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Grafton man sentenced to 55 years in roommates’ deaths

A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to 55 years to life in prison for shooting his two roommates in Grafton.

Robert LaCombe Jr. was sentenced Thursday in the June deaths of William Hatch, 24, and Crystal Farnham, 23, whose bodies were discovered in their home.

If he stays out of trouble, he could ask a judge to reduce his minimum sentence by 15 years, The Valley News reported.

Relatives of the victims told LaCombe that they hated him and hoped that he would kill himself in prison.

“You shot my daughter as she tried to get away from you,” said Farnham’s mother, Lisa Hamel. “I will never forgive you. . . . I hope you rot in hell.”

LaCombe told the victims’ families that he understood their anger.

“I was wrong, and I know that. They did not deserve what happened to them,” he said. “I know how bad you guys hate me, but none of you guys hate me more than I hate myself. That I promise you.”

LaCombe blamed the incident on his drug use, but Senior Assistant Attorney General Janice Rundles suggested that he was driven by spite.

Hatch, his childhood friend, and Farnham had become tired of supporting LaCombe and had asked him to leave, Rundle said.

“He was not paying his own way,” Rundles said. “It appears that through most of his adult life the defendant has not only been a drug addict but . . . failed to hold down a job. The victims were fed up, and asked him to leave their apartment, and that’s what caused this whole thing.”

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