A 20-year-old new York man who killed and set on fire a 14-year-old girl who refused his demand to have an abortion has been convicted for his crimes and is headed to prison for 29 years to life.
Christian Ferdinand, 20, admitted to killing Shaniesha Forbes and he was charged with homicide by asphyxiation.
After killing her, Ferdinand took Forbes’ naked body to the beach and set it on fire. But the teen wasn’t pregnant, the city’s medical examiner confirmed, leaving her shattered family members railing against the “senseless” crime.
After confessing to killing Shaniesha Forbes (right) in January 2013, Christian Ferdinand, 22, asked cops, “Do you think I can get some kind of community service?” according to documents obtained by The Post. News reports indicate he’s going to get much more than that.
Christian Ferdinand, 22, who fancies himself as a lady-killer of a different kind, insisted he is innocent in the January 2013 slaying of Shaniesha Forbes, who he had hooked up with through Facebook.
After telling Ferdinand that she was pregnant and would not get an abortion, he smothered the teen with a pillow, sprayed the corpse with Axe body spray and ignited it.
Then he stuffed Shaniesha inside a suitcase and tossed it into Gerritsen Creek. Several days later she washed up on the beach.
An autopsy determined the victim was not pregnant.
Ferdinand (below right) is also denying his crime.
“I never put a hand on a female in an inappropriate manner,” he told Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog.
“I would never kill someone over an abortion,” Ferdinand continued. “There’s no reason to take someone’s life just because they said they was pregnant. These are all false things.”
Forbes’ cousin Kerri-Ann Thomas read a blistering statement in court on behalf of her grieving family.
She said Shaniesha was known as “Mimi” and they would never see her wear a Sweet 16 dress or go to college.
“He (Ferdinand) was 20 years old, the age most people consider to be a man but it’s obvious he is no such thing,” Thomas said. “What was he doing with a little girl, a baby, a child?
“He talked about his eyes and how he had a hard time keeping girls off him. I hope that works well for him in prison.”
Despite Ferdinand’s pregnancy claims, the city’s medical examiner noted Forbes wasn’t pregnant at the time of her death. His alleged words and the official findings set off Forbes’ cousin.
“You had the courage and the balls to kill her but you couldn’t go to the pharmacy to buy a pregnancy test to find out if it was true?” Kerri Ann Thomas said in Brooklyn Federal Court during the trial. “That makes no sense.”
Forbes’ body was found naked and charred on Gerritsen Beach Jan. 6. She had run away from home earlier that month, saying she was going to school. Ferdinand smothered her to death in his cousin’s Nostrand Avenue apartment after she decided against abortion, officials claim.
He then kept Forbes’ body in a suitcase for two days before dumping it at the beach. Ferdinand tried setting the body ablaze, but the fire extinguished before he could do so. The New York medical examiner ruled Shaniesha’s death homicide by asphyxiation in April after the office found that her “lungs did not contain soot, proving that she was killed before being burned on her legs, arms and hands.”