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Bronx man who dismembered his mother, took selfie with head gets 25 years in prison

Posted at 5:02 PM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-05 21:45:48-05

MORRISANIA, The Bronx — A Bronx man charged with killing and dismembering his mother and dumping her body parts in the trash has been sentenced to 25 years-to-life in prison.

Bahsid McLean, 26, was sentenced on Monday after being convicted of murder and unlawful dissection of a body in the death of Tanya Byrd, a 45-year-old home health aide.

Authorities say McLean, who was arrested 21 times before his mother’s death, stabbed his mother in her Morrisania apartment in February, 2013.

They say he took a “selfie” photograph with her severed head. He then discarded her remains in garbage bags inside suitcases.

A dog walker discovered one of Byrd’s legs in a pile of trash, police said. Her other body parts were all found within a half mile of McLean’s apartment. Police also found a saw in McLean’s apartment.

During his arraignment, McLean’s lawyer said his client was innocent and that he had been off his medication.