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Lowell man sentenced to life in stabbing murder
By Caitlin Costello, Globe Correspondent
An 18-year-old Lowell man was convicted today of first-degree murder by a Middlesex County Superior Court jury.
Juan Pagan was sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for the May 15, 2006, stabbing of Alexander Castro-Santos, 19, also of Lowell.
Prosecutors said Pagan and Castro-Santos had a "verbal confrontation" at an apartment in Lowell after which Castro-Santos apologized. Then Pagan, unprovoked, stabbed Castro-Santos with a military-style combat knife.
"The defendantís actions are yet another disturbing example of a young person resolving a conflict through the use of weapons, showing absolutely no respect for human life," Gerry Leone, the Middlesex district attorney, said in a statement.