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Mass. man gets life sentence for 1974 murder

February 28, 2012
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WORCESTER, Mass.—A 65-year-old Fitchburg man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing a woman nearly four decades ago.

The Telegram & Gazette ( http://bit.ly/A4oqoP) reports that Ronald Dame was sentenced Tuesday in Worcester Superior Court following his first-degree murder conviction Friday.

Prosecutors say Dame slashed the throat of 23-year-old Clara Provost in her apartment in January 1974. The two had dated briefly.

Dame had long been a suspect in the slaying but wasn't charged until 2006 when new tests found his DNA under Provost's fingernails. Authorities say Dame had scratches on his face in the days after the slaying.

Dame testified in his own defense that he was at his sister's house at the time of the killing and got the scratches while playing with his niece.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette, http://www.telegram.com

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