A Massachusetts teen who was convicted for beheading his classmate almost three years ago is sentenced to serve life in prison.
CNN reports Matthew Borges,18, was sentenced to serve two consecutive life sentences for beheading his classmate, 16-year-old Lee Manuel Villoria-Paulino. Judge Helene Kazanjian sentenced the teen early Tuesday morning and called her decision “appropriate.”
“There is no sentence I can impose that will bring back Lee Paulino, or that will answer the questions that we all have about how this happened, and how a 15-year-old boy could kill a friend in this manner,”
Borges was 15-years-old when he committed the gruesome murder and showed no emotion during his sentencing. The decision came after the victim’s mother read her remarks inside the courtroom.
“Every day we struggle with the fact that his life was cut too short. We drove ourselves crazy trying to make sense of what had been done.”
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Two months ago, a jury found Borges guilty of first-degree murder for the killing of Paulino in 2016. Paulino was killed on December 2016 and his body was found on the bank of the Merrimack River decapitated and his hands were chopped off. Borges murdered Paulino because he was spending time with his girlfriend and convinced other teens to rob his house during the killing.
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