THE BRONX - A former NYPD officer received the maximum penalty of 25 years to life in prison today for killing his wife.

Eddy Coello was found guilty of second-degree murder last month for strangling his wife, Tina Adovasio, and dumping her body in Yorktown Heights in Westchester. Before the judge handed the sentence down, Adovasio's sister-in-law, mother and co-worker gave statements, calling Coello a monster who abused Adovasio repeatedly. They also thanked the jury for finding him guilty.

Coello also spoke, apologizing for killing Adovasio, who he says he loved and still misses.

Eddy Coello found guilty of second-degree murder