New Hampshire man wants to skip murder sentencing

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DOVER, N.H. (AP) -- A man who faces life imprisonment for raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student in 2012 does not want to appear for his sentencing this week.

Seth Mazzaglia (muh-ZAYL’-ee-uh) was convicted June 27 of first-degree murder and other felonies in the death of 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott of Westborough, Massachusetts. Prosecutors say he strangled then raped Marriott in his Dover apartment after she rebuffed his sexual advances.

Mazzaglia’s girlfriend, Kathryn McDonough, is already serving jail time for hindering prosecution.

The 31-year-old Mazzaglia is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday and at least 11 family and friends of the victim are expected to give statements. Mazzaglia says it is his constitutional right to not appear.

Prosecutors will argue against the motion at a hearing Tuesday in Dover.


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