Man sentenced to life for 1994 Worcester slaying

Matteo Trotto

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Worcester man has been sentenced to life without parole after being convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying and disappearance of a man 20 years ago.

The Telegram & Gazette reports 48-year-old Matteo Trotto told the court he is innocent when he was sentenced Tuesday. He is already in prison on unrelated drug and gun charges.

Prosecutors said Trotto and two co-defendants lured Kevin Harkins out of a bar and shot him in the head because he reneged on an agreement to offer false testimony in a drug case. His body was never found.

Harkins’ family sister Karen Ramirez said in court that “our family was given a life sentence” when he disappeared. His daughter Jessica Simone said the family won’t have closure until Harkins’ remains are recovered.

Trotto’s lawyer is appealing his conviction.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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