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Entwistle gets life in jail for murders

BRITON Neil Entwistle was jailed for life without release yesterday for the murder of his wife and baby daughter.

Entwistle, aged 29, who shot wife Rachel, aged 27, and nine-month-old Lillian before fleeing back to England showed no emotion as the sentence was handed down.

Judge Diane Kottmyer told him in the Massachusetts court that the “planned and deliberate murders” were incomprehensible.

She added: “What is all too clear is the magnitude of the loss and the pain” suffered by his wife’s relatives.

Rachel’s mother, Priscilla Matterazzo told the court yesterday afternoon that her daughter and granddaughter’s murders were a “shameful and selfish act by one person”.

Reading an impact statement in court, she said that their family both in America and England had been “sentenced without the luxury of a trial by jury”.

She called for consecutive sentences to be imposed on Entwistle for the murders.

Entwistle’s parents Cliff and Yvonne were in court to see their son smile at them as he was led away.

They left the building without saying anything, Mrs Entwistle in tears.

The couple, from Worksop, Notts, said in a statement to their local newspaper the Worksop Guardian: “We write this in the wake of the verdict of our innocent son, Neil, and we are devastated by the outcome.

“We find the strength, however, as we have done for the past two-and-a-half years, to fight through this difficult time with the love and support from our family and friends back home.”


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