- Associated Press - Monday, October 6, 2014

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A Worcester woman has been convicted of murder for the 2011 stabbing and beating death of a Rutland man found dead in his home.

LeeAnne Chesko was convicted Monday in Worcester Superior Court of first-degree murder in the slaying of Francis Spokis.

The verdict came after seven hours of deliberations over two days and carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 14.

Prosecutors say the 27-year-old Chesko was one of three people who killed Spokis, who owned an auto body shop in Worcester, during a robbery at his home.

Investigators say footprints from shoes belonging to Chesko were found at the home.

Chesko’s lawyer called the evidence circumstantial.

Chesko’s boyfriend has already been convicted of murder.

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