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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.

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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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