Teen Philip Chism has been convicted of first degree murder, aggravated rape, and armed robbery for the murder of his math teacher Colleen Ritzer in 2013.  Jurors also found Chism not guilty of a second count of aggravated rape.
Chism was charged as an adult and faces life in prison with the possibility of parole between 15 and 25 years.
Chism, now 16, was charged with killing Ritzer, 24, with a box cutter in a bathroom at Danvers High School on October 22, 2013.  Her body was found the next day in the woods behind the school.
“This guilty verdict, while the beginning of justice for Colleen, is certainly no cause for celebration as there can never be true justice for the crime committed. There remains a tremendous and painful absence in our lives — one that, sadly, can never be replaced,” said Ritzer’s father, Tom.
“Colleen never gave up and neither will we. We will not allow Colleen’s death to define how she’s remembered,” he told reporters.
Chism’s defense attorneys unsuccessfully argued that Chism is mentally ill and thus not legally responsible for his actions.
Chism was 14 years old at the time of the murder and assault.  Psychiatrists testified that Chism had auditory hallucinations from a young age.
Prosecutor Kate MacDougall argued, “There is not one single person in this courtroom who wants to believe that a 14-year-old-boy could have done this and not be crazy. But doing something so awful does not make you crazy.”
Sources:  CNN

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