Thursday, October 19, 2006
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.
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