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Teen Convicted In Decapitation Killing Gets Life In Prison

Mathew Borges, then 15, during his 2016 arraignment in Lawrence District Court (Paul Bilodeau/The Eagle-Tribune via AP, Pool)
Mathew Borges, then 15, during his 2016 arraignment in Lawrence District Court (Paul Bilodeau/The Eagle-Tribune via AP, Pool)

A Massachusetts teenager convicted of fatally stabbing and then decapitating a high school classmate has been sentenced to life in prison.

Mathew Borges, 18, of Lawrence, will be eligible for parole in 30 years under the maximum allowable sentence handed down on Tuesday by Superior Court Judge Helene Kanzajian.

A jury convicted Borges in May of first-degree murder in the November 2016 killing of 16-year-old Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino. Viloria-Paulino's decapitated body and head were found along the banks of a river by a dog walker.

Prosecutors say Borges was jealous the victim had spent time with a girl he liked.

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.

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