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Alberto Reyes, convicted in May 2018 killings, sentenced to 20 years in prison

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In September, Alberto Ebarado Gutierre-Reyes pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree manslaughter in the deaths of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon and her 14 month old son, Owen Hidalgo-Calderon. (WHAM file photo)

Lyons, N.Y. (WHAM) - The man who admitted to manslaughter in the deaths of an 18-year-old woman and her toddler in Sodus in May 2018 was sentenced Thursday.

In September, Alberto Ebarado Gutierre-Reyes pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree manslaughter in the deaths of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon and her 14 month old son, Owen Hidalgo-Calderon.

Gutierre-Reyes was sentenced to 20 years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision on each count. Each sentence will run concurrently, meaning both sentences will be served at the same time, as opposed to back to back or consecutively.

Selena and Owen were declared missing on May 16, 2018. After several days of searching by hundreds of law enforcement officers and volunteers, Selena’s remains were found buried under dirt and branches on the Joy Road farm where she worked in Sodus.

Reyes was arrested on May 24, 2018 - the same day on which Selena's remains were found. He was initially charged with tampering with physical evidence, but was eventually indicted on two counts of second-degree murder in Wayne County Court.

Owen’s remains were located and identified in October.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Reyes acknowledged and admitted that he caused their deaths. He never specified how that happened.

"We really have no direct evidence as to how they were killed. Obviously, their bodies were found sometime later," said Wayne County District Attorney Michael Calarco. "It's very difficult to determine the cause of death and manner of death."

On Thursday, a letter written by Estella Calderon, Selena's mother, was read aloud before the judge sentenced Reyes.

In the letter, Calderon called Reyes a "demon".

"How could you take the life from a girl that was so tender and sweet?" Calderon wrote. "My girl, so full of joy, and her little baby that was just beginning to live life. I know that this demon has no heart, because if this had been done to his family, I can assure that he wouldn't hurt like this."

Reyes has also pleaded guilty to charges in federal court to possession of a counterfeit social security card and alien registration card, and illegal re-entry after deportation. He will be sentenced on that plea in December. Reyes is required to serve both sentences before he is turned over to ICE.

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