- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A Worcester man who beat his girlfriend so severely that she never regained consciousness and died more than a year later has been sentenced to up to 17 years in prison.

The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/1GHfDlt ) reports that Robert Bell, originally charged with first-degree murder in Christine Bolduc’s death, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

The 51-year-old Bolduc, a mother of three, was found unresponsive May 3, 2011, in a city alley. She was taken to the hospital with severe head injuries and never regained consciousness, dying in July 2012.

The cause of death was determined to be complications from blunt force trauma to the head and torso.

The 59-year-old Bell was implicated by video surveillance and DNA evidence.

His lawyer attributed the attack to “alcohol-induced anger.”

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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