- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A man convicted of killing a fellow patient in the psychiatric ward of a Massachusetts hospital has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Aldo Dunphe, of Spencer, was sentenced Thursday, three days after being convicted of first-degree murder for beating, choking and smothering 31-year-old Ratna Bhattarai, of Worcester, while both were patients at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Authorities say on Nov. 5, 2013, the 26-year-old Dunphe bashed the victim’s head on the floor, smothered him with a pillow, and stuffed a towel in his mouth to stop him from breathing. Bhattarai died two days later.

Dunphe’s lawyer said his client suffered a psychotic break and has filed a motion seeking to reduce the conviction to second-degree murder, which would make him eligible for parole in 15 years.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide