Man to get life for killing University student after rejection of sexual advances
DOVER, N.H. — A New Hampshire man convicted of raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student who rejected his sexual advances will be sentenced to life in prison.
Family members and friends of Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott, 19, were expected to address the court at the sentencing Thursday for Seth Mazzaglia, 31. He was convicted in June of first-degree murder in the death of Marriott in the apartment he shared with then-girlfriend Kathryn McDonough.
McDonough testified that she lured Marriott to the apartment on Oct. 9, 2012, as a sexual gift to her domineering boyfriend. She is serving 1 ½ to 3 years in prison for hindering prosecution.
Melissa Marriott, the victim's mother, will be the first to speak in court. Also set to speak are Marriott's grandparents, father, girlfriend and other relatives and friends.
Also in attendance are at least eight of the jurors who convicted Mazzaglia.
Mazzaglia wore blue prison garb and was cuffed at the wrists and ankles. A packed courtroom was silent and on a large easel, a large portrait of a beaming Elizabeth Marriott holding out a frog in the palm of her hands was tilted toward Mazzaglia. His parents were also in court, separated from Marriott's relatives and friends by a table where a court security officer sat.
McDonough initially told investigators that Marriott died while the two women were engaged in consensual rough sex. Granted immunity from prosecution, she later said Mazzaglia strangled Marriott after she twice rebuffed him. The pair threw Marriott's body in a river. It's never been found.
In a phone call to his mother from jail last week, Mazzaglia proclaimed his innocence and complained about having to attend the sentencing.
"I already know what everyone's gonna say there so why the hell do I have to be there? And it's a waste of my time," he told his mother, Heather Mazzaglia, in the recorded call. State officials released the transcript Wednesday.
"If I had been found innocent of the big stuff like I should have been, and like I am, now then it might be a different story," he said. "Then, then I might have some sympathy."
"But I'm gonna have to sit there for an hour and a half listening to them yell and whine and bitch and moan and scream about how I'm a monster who killed someone when I'm not," he continued.
He mother tried to convince him he should face the family.
"They're, they're in misery," she said. "I mean they're in agony. Their, their daughter is lost. I would be the same if it were you but, you know, you have to sympathize with what they've lost."
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