Masiello en­ters guilty plea

De­fen­dant ac­cused of mur­der, ar­son

The Covington News - - Local News - By Michelle Kim

A Cov­ing­ton man in­dicted for mur­der and ar­son pled guilty but men­tally ill on Tues­day, re­ceiv­ing a sen­tence of life in prison plus 25 con­sec­u­tive years.

Christo­pher Masiello, 30, was charged with ar­son in March 2006 and with the mur­der of his step­fa­ther, Paul Lar­son, 56, in July 2007. Masiello shot Lar­son fol­low­ing a do­mes­tic dis­pute, and was re­port­edly un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

Masiello was deemed com­pe­tent to stand trial, but was found by state doc­tors to have para­noid schizophre­nia and schizo-af­fec­tive dis­or­der at the time of the of­fenses, lead­ing to the plea of guilty but men­tally ill, ac­cord­ing to Pub­lic De­fender An­thony Carter.

In re­turn, the Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s of­fice did not seek the death pen- alty, said As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Layla Zon.

With the plea, Masiello can be sent to a state men­tal hospi­tal if the Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tions de­ter­mines it nec­es­sary, said Carter.

Masiello re­ceived life in prison for the mur­der charge and 25 con­sec­u­tive years for other charges in­clud­ing ag­gra­vated as­sault. He was also sen­tenced to 20 years in prison for the ar­son charge, to run con­cur­rently with his other sen­tences.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.