Man convicted of fatally stabbing woman gets life in prison

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BOSTON (AP) — A man convicted of kidnapping and fatally stabbing a woman and dumping her body in a park was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison without parole after her mother spoke in court about her “unimaginable” suffering.

Edwin Alemany, 30, was convicted Monday of murder and other charges in the death of Amy Lord and nonfatal attacks on two other women over a 20-hour period in July 2013. The jury rejected the insanity defense presented by his attorney.

Lord’s family and one of Alemany’s surviving victims spoke in court before a judge gave him the mandatory sentence.

Cynthia Lord, of Wilbraham, said her 24-year-old daughter’s “senseless” death brought “unimaginable” suffering to her family and friends. She told the surviving victims they deserve lives “full of love and happiness.”

Kayleigh Ballentyne, who fended off Alemany after he stabbed her, called Lord her “guardian angel” and said, “She will always be with me.”

Alemany was convicted of kidnapping Lord outside her South Boston apartment, beating her and forcing her to drive to several ATMs and withdraw money before stabbing her and leaving her body in a park.

Defense lawyer Jeffrey Denner said Alemany is a “sick man” who has been failed by the mental health care system.

Alemany’s mother, Estrella Soustache, said after the sentencing she is sorry for Lord’s family. She said she fears her son won’t get the mental health treatment he needs in prison.

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