NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Cara Rintala was sentenced Wednesday for the 2010 murder of her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala. 22News was in the courtroom as the victim’s family read emotional statements.
Annamarie’s family described her as full of life, laughter and love. They told the court the verdict brings closure, but the wounds will never heal. “The loss of our daughter Annamarie has destroyed our family both physically and emotionally,” said Bill and Lucy Cochrane in a statement that was read aloud by Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Suhl.
It took three trials, six years, and four days of deliberation before the guilty verdict was rendered.
Unlike when the verdict was read, Cara Rintala expressed no visible emotion as the clerk read Cara Rintala her fate. Barring any successful appeal, Rintala will live out the rest of her natural life at the MCI Prison in Framingham.
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Four victim impact statements written by the family of Annamarie Cochrane were read aloud. Three were read by prosecutors, one by her uncle, who delivered a message to her killer. “She will have to meet another judge at another time. One much greater than this court and atone for her sins. Hopefully she can find compassion in her own heart and find that she needs to apologize,” said Pasquale Martin.
Hugs and handshakes wrapped up this emotional court proceeding as Cara Rintala was led away in shackles and handcuffs. But it won’t be the last time she sees a courtroom. “This is the end of one chapter and as we were just discussing, unfortunately, now the post conviction proceeding will start. Motions for new trials and appeals. It’s going to be several years before this is all said and done,” said lead prosecutor Steven Gagne.
22News visited Northampton based domestic violence non-profit Safe Passage. Executive Director Marianne Winters delivered this message to anyone who finds themselves trapped in a violent relationship. “It doesn’t matter your sexual orientation, your gender or gender identity. If intimate partner violence is happening to you or if there are danger signs, call us. Stop by. Go to our website. We are here for the entire community,” said Winters.
Safe Passage says they can help connect victims with legal services, counseling, and children’s programs.