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Jury finds Dennis Rosa-Roman guilty of murdering Amanda Plasse

(Western Mass News file photo) (Western Mass News file photo)
Amanda Plasse (Family photo) Amanda Plasse (Family photo)
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

The man charged with the murder of Amanda Plasse has been found guilty by a jury of 12 people. 

Dennis Rosa-Roman was in Hampden Superior Court facing the judge Friday morning when the verdict was read. The jury found him guilty of first degree murder in her death. 

Plasse was murdered in her Chicopee apartment nearly five years ago.

More than two years later, Rosa-Roman was arrested and charged with her murder. 

"It's been a long road and it's time for my healing to begin," said Michelle Mathieson, Amanda's mother. 

His attorney, Donald Frank, said that it was another man, a drug dealer, and not Rosa-Roman who stabbed Plasse to death.

But in her closing statement yesterday to the jury, Assistant District Attorney Karen Bell said the evidence in this case proved beyond a reasonable doubt who killed Plasse.

"This defendant and only this defendant (Rosa-Roman) killed Amanda Plasse on August 26, 2011," Bell said.

The Commonwealth said that Plasse struggled with her killer and fought for her life and that's why Rosa-Roman's DNA was under her fingernails.

The jury with their guilty verdict Friday, have agreed with that finding.

Dennis Rosa-Roman will face sentencing on Tuesday at 9 a.m. so Amanda Plasse's family can give their impact statements. Western Mass News plans to be there to cover those court proceedings.  

"It's just a relief. It's time now for me to stand by my family," said Mathieson. 

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