Six years later, he killed Hover, also 23 and living in Manhattan.
Her body was found in Westchester County, not far from her family's estate.
Instead, prosecutor Alex Spiro read a letter on their behalf, the Journal reported.
The Journal reported that many in attendance at Monday's sentencing wore stickers bearing the black-and-white photograph that initially appeared in stories about Crilley's death.
"Cornelia Always in Our Hearts," the stickers read.
On Monday, New York Supreme Court Judge Bonnie Wittner handed down a sentence of 25 years to life in prison, the Wall Street Journal reported."This kind of case is something I've never experienced, hope to never again."As I said, in 30 years I've never had a case like this," she said.Alcala raped and strangled Crilley, a 23-year-old TWA flight attendant, inside her Upper East Side apartment in 1971.California serial killer Rodney Alcala was sentenced to additional prison time in New York for the murders of two more women, a case that brought a veteran judge to tears during the hearing.
Alcala, who is already on death row in California for the murders of four women and a girl, pleaded guilty in December to the 1971 murder of Cornelia Crilley and the 1977 murder of Ellen Hover, both in New York.