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State briefs: Mass woman Mass. woman to be sentenced for role in drug killing


Monday, April 16, 2018
Mass. woman to be sentenced for role in drug killing

HOULTON, Maine — A Massachusetts woman is due to be sentenced this week after pleading guilty to felony murder and robbery in drug-related killing in northern Maine.

The lawyer for Tia Ludwick of Leominster says she was part of a group that drove from Massachusetts for a drug deal with her cousin, and she had no idea anyone was going to be killed.

She’s due to be sentenced on Wednesday. The victim, Douglas Morin, was found inside his car on Oct. 16, 2016, in Sherman.

Ludwick pleaded guilty to felony murder and robbery in February, and another defendant, Darin Goulding, pleaded guilty to robbery. A third defendant, Marcus Asante, of Fitchburg, Mass., is awaiting a November trial.

Court continues fetal remains disposal case without finding

WORCESTER — A woman who was charged with disposing of her newborn’s remains in a garbage bag has had her case continued without finding.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that 37-year-old Jennifer Rheaume was charged with disinterring a body and concealing an out-of-wedlock fetal death. Her case has been continued for one year, and she was ordered to stay away from drugs and alcohol.

Police arrested Rheaume and her boyfriend in June after officers found a bag containing the remains in Worcester.

Authorities say Rheaume and her boyfriend hid the remains behind his mother’s home.

Her lawyer called it a “sad” situation.

Her boyfriend was also charged in the case but the status of his case was not clear.

DA: Man accidentally shoots girlfriend, then kills himself

PALMER — Authorities say a man killed himself after accidentally shooting his girlfriend over the weekend.

A spokesman for the Hampden district attorney says at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police in Palmer responded to a 911 call about a woman with a gunshot wound to the lower back.

The 21-year-old woman told responders that her boyfriend had accidentally shot her while he was unloading his gun. She was taken to the hospital with injuries described as life-threatening.

While she was being treated, police found her 24-year-old boyfriend dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. No names were released. The investigation remains open.

Pittsfield man charged in death of estranged girlfriend

PITTSFIELD — A man is facing a murder charge in the death last week of his estranged girlfriend.

The Berkshire district attorney’s office says 32-year-old Michael Boulais, of Hinsdale, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court.

He is charged in the death of Kassedi Clark, 24, who was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle on Boulais’ property on Friday morning. An autopsy determined that the death was a homicide.

State child welfare authorities were called to the scene to assist children who lived at the site.

Boulais is being held without the right to bail pending arraignment and it was unclear if he had hired a lawyer.