Thomas Menino Suggests 'Torture' For Slay Suspects

11/23/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

BOSTON — Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has reacted angrily to the robbing and killing a pizza delivery driver, telling a group of college students he would "slowly torture" the three suspects.

The Boston Globe reports that Menino was talking to Emerson College students last week when he was asked about the death penalty for the suspects in the Sept. 2 stabbing death of 58-year-old Richel Nova.

According to a student recording, the Democratic mayor first explained why he thought the death penalty was unfair, before saying he would like to fight the suspects in a dark alley. He then said he would give them something "worse than the death penalty," and torture them.

Nova's two daughters once worked in the mayor's office.

Menino tells WBZ-AM that he regrets his comments and let his emotions get the best of him.