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Providence Man Pleads Guilty to 2012 Killing

May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016

Contact: Tim Connolly 508-368-7236

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WORCESTER – A Providence man was sent to prison today for 33 to 35 years in the 2012 killing of Joseph Webster in Northborough, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Under a negotiated plea agreement between prosecutors and the defendant, James Howze, 23, of Providence pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and larceny of a motor vehicle.

Worcester Superior Court Judge Richard T. Tucker sentenced Howze to 19 to 20 years in prison on the manslaughter charge and 14 to 15 years on the larceny charge. The judge ordered that the second sentence be served after the first sentence.

Prosecutors John Bradley and John H. Melander said Howze and co-defendant Lara Cori, 25, were charged with killing Webster, 19, of Worcester in March of 2012 in a room at the Motel 6 on Route 9 in Northborough. The defendant’s stole the victim’s car and fled to Providence where Webster’s body was found days later.

Cori pleaded guilty to manslaughter last June and was sentenced to 18-20 years in prison.