- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Providence man has been convicted of murder in the strangling death of a mother of three while she was working as an escort.

A Superior Court jury found Daniel Tejeda guilty Thursday in the killing of 24-year-old Ashley Masi in March 2015.

Prosecutors say the 29-year-old Tejeda, a Marine reservist, gave conflicting statements to investigators. They say he met Masi through the online ad site Backpage.com.

Tejeda’s attorney argued detectives didn’t look at other potential suspects, including some 25 men who communicated with Masi prior to her death.

Police found Masi’s body in her apartment March 31, near her twin 6-year-old daughters and 7-month-old infant, who are now in state custody.

Tejeda is facing a mandatory life sentence. A sentencing date has not been set.


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