Man sentenced to prison for killing girlfriend

 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A local father was sentenced to prison Friday for beating his girlfriend into a coma in their Woonsocket apartment, leading to her death.

Emmanuel Algaria, 23, pleaded no contest to manslaughter in the death of 24-year-old Catherine Salvi. He was sentenced to 30 years behind bars, with 18 to serve.

A grand jury indicted Algaria last year for domestic murder, but he agreed to plea to the lesser charge.

Prosecutors said Salvi suffered a head injury and slipped into a coma after Algaria beat her in late 2013. She died weeks later.

Catherine Salvi
Catherine Salvi

Algaria gave a tearful statement in court Friday.

“I think it was all just show, because Manny’s not the kind of person who says he’s sorry. Who’s apologetic. He was always full of himself,” the victim’s mother, Mary Salvi, said outside court.

The couple had a son together, who turns 4 years old next week. According to Salvi, the boy, named Davion, lives with her and her husband.

“He’s getting better. He’s with me and my husband. And he has a happy home. He misses his mother. But he really didn’t have interaction with his father — even in the beginning. His father considered it a job to be around his child,” she told Eyewitness News.

Salvi said Catherine’s ashes were placed inside a doll along with a recording of her voice. She said she sees Catherine in Davion every day.

“Her son reminds me of her every day. And we have her ashes at home in a teddy bear. And we get by the way we can,” she said.

Algaria is barred from seeing his son until he turns 18 years old. At that point, it will be exclusively up to the boy whether he wants any sort of relationship with his father.

Catherine’s mom had a message for other abused women: “Don’t think it’s going to get better because it doesn’t. My daughter waited and I didn’t know it. And the last punch is what did it,” she said.

Annie Shalvey contributed to this report.

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