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On Friday, a Massachusetts jury sentenced Steven Odegard (pictured) to life in prison with no chance for parole for the brutal stabbing death of a young gay Boston man.
Odegard was convicted of killing Daniel Yakovleff, a popular hairstylist who lived in Boston's South End. The two men met at a bar on January 17, 2008, went back to Odegard's Dorchester apartment, and soon Yakovleff was stabbed numerous times. Odegard actually called the police to tell them there was "a dead man in [his] house."
Odegard told police a third man was at his apartment and was responsible for the murder. In July 2009, Odegard filed a motion to dismiss murder charges leveled against him, saying that evidence of the third man was not being investigated by the district attorney's office. The motion was dismissed and the case went forward.
"Dan was my baby," said Peggy Rux, Yakovleff's mother, after the decision was handed down. "He was precious to us. He had a very promising future and he was cut down in his youthful prime."
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