A Massachusetts adult was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years after beheading a classmate in a fit of jealousy over a girl in 2016.
Mathew Borges, 18, was discovered guilty of first-diploma homicide in May of 16-year-old Manuel Villoria-Paulino, whose headless body was discovered nearly a month after the brutal killing by a man strolling his dog close to the Merrimack River.
Borges was 15 at the time, attending Lawrence High School the place he and Villoria-Paulino were both sophomores. Borges told police he last noticed his buddy on November 18, 2016, when the two smoked marijuana together.
Around two weeks later, on Dec. 1, Villoria-Paulino’s head turned up near his body along the river. Police mentioned Borges had stabbed Villoria-Paulino to death and decapitated him so he would not be recognizable.
The Essex County District Attorney deemed Borges’ crime among the worst the office has ever prosecuted.
Borges was tried as an adult and given the maximum sentence under the law but was granted the potential for parole as a result of state law stipulated it is unconstitutional to sentence a teenager to life with out parole. He would be 45 years old when the chance for parole arises.
The victim’s mother, Katiuska Paulino, begged the court before sentencing to impose the utmost sentence on Borges.
“There aren’t any more dreams for the dreamer, the brother, the writer and the poet that was Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino… He has been the soul of this family since he was born,” she stated. “We’re the living dead after he was brutally ripped from our side.”
“Understanding that there is no number of years that can restore this family’s loss, it is my hope that they can now discover some peace, ” Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett mentioned.