LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A 62-year-old Tewksbury man convicted last year of killing a 15-year-old boy more than four decades ago has been sentenced to life in prison.
Walter Shelley was sentenced Thursday in Lowell Superior Court after being found guilty of first-degree murder in September in the 1969 death of William McCabe.
The Sun (http://bit.ly/1hBmPFW ) reports that because Shelley was 17 at the time, he is eligible for parole in 15 years based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision that anyone 17 or younger at the time of the crime cannot be sentenced to life without parole.
Prosecutors say Shelley was one of three teens who kidnapped, beat and bound McCabe, leaving him to die of asphyxiation in Lowell. Authorities say McCabe was targeted because he had flirted with Shelley’s girlfriend at a dance.
Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com