SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Convicted murderer Dennis Rosa Roman will never have another day of freedom as long as he lives.
A Hampden County Superior Court Judge on Tuesday sentenced Dennis Rosa-Roman to the mandatory sentence of life in prison with no chance for parole for the first degree murder of Amanda Plasse in her Chicopee apartment nearly five years ago.
Amanda Plasse’s tearful family held each other as they listened to a Superior Court judge announce the fate of her killer.
Superior Court Judge Mark Mason imposed the state-mandated punishment for first degree murder.
“I’m hereby sentencing you, Mr. Rosa Roman, to the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction for the term of your natural life without the possibility of parole.”
Amanda Plasse was found stabbed to death in her apartment in August of 2011. Prosecutors said DNA evidence linked Rosa-Roman to Plasse’s murder. Rosa-Roman was arrested two years and three months after Plasse was killed.
A jury on Friday found Rosa-Roman guilty of first degree murder following 8 days of testimony, and just 5 hours of deliberations.
Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said the evidence against Rosa-Roman gave the jurors the ability to make a careful, but quick decision. “The evidence was so compelling and convincing that they obviously didn’t need too much time, and I think it was the right verdict, and Mr. Rosa-Roman will spend the rest of his life where he belongs,” Gulluni said.
Amanda Plasse’s family described the sentencing as a moment they’d been waiting for for years. It took nearly five years to bring Rosa-Roman to justice for Plasse’s murder.
Amanda’s mom, Michelle Mathison, said she’s relieved her daughter’s killer is going to prison for the rest of his life. “I’m happy with the sentence, I’m happy to finally have justice for Amanda,” she said.
Mathison also told 22News that while justice may have been served, closure will be much more difficult.
“There will never be closure. In a situation like this, nothing can ever bring closure. It’s just a time for us to start healing. She would never look back on her shadow, and I don’t think we’re going to either. We’re going to just keep pushing forward,” Mathison said.