Convicted arsonist, murderer found guilty in 2011 homicide

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A convicted killer has been found guilty of committing a second murder.

On Monday, a Providence County Superior Court jury found Matthew Gumkowski, 34, formerly of West Warwick, guilty in the May 11, 2011 murder of 41-year old Michael DiRaimo.

Prosecutors proved that Gumkowski killed DiRaimo by slitting his throat and then left his body in a utility shed that he then set on fire, in an attempt to cover up the evidence.

Providence Firefighters were called to a property on Sophia Street that night and while putting out the fire; they found the body of DiRaimo.

Cell phone records traced police to Gumkwoski, who in October of 2014, was convicted of a similar crime in Attleboro.

Gumkoswki was found guilty of first-degree murder and arson for the July 2011 killing of his roommate, 50-year old Joseph Kilrow.

Gumkowski is already serving a life sentence in Massachusetts, without the possibility of parole, for Kilrow’s murder.

In Rhode Island, the penalty for first degree murder is life in prison and the penalty for first degree arson is up to life in prison.

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