BOSTON — A Boston man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in the 2011 fatal stabbing of a mental health counselor at the Revere group home where he lived.
On their second day of deliberations, jurors on Monday returned a guilty verdict for 30-year-old Deshawn James Chappell in the Jan. 20, 2011, slaying of 25-year-old Stephanie Moulton.
A judge then gave him the mandatory sentence.
Prosecutors said Chappell stabbed Moulton in the throat, stole her car and dumped her body at a church parking lot in Lynn.
His defense attorney said Chappell has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and had episodes of major mental illness.
Moulton’s killing prompted a review of safety precautions by state mental health officials.
According to witnesses, Chappell and Moulton were alone at the Revere group home at the time of her slaying.
With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom