Mathew Borges, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Massachusetts, who was 18 years old, found guilty of first instance murder for the 2016 killing of Lee Manuel Villoria-Paulino who was 16 years old. Borges was 15 at the time of the murder.
"Nothing can bring Lee Paulino back to his family, who is deeply loved and lost," said Essex County District Representative Jonathan Blodgett in Tuesday's statement. "My hope is that this verdict gives them comfort and peace."
Borges' solicitor, Edward Hayden, did not respond immediately to a request for views.
Paulino's body was discovered on the banks of the River Merrimack in December 2016, de-drained and lost her hands.
The sentence is scheduled in July
In Monday's arguments closed, Assistant Attorney Jay Gubitose said that the capacity, motivation and opportunity of Paulino Borges had to kill.
"He had this interest, some sort of obsession, to kill someone," Gubitose said.
The prosecution argued that Borges was jealous because Paulino had spent time with his girlfriend. The prosecutors said that Borges Paulino went on to get him out of his house and other teenagers were stolen, and then killed him.
The CNN affiliation, WCVB, reported that medical examiners discovered 76 wounds on Paulino's body – and were unable to determine whether certain wounds occurred, including pouring, before or after his death.
As Borges is a minor when Paulino was murdered, he is sentenced to a life sentence and there may be parole according to the office of the Essex Attorney General.
Borges is due to be sentenced on 9 July.
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