Dec 3, 2015 1:10 PM

Dion sentenced for murder of parents, setting fire to their Manchester home

MANCHESTER – Matthew Dion has been sentenced to two consecutive terms of 30 years to life for the murders of his parents, Constance and Robert Dion.

Dion admitted to killing his parents in their Manchester home in March 2014 and then setting it on fire.

“As he said [Dion] he couldn’t keep two bodies in the basement any longer and he had to do something to try and destroy the evidence,” said Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin.

Family and friends lined the court room watching and waiting for any sign of remorse from Dion after pleading guilty to killing both parents.

"They were very well liked by their friends and family, and they had a tight knit social circle,” said Strelzin.

Dion’s ex-finance, Pam Focosi, spoke to the judge on behalf of family members both living and deceased.

"Is it worth being labeled for the rest of your life as a monster and a murderer,” said Focosi.

The pair had children together. Focosi said their son still asks about his father.

"What am I supposed to say to him,” she said. “That your dad has a kind heart but a murderer's sick mind?"

As she closed her emotional statement Focosi was able to tell Dion and the court that he deserved a life sentence.

“This is what you deserve," she said. "This was your choice, and I’m grateful that you are behind bars so that you cannot hurt, manipulate or steal from anyone again.


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