NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A jury has found Cara Rintala guilty of first degree murder in the 2010 killing of her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala.
As the verdict was read, an emotional Rintala exclaimed to the jury: “You are so wrong!” She was consoled by her lawyer David Hoose as she cried and insisted that she is innocent.
Rintala, a former Granby resident, has been put on trial twice previously for the strangling death of her wife Annamarie. In both those cases, mistrials were declared after juries failed to reach unanimous verdicts.
For the first time, however, the jury has been allowed to consider a charge of manslaughter against Cara Rintala. This comes after the prosecution requested that Judge Mary Lou Rup allow that consideration. In the previous two trials, jurors were only able to consider whether Rintala was guilty of first or second-degree murder.
That consideration turned out not to matter, as this third jury convicted her of murder. The jurors deliberated for four full days.
“They took their task very seriously. It was a sound decision based on the evidence and the law, not gut reactions, not emotions, not fears or prejudices. They did what they were here to do,” said the lead prosecutor on the case, First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne.
“That jury today spoke for her,” Northwestern D.A. David Sullivan said of the victim.
Rintala will be sentenced on Wednesday, October 12th at 2:00 p.m.. First-degree murder in Massachusetts carries with it a mandatory sentence of life in prison.