Thursday, February 27, 2014
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A ranking member of a western Massachusetts chapter of the Hells Angels was sentenced Monday to three consecutive life terms for killing three men, then dismembering and burying the bodies.
Adam Lee Hall, 36, of Peru, Mass., was sentenced in Hampden Superior Court after being convicted Friday of first-degree murder and other charges in the August 2011 deaths of David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell.
Under state law, first-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
Hall’s crimes were “filled with depravity and disregard for human dignity,” Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder said after families and friends of the victims read statements in court.
Hall wanted Glasser dead so he couldn’t testify against him in an assault case, authorities said.
Frampton and Chadwell were killed simply so there would be no witnesses, prosecutors said.
“Over the course of years David Glasser was stalked, intimidated, beaten, framed, abducted, murdered and mutilated,” Kinder said. “His friends Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell were shot, stabbed, dismembered ... simply because they had the misfortune of being there when Mr. Glasser got abducted.”
Glasser had a mental disability that made him particularly vulnerable, Kinder said.
The bodies of all three men were found weeks later buried in Becket.
Hall deserved “no more mercy or consideration” than he gave to his victims, Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless said.
Hall was tried in Hampden County after defense lawyers said that the publicity the case received in Berkshire County would have made it difficult for him to receive a fair trial.
Hall lawyer Alan Black said at trial there was no physical evidence tying his client to the deaths. He has not commented on the verdict but said at sentencing that his client had a loving family and had a very minor criminal record.
Three other men face charges in the case — two for allegedly playing a role in the murders, and a third for allegedly helping dispose of the bodies.