Seth Mazzaglia leaves Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, N.H., Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014. Mazzaglia, who was convicted of raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student and said he didn’t want to listen to the victim’s family “yell and whine” at his sentencing hearing about what a monster he is, has dropped his bid to skip the hearing. Lawyers for Mazzaglia withdrew their motion contending that he had a right to skip Thursday’s sentencing. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
FILE – In this Tuesday, June 17, 2014, file photo, Seth Mazzaglia gets ready to leave the courtroom during his trial in Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, N.H. Mazzaglia was convicted on June 27 of first-degree murder and other felonies in the death of Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott of Westborough, Mass. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
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DOVER, N.H. (AP) — The mother of a college student slain two years ago will be the first to address the man convicted of raping and killing her.
Melissa Marriott is Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott’s mother. She’s in court Thursday morning to speak directly to 31-year-old Seth Mazzaglia, the man convicted of killing and raping her 19-year-old daughter on Oct. 9, 2012.
Mazzaglia’s ex-girlfriend, Kathryn McDonough, testified that she lured Marriott, of Westborough, Massachusetts, to his apartment as a sexual gift to her domineering boyfriend. McDonough is serving 1 1/2 to 3 years in prison for hindering prosecution.
Also set to speak before Mazzaglia is sentenced to life in prison are Marriott’s grandparents, father, girlfriend and other relatives and friends.
Also in attendance are at least eight of the jurors who convicted Mazzaglia.