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A Harlem man convicted of the horrific murder of his girlfriend’s 6-year-old son was hit with the maximum prison term on Monday after claiming to the court that he “loved” the boy.
Rysheim Smith, 42, was sentenced to 25 years to life in the 2016 death of Zymere Perkins in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Smith was convicted of murder and manslaughter charges in the case in January after what Judge Ruth Pickholtz described as a “long and difficult” trial that included horrific photos of the youngster’s injuries.
“Despite how the prosecution has spoken about me, I loved Zymere Perkins,” Smith said in court. “I put emphasis on that.”
“I do accept responsibility for him being in a toxic environment,” he said. “I don’t have the financial means to take him out of it, though I was starting to.”
Zymere died Sept. 26, 2016, after what prosecutors described as months of abuse by Smith and the boy’s mother — including beatings with a broomstick.
Zymere’s mother, Geraldine Perkins, also reported seeing Smith punch her son in the ribs and stomach — and admitted she also beat him.
She received a plea deal to testify at the trial in exchange for a 2-to-6-year sentence.
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