Sentencing For Teen In Mass. School Stabbing

A Massachusetts judge is scheduled to formally sentence a teenager who has been convicted of first-degree murder for fatally stabbing another student at a suburban Boston high school.

Middlesex Superior Court Judge Jane Haggerty is expected to sentence John Odgren on Friday to a mandatory life sentence with no possibility for parole.

A jury convicted Odgren on Thursday, rejecting a defense assertion that the then 16-year-old was legally insane when he stabbed 15-year-old James Alenson in a boys' bathroom at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School on Jan. 19, 2007.

Odgren's lawyers said he had a long history of emotional problems and disorders, including Asperger's syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression.

But prosecutors depicted Odgren as a calculating killer who brought a carving knife to school, then picked a victim at random.

Defense lawyers plan to appeal.

This program aired on April 30, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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