A 42-year-old Dorchester man was sentenced today to life in prison without parole for the murder of a popular 20-year-old hairdresser.
Steven Odegard was convicted in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston on a charge of first-degree murder.
Prosecutors said Odegard stabbed the victim, Daniel Yakovleff, with a foot-long chef's knife in a fit of rage in the early morning hours of Jan. 17, 2008, in Odegard's Savin Hill apartment. The two had met hours earlier at Boston Eagle, a bar on Tremont Street in the South End.
Odegard testified in his own defense at trial, claiming that a third man had joined them at the apartment. Odegard said that when he woke up at about 6 a.m., he found Yakovleff in his bed, soaked in blood with the knife in his chest, while the other man had left. Prosecutors said there was no evidence that a third man had been in the apartment.
Prior to sentencing by Judge Regina Quinlan, Yakovleff's mother, Peggy Rux, told the court that her son was, "precious to us. He had a very promising future and he was cut down in his youthful prime," according to a statement released by the office of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
Yakovleff's father, Nord Yakovleff, also addressed the court and said that, "Dan trusted someone he shouldn’t have trusted. This was a very painful experience for us. The shock of having this trial brings it all back for us.”
The Ruxes could not be reached yesterday for further comment.
Eric Tennen, one of Odegard's attorneys, said his client "definitely" plans to appeal, adding that he still maintains that another man who was with Yakovleff that night committed the crime.
"He's obviously devastated that the jury doesn't see it that way," Tennen said.
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