A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to his role in killing the younger brother of a Rhode Island Supreme Court justice.
Twenty-three-year-old Matthew Marcotte, of Rehoboth, Massachusetts initially faced a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of William McKenna. The judge dropped it down to second-degree murder as part of a plea deal.
Marcotte was sentenced Wednesday in Providence to life for the murder charge and 10 years for conspiracy. Both sentences will be served simultaneously.
Police say Marcotte stabbed 53-year-old McKenna outside a Pawtucket convenience store on Feb. 10, 2015 after 24-year-old Rolando Brooks punched him. McKenna died at the hospital.
Brooks is charged with murder and has pleaded not guilty.
McKenna was the younger brother of state Supreme Court Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg.