Johnston Man Sentenced to Life in Prison

May 16, 2013

A former Johnston man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his common-law wife. Donald Greenslit was also sentenced to the maximum allowed by law for several lesser crimes.

A jury found Donald Greenslit guilty of murder, following a nine-day trial in March.  Prosecutors argued that on January 22, 2012 Greenslit murdered Stacie Dorego, his common-law wife. He tried to hide the crime by dismembering the her body and burning it in a fireplace in the basement. The victim’s two children were present at the time of the murder.

The 53-year-old defendant has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder. In addition, Judge Susan McGuirl sentenced him to the maximum allowed on each of the remaining counts: five years for failure to report a death, one year for obstructing a firefighter and one year for violating a no contact order. All sentences will run consecutively.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says the case highlights the problem of domestic violence, which all too often tragically ends in death.

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