God forgives. I don’t’: Mother’s message to man as he is sentenced to life prison

God forgives. I don’t’: Mother’s message to man as he is sentenced to life prison
May 19 15:36 2017 Print This Article

A Massachusetts man convicted of beating a father-of-two to death in a random barroom attack was sentenced to life in prison, on Thursday, but not before hearing some harsh words from the victims’ grieving family.

Paul Fahey, 44, learned his fate in Norfolk Superior Court two days after a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder in the March 2015 beating death of Keith Boudreau in Quincy.

Prosecutors said Fahey pummelled the 42-year-old Boudreau to death in the now-shuttered Home Ice Sports Bar for merely glancing in his direction, and when he was on the ground, stomped on the victim’s head while wearing a heavy work boot.

Boudreau died from his injuries 11 days after the attack, which was described by witnesses as unprovoked.

When given a chance to speak in court, Boudreau‘s mother, Kathleen, delivered an impassioned impact victim statement that paid tribute to her murdered son and also contained a hard-hitting message for his killer, reported CBS Boston.

‘I believe that Paul Fahey is an evil man with no regard or remorse for the life that he took,’ Mrs Boudreau told the court. ‘Keith’s sons have to carry the knowledge that their father was taken for absolutely no reason other than a pure evil act carried out by another human.’

The bereaved mother said although she intensely misses Keith, she finds strength in the knowledge that he was a kind and decent man, and that he would have wanted his loved one to move forward, now that justice has been done.

Then addressing the convicted murderer directly, Mrs Boudreau said: ‘Mr Fahey, I hope that you live the rest of your life without your family.’

She concluded by saying: ‘Mr Fahey, in closing, God forgives. I don’t.’
The Patriot Ledger reported that the court also heard from Keith’s sister, Tanya Nelson, who reiterated that the damage inflicted by Fahey’s actions on her two nephews, aged 10 and 17, can never be undone.

‘I hope that night plays out in his mind over and over and over and haunts him for the rest of his life the way it does to us,’ she read from her statement.

Throughout most of the proceedings, Fahey appeared largely impassive, sitting at the defense table dressed in a dark button-down shirt and grey scruff on his face.

His stoic facade cracked only when his defense attorney read a letter written by his son, telling the court that Fahey had always been there for him.

On the evening of March 23, 2015, Fahey was sitting at the sports bar in Quincy when, unprovoked, he got up and struck Boudreau, who had just walked in, knocking him unconscious.

Witnesses said the two men had not exchanged any words prior to the assault, and that Fahey appeared to have attacked the stranger for just looking in his direction.

Following Fahey’s arrest, Assistant District Attorney Craig Kowalski said that after punching Boudreau in the face and stomping on his head as he lay on the ground, he dragged the vicim across the bar floor and dumped him in a back alley.

Boudreau was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead on April 3, 2015, leaving behind his two sons, who were aged 8 and 15 at the time.

During Fahey’s four-day trial last week, his attorney argued that the purported member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club felt threatened by Boudreau and acted in self-defense.

It took the jury 90 minutes on Tuesday to return a guilty verdict. Fahey will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

Speaking to reporters outside court after Thursday’s sentencing, Kathleen Boudreau called Fahey a ‘bad-ass bully’ and said she and her family were satisfied with the jury’s verdict.

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