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Judge Serves Velez 20-Year Prison Term

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@Body:Alfredo Velez, an accomplice in the murder of Yngve K. Raustein Ő94 on Sept. 18, 1992, was sentenced to 12 to 20 years in state prison last Wednesday. In attendance were RausteinŐs parents and VelezŐs mother and young wife.

Superior Court Associate Justice Robert A. Barton explained to Velez the rights he would sacrifice by entering a guilty plea. The Assistant District Attorney read the following account of the evening in question for the record. According to the prosecution, at 9:45 p.m. on the night of the crime, Raustein and Arne Fredheim G, both students from Norway, were walking east along Memorial Drive near Hayden Library when they were confronted by Joseph P. Donovan, then 18, Velez, then 17, and Shon McHugh, then 16.

Donovan, apparently without provocation, punched Raustein, knocking him to the ground. Donovan then robbed Raustein while Velez robbed Fredheim.

When Raustein started to get up, McHugh fatally stabbed him between the ribs. The three youths then fled. Campus police officers arrived soon after and unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate Raustein using CPR. He was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital at 10:05 p.m.

Velez then stated that he agreed with the prosecutionŐs account.

Earlier, Velez had given testimony for the prosecution in the trials of McHugh and Donovan, who were convicted of first degree murder and two counts of armed robbery each. In exchange for his testimony, Velez pleaded to receive a lesser charge of manslaughter and two counts of armed robbery.

McHugh, who was tried as a juvenile, was sentenced to 19 to 20 years in prison Oct. 7. Donovan received a life term in prison Oct. 18.

Jill Reilly, spokesman for the Middlesex County District AttorneyŐs office which prosecuted all three of the defendants, said that the District AttorneyŐs office was Ňcomfortable with the way [the sentencing] worked out.Ó

At VelezŐs sentencing, his attorney asked the judge to consider that Velez was only 18 years old at the time of the crime and had no previous criminal record.

Velez appeared visibly distraught as he read a brief statement prior to receiving the judgeŐs sentence. ŇI stand here to admit my wrongdoing and take the consequences for my actions,Ó Velez said. ŇThere is no way to know when oneŐs actions will result in a death,Ó he said. ŇI make no excuses, and donŐt try to blame others, for what I did.Ó

After the sentencing, Justice Barton, who also presided over the Donovan trial, spoke to RausteinŐs parents, who were in the courtroom. ŇIf I had the power, I would really bring your son back,Ó Barton said.