillance footage of Hall purchasing the pipe, according to Brown.
“With a pipe and a knife, the defendant viciously stabbed and beat the 31-year-old victim in the middle of the street,” Brown said. ‘The defendant — a Golden Gloves winner in 2009 — purchased the pipe just 90 minutes before the fatal assault and still had the receipt with the matching SKU number in his pocket when he was apprehended.”
Detectives from the 103rd Precinct conducted the investigation.
“The sentence imposed by the court today is more than warranted,” the district attorney said.
Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by e-mail at nrose