Man Sentenced to Life in Prison in 2017 Killing of Cynthia Webb

September 5, 2023

For Immediate Release

Contact: Scott J. Croteau (508) 368-7228 or (774) 418-5706

WORCESTER —A 62-year-old man who was found guilty of murder in the 2017 killing of Cynthia Webb was sentenced to life in prison today, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Steven M. Foley, formerly of Northborough, was found guilty of second-degree murder by a Worcester Superior Court jury last week after a multiday trial.

The murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence. He will be eligible to seek parole in 25 years.

A jury also found Foley guilty on a charge of malicious damage to a motor vehicle. Judge Daniel Wrenn sentenced Foley to serve 12 to 15 years in prison on that charge. The sentence will be served concurrently with the life sentence.

“We can only hope Cynthia’s family and loved ones find some closure through this verdict,” Mr. Early said. “Our Assistant District Attorneys, Brett Dillon and Tiffany Scanlon, along with the dedicated detectives from the Worcester Police Department, spent countless hours working this case in order to achieve the justice Cynthia deserved. The family was also assisted by our Victim Witness Advocate Maria Deyette, who worked to keep the family informed throughout the duration of this case.”

Webb, 59, was found deceased in the trunk of her burning car in Hope Cemetery, which is in Worcester, on Dec. 12, 2017.

An autopsy conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined her cause of death was homicidal violence of unknown etiology and the manner was homicide by assault.

An investigation by Worcester Police Detectives led to the arrest of Foley on Dec. 19, 2017, at a hotel in Peabody. He was placed in custody by Peabody Police and the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section.

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