A Massachusetts treehouse killer now knows her fate.
Julia EnrightThe 24-year-old was sentenced to the maximum sentence under Massachusetts law on Friday for the 2018 murder of a 20-year-old Brandon Chiclisa former classmate and friend.
Justice of the Worcester Supreme Court Daniel Wrenn sentenced the defendant to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after 25 years after hearing testimonies from nine family members and friends of Chicklis about the victim’s impact. according to MassLive’s court clerk Erin Tiernan.
Each of the nine, in turn, described the hole that the young man’s brutal murder had left in his life. And in return, both asked the judge to award the most severe sentence against Enright.
Chiclis’ mother, Trisha Edwards LamarcheShe explained her grim and everyday predicament, according to reports from the courtroom.
“Every day when I drive to work, I can choose: do I drive by where she dumped my son’s body today, or do I drive by where she dumped his car?” the grieving mother told the judge.
“I love you Brandon, you will always be my bumblebee,” said the deceased’s grandmother. Louise Roche‘ he said in court.
Chiclis was stabbed at least 10 times at the Enright family treehouse in Ashburnam, Mass. on June 23, 2018, the trial revealed. His body was found by a jogger on July 10, 2018 along Route 119 in Rindge, New Hampshire, a town just across the Massachusetts state line. The body was in an advanced state of decomposition at the time of its discovery — which became a central point of discussion during the trial due to Enright’s undisputed fixation with dead animals, decomposition, and death in general.
During the trial, a witness reportedly testified that the defendant occasionally attempted to hasten the decomposition of a dead animal by exposing its body to the elements and wrapping it in a tarpaulin. Prosecutors attempted to use the testimony to suggest a parallel to Chicklis’ possible treatment.
In her defenceEnright told jurors that her occult interests were a side effect of her obsession with shock rockers at the time Marilyn Manson.
The trial also focused on the defendant’s sideline business as a dominatrix – much to the chagrin of the defense and previous protests.
Enright himself filed an unsuccessful claim of killing Chicklis in self-defense in response to an alleged attempted sexual assault in the tree house. The jury did not accept this version of the story.
Prosecutors argued the killing was a “gift” for him John Lind, the defendant’s boyfriend at the time. Lind was indicted by a Worcester County grand jury on charges of ancillary murder, misleading a grand jury and perjury earlier this year. Originally charged in December last yearhe is said to have shared many of the same macabre interests as the convicted woman.
Lind had first made waves in the case months earlier.
In October 2021, Lind pleaded fifth during one of Enright’s pretrial evidentiary hearings when asked what exactly made his girlfriend replace part of the carpet in the treehouse. He previously allegedly told police the textile had been replaced due to a sex act between the two that resulted in damage from human feces.
Later evidence suggested that there was no carpet at all in the tree house prior to the murder. And in the area where the carpet was said to have been replaced, investigators found Chicklis’ blood and DNA.
“His DNA is in your tree house,” a state police officer told Enright during her second interview with Massachusetts state police on the day of her arrest. “How could his DNA, his blood, be in your tree house?”
She got up and attempted to leave at this point, but remained in the custody of law enforcement from that point on.
As for Lind, she testified during the trial that he helped her get rid of the body.
“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about it or wish that I could go back,” Enright said in a bid to mitigate her sentence. “You might have to hear me say this: I’m sorry everyone. His parents, his siblings, his loved ones, my parents, friends, everyone.”
According to MassLive, she never said her victim’s name and only lightly addressed his family in court Friday.
“I want you to know how much I’ve thought about everything,” she continued. “You have to know that I’m serious. You must know that I pray for my family every night. I pray for yours too.”
“I’m not going to lie and pretend that being with my family and loved ones isn’t the only thing I want,” she continued.
But her plea for mercy was unsuccessful.
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