Massachusetts carpenter Andrew MacCormack was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for the murder of his wife, 30-year-old Vanessa Masucci.
Masucci, a second-grade schoolteacher at Connery Elementary School in Lynn, was savagely attacked on Sept. 23, 2017. She sustained blunt force trauma to the face and head, and her neck bore evidence of stabbing and strangulation, the The Boston Globe reported. Her body was also covered in chemical burns from bleach used to clean the crime scene, according to the Lynn Journal, a local newspaper.
Family members discovered Masucci’s body in the bedroom she shared with MacCormack, and her husband was quickly arrested.
Masucci and MacCormack’s marriage had become increasingly tumultuous in the months leading up to the murder. Both Masucci’s wedding ring and its replacement had mysteriously disappeared, while MacCormack pawned off his own wedding band for $120, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office reported. MacCormack had also allegedly forged checks for himself to support a cocaine addiction, according to NBC Boston.
Upon MacCormack’s arrest, authorities noted a rash on his upper body consistent with burn marks on his wife, and a large knife was found missing from his kitchen’s butcher block. Additionally, contrary to MacCormack’s claims that he checked Masucci’s body when he found her, authorities failed to find “even a speck” of his wife’s DNA on him, according to The Boston Globe.
A jury found MacCormack guilty of murder last month, and on Monday, a judge sentenced him to life in prison with no chance of parole.
Despite all this, MacCormack continues to maintain his innocence, becoming audibly choked up as he spoke to the court.
“I have never raised a finger to Vanessa, and I sure as hell didn’t kill her,” he said, according to local outlet WCVB News. “There is somebody getting away with murder right now.”
Masucci’s family, meanwhile, expressed overwhelming grief and disgust in their victim impact statements.
“I cannot recover from the fact that he hugged me with the same hands that he used to kill her 24 hours before,” her sister, Angela Masucci, told the court.
MacCormack comforted her when she first learned of her sister's murder.
Angela is currently caring for the broken couple’s daughter, Adrianna, who is now 3, according to the Boston Herald. Angela often tells her that her mother “lives in the clouds,” and told the court that Adrianna once asked if she “could drive to heaven so she can see her mommy.”
“Adrianna is an innocent girl who had her mother ripped away from her by the monster who was supposed to love and protect her,” Masucci’s mother, Karen Masucci, told the court.
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