May 9, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Paul Jarvey (508) 368-7241
WORCESTER – A Superior Court jury found Glenn R. Armstrong guilty of first-degree murder today in the 2017 slaying of his 83-year-old father in Blackstone, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
First-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Judge Daniel Wrenn scheduled sentencing for 10 a.m., Monday.
Mr. Armstrong, 50, was arrested on Jan. 12, 2017 in Mount Laurel, N.J., one day after his father, Walter Armstrong, was found dead in his home at 36 Summer St., Blackstone. An autopsy determined that the elder Mr. Armstrong died of multiple blunt trauma and asphyxia by ligature strangulation.
Glenn Armstrong drove to New Jersey in his father’s truck after the murder, and was arrested there on a warrant after his vehicle ran out of gas. Mr. Armstrong was also found guilty of stealing his father’s truck.
“I hope the family of Walter Armstrong can find some measure of closure from this verdict,” Mr. Early said. “Assistant District Attorneys Joe Simmons, Anthony Melia and Susan Oftring did an outstanding job trying this case. We thank the jurors for their service.”
Mr. Early also praised the State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office and Blackstone Police for their investigation, the Mt. Laurel (N.J.) Police for making the arrest, State Police Crime Scene Services and the State Police crime lab for collecting and analyzing key fingerprint evidence and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for its thorough work and presentation at trial.