Bayside Man Gets 21 Years for Murdering Mom

Bayside Man Gets 21 Years for Murdering Mom

A Bayside man last week was sentenced to 21 years in prison for bludgeoning his mother to death, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Matthew Devlin, 50, pleaded guilty in April to first-degree manslaughter. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision.

Devlin admitted that he had argued with his mother and brother on the evening of Feb. 12, 2011, Brown said. Following the disagreement, Devlin used an aluminum baseball bat and struck 79-year-old Betty Ann Devlin in the head several times. She was later found in her second-floor bedroom with extensive head injuries, taken to an area hospital in critical condition and placed in a medically-induced coma. Betty Ann died five days later.

Devlin’s brother, John, then 54, was also attacked with the bat and suffered a head wound, which required 35 staples to close.

Brown called it a “senseless and horrifying act,” adding that Devlin “has proven that he is unfit to live in a civilized society.”


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