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Massachusetts Man Used Fireplace Log To Beat His Mother To Death In Her Bedroom

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Source: North Providence Police Department; UNSPLASH

Feb. 19 2023, Published 10:16 a.m. ET

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A man in Massachusetts who used a fireplace log to beat his elderly mother to death over five years ago faces a sentence of life behind bars.

A jury recently found Danny Lopes Jr., 39, guilty of the first-degree murder of his 72-year-old mother, Julia Fernandes, at their home in West Bridgewater, the Plymouth District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

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On Aug. 27, 2017, police responding to a call from a concerned relative that evening found the victim dead in a bedroom on the second floor of the home she shared with her son, Fox News reported.

Investigators located the murder weapon, a log, in the basement.

Lopes was taken into custody in Providence, Rhode Island, one day after his mother’s slaying.


An autopsy showed Fernandes’ death was due to blunt force trauma to her head, according to the network.

Lopes is scheduled to be sentenced on March 1 and faces a minimum mandatory life sentence without parole.


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