- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 6, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the death of a Massachusetts man whose body was found buried under newly poured concrete at a home.

Steven Pietrowicz, of Burrillville, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder, conspiracy, and several other offenses in the May 2015 killing of 60-year-old Domingo Ortiz, of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Prosecutors say Ortiz and Pietrowicz had been drinking with a group in the Burrillville home when there was an argument and Ortiz was physically assaulted. Prosecutors say Ortiz was later strangled to death and buried in the backyard. Pietrowicz poured cement and constructed a deck over the hole.

The 41-year-old Pietrowicz is the second person to admit their role in the slaying. Other defendants are awaiting trial.


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