Man convicted of killing pregnant woman, 2 children denied bid to change sentence

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge has ruled that a man convicted of killing a pregnant woman and her two young children 30 years ago must serve at least 45 years in prison.

Daniel LaPlante was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without parole for fatally shooting 33-year-old Priscilla Gustafson and drowning 7-year-old Abigail and 5-year-old William in their Townsend home in 1987. He was 17 at the time.

He asked to be resentenced based on court decisions that said juveniles cannot be sentenced to life without parole.

He wanted to have his sentence revised so two sentences were concurrent, which could have made him eligible for parole this year.

The judge ruled Thursday he must serve at least 15 years for each killing.

LaPlante told the judge Wednesday he was remorseful.


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