SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Denis Rosa-Roman was found guilty of first degree murder for stabbing 20-year-old Amanda Plasse to death.
Prosecutors said that DNA evidence linked Rosa-Roman to the crime nearly 5 years ago. The jury got this case Thursday afternoon, and came back with the verdict 24 hours later.
Plasse was killed inside her Chicopee apartment in 2011. Rosa-Roman insisted that someone else stabbed Plasse, and that he was only trying to help her.
22News spoke with Plasse’s mother, Michelle Plasse. She said, “It’s been a long road and it’s time for my healing to begin. So I’m going to keep my face to the sun just like our sunflowers. I’m not looking back at my shadows.”
Michelle said she’s been waiting for this day for 4 years, 10 months, and 12 days; “It’s just a relief. It’s just a relief. Now it’s time for me to go stand by my family.”
Rosa-Roman will be sentenced on July 12th at 9:00 a.m. The sentence for first degree murder in Massachusetts is life in prison. He’s currently being held without bail.