- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - A 51-year-old Lawrence man convicted of fatally stabbing his boyfriend in February has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors say Miguel Rivera stabbed 39-year-old Omar Mendez after an argument in their Lawrence apartment. The two men had broken up weeks earlier but prosecutors argued Rivera didn’t want their long-term relationship to end.

Rivera stabbed Mendez 13 times as he tried to move out.

Mendez’s sister-in-law and niece had been in the apartment the day of the stabbing and testified during the case’s three-day trial in Lawrence Superior Court this week, the Eagle-Tribune reports.

Rivera’s lawyer John Morris argued that his client stabbed Mendez in the “heat of passion.” Life in prison without the possibility for parole is the mandatory sentence for first degree murder in Massachusetts.

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