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Chelsea man convicted of killing his mother
By Jeannie M. Nuss, Globe Correspondent
A Chelsea man was convicted of first-degree murder today in the beating death of his mother with a hammer in August 2006, Suffolk County prosecutors said.
Norton Cartright, 21, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for beating his 46-year-old mother, Yolande Danestoir, with a hammer, stuffing her into a sleeping bag, and leaving her in a closet to die slowly in her Reynolds Street house in Chelsea on Aug. 25, 2006, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted Cartright after a full day of deliberations. Judge Christine McEvoy ordered Cartright to serve a life sentence at the state prison in Walpole.
“This is a tragedy,” McEvoy said, “a family tragedy of epic proportions.”
Cartright attacked Danestoir after she found him in her house, violating her orders to stay out, Assistant District Attorney David Fredette said.
Cartright was the 31st person found guilty of homicide this year in Suffolk County, prosecutors sasid.
Cartright’s Boston-based attorney, Roger Witkin, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.