- Associated Press - Saturday, November 19, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of his mother and two cats.

Prosecutors say 48-year-old Matthew McAveeney, of Winchester, pleaded guilty Friday in Middlesex Superior Court to first-degree murder, assault and battery on a person over 60 and animal cruelty.

WBZ-TV reports McAveeney told a judge last year he wanted the cats’ names, Pumpkin and Puffy, added to his indictment before he pleaded guilty.

The judge ordered a mental health evaluation before accepting the plea.

Police found his 70-year-old mother, Barbara, in her Winchester apartment Oct. 14, 2014. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head. Her cats were also dead.

McAveeney lived with his mother. Prosecutors say he fled and was arrested in North Carolina.

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