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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Marlborough man sentenced to life for murdering housemate

MARLBOROUGH

A Marlborough man was sentenced to life in prison this morning in connection with the 2004 stabbing death of his housemate, officials said.

James O’Neill, a 50-year-old local handyman, was sentenced after a Middlesex Superior Court jury in Cambridge found him guilty of second degree murder in the death of Craig Durand, 50.

Prosecutors alleged that, on the afternoon on January 2, 2004, a neighbor saw O’Neill walking out of the 65 Victoria Lane residence that the two shared. O'Neill claimed that he had returned home to find Durand to be dead. Marlborough Police found Durand’s body in his bedroom.

The State Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death to be multiple stab wounds. After a 4-month joint investigation between the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, State Police, and Marlborough Police, a grand jury indicted O’Neill for the murder on May 25, 2004.

During the trial, prosecutors alleged that O'Neill stabbed Durand, who left behind a teenage son, after an argument over finances.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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