A teenager in Massachusetts will be spending life in prison after beheading a classmate he envied for spending time with a girl he liked.
Matthew Borges, 18, was given two consecutive life sentences on Tuesday after being convicted of first-degree murder last month. The body and head of Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino were found by a dog walker near a river back in November 2016. Prosecutors said that Borges had murdered his schoolmate out of jealousy.
The prosecution had relied heavily on text message conversations and social media as evidence to prove Borges' guilt.
“I think of killing someone and I [smirk]," read one of Borges' texts presented to the jury, according to MassLive. "I like the sound of it the idea of causing pain. It’s all I think about every day but I control myself. I see people I don’t like [and] that comes to mind. I’m going insane.”
Borges will be eligible for parole in 30 years, according to NBC News. For an adult, a first-degree murder conviction would mean no possibility of parole — however Massachusetts law requires exceptions for crimes committed as juveniles. Borges was 15 when the murder occurred.
Judge Helene Kazanjia, who presided over the case, declared the sentence "appropriate."
"There is no sentence I can impose that will bring back Lee Paulino, or that will answer the questions that we all have about how this happened, and how a 15-year-old boy could kill a friend in this manner," Kazanjian said, according to CNN.
Katiuska Paulino, the victim's mother, spoke at the sentencing.
"He should never have the opportunity to kill again, to rob another person of their life," she said, according to NBC News.
Borges declined to speak and showed no apparent emotion throughout the proceedings.
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