A 30-year-old man was sentenced Monday to spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing a mental health worker at a group home in Revere in 2011.
It took a Suffolk Superior Court jury two days to convict Deshawn James Chappell on Monday of first-degree murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Chappell and Stephanie Moulton, 25, were alone inside the group home when he beat her, stabbed her, and slit her neck. Then, he dumped her body in a church parking lot.
“We’re just glad this part’s over. Now, we have to start working on the other part: fighting to get the laws changed, so it doesn’t happen again,” Kimberly Flynn, Moulton’s mother, said standing next to her daughter’s father, Robert Moulton, outside the courtroom. “Nothing is the same without Stephanie. I’m so empty inside; I lost half of myself.”
Flynn told the court that her son’s 21st birthday is approaching, but he doesn’t want to celebrate without his sister, who loved Halloween and often dressed the family pets for the occasion. Moulton dressed her mother’s cat in a Superman costume, and the family dog — a pit bull — wore a tutu and crown.
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