Man sentenced to life for fatal stabbing of high school girlfriend

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A Massachusetts man is headed to prison for the fatal stabbing of his teenage girlfriend.

Nickolas Lacrosse, of Springfield, was sentenced to life without parole Thursday after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Lacrosse stabbed 17-year-old Kathryn Mauke 32 times in her own home in February 2015 because he was angry she had broken up with him.

The now-23-year-old Lacrosse previously testified that he didn’t intend to kill Mauke but went to her home to get “clarification” on the breakup.

Two defense experts had testified that Lacrosse didn’t have the ability to control his actions.

A lawyer for Lacrosse did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Members of a Hampden Superior Court jury found Lacrosse guilty Wednesday after a trial that lasted about three weeks.

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