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Mass. teen found guilty of beheading classmate


Mathew Borges, shown at his 2016 arraignment, was found guilty of first-degree murder. (Paul Bilodeau / Associated Press)

Massachusetts teen Mathew Borges has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2016 death of his 16-year-old classmate, who was found decapitated on the banks of the Merrimack River.

Borges, who was 15 at the time and is now 18, plotted with other classmates to rob Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino, prosecutors said during the weeks-long trial, according to Mass Live. For his part, Borges lured Viloria-Paulino down to the river, where they were going to get high.

There, Borges stabbed Viloria-Paulino 76 times, cut off his head and hands and threw his mutilated body into the river, according to prosecutors.

The body was found on Dec. 1, 2016 by a dog walker and Borges was arrested a few days later.

“Nothing can bring Lee Paulino back to his family, who obviously love and miss him very much. It is my hope that this verdict gives them some comfort and peace,” Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said in a statement.

Borges, who was tried as an adult, will be sentenced July 9. He faces up to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years.