Mother sobs in court as her son’s killer is jailed for life for beheading his classmate and stabbing him 76 times in a jealous rage
Mathew Borges, 18, was sentenced to 30 years for first-degree murder with premeditation and extreme cruelty and atrocity Tuesday
He’ll serve sentences consecutively and could be eligible for parole in 30 years
In November 2016 he stabbed 16-year-old Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino 76 times, cut his hands off, beheaded him and dumped him in the Merrimack River
Victim’s mother Katiuska Paulino said in Salem Superior Court court: ‘With him gone we feel like we can’t breathe. He was our oxygen’
Judge said: ‘There is no sentence I can impose that will bring back Lee Paulino’
Borges’ attorney said: ‘There is hope for his redemption. He can change his life’
Katiuska Paulino [left], the mother of Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino, delivered a victim’s impact statement at Salem Superior Court on Tuesday at the sentencing of her son’s killer. She said: ‘With him gone we feel like we can’t breathe’
‘We are like the living dead after he was ripped from our side. No more dreams for the dreamer, the writer, the poet.’
Paulino wore a black shirt with his image on the front for the sentencing appearance. The victim’s family had done the same during the 10-day trial that was followed by two days of deliberation by the jury.
In video footage from CBS Boston she said her son as ‘sincere, loving, responsible’ and ‘charismatic’. She said Borges deserves to be ‘incarcerated for the rest of his life’ so he can ‘never kill again’.
‘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,’ Paulino cried. ‘Why would someone plan to commit such a horrible crime to such a wonderful person?’
‘With the assassination of Lee Manuel we were also assassinated’: The victim’s mother Paulino who wore a black shirt with his image on the front for the sentencing appearance, said:
The judge called the sentence for Borges murdering his Lawrence High School classmate ‘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,’ Kazanjian said Tuesday.
Under Massachusetts law, a first-degree murder conviction carries a life sentence without the possibility of parole for adults. But parole eligibility must be added if the crime was committed as a juvenile.
Borges will serve his two sentences consecutively and could be eligible for parole in 30 years. Edward Hayden, Borges’ attorney, said that his client – who also cut off the victim’s hands – should receive the possibility of parole after 25 years.