Man sentenced to life in prison for murder of Providence mother

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A man found guilty of strangling a mother of three to death in Providence was sentenced to prison Thursday.

A judge sentenced Daniel Tejeda to life in prison for the death of 24-year-old Ashley Masi plus 25 years for being a habitual offender.

Tejeda, 29, was convicted of first-degree murder in April. Prosecutors said the former Marine reservist used a zip tie to strangle Masi inside her River Avenue apartment after he responded to an online ad for escort services she posted on Backpage.com.

During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence showing that Tejeda’s DNA was found on the zip tie around Masi’s neck.

When Tejeda was indicted in Masi’s murder last July, he was already in federal custody on charges he violated the terms of his conditional release from a three-year sentence he received in 2008 for robbing a bank and stealing a fellow Marine’s identity. He was sentenced to 10 months in prison.

Only Eyewitness News was in court for Tejeda’s sentencing. Masi’s mother had a message for Tejeda – hear what she had to say tonight starting live at 5 on WPRI 12.

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