NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts — An Easthampton man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend.
Thirty-eight-year-old Ryan Welch was found guilty Monday of killing 39-year-old Jessica Ann Pripstein at her apartment in Easthampton in 2012. He was given the mandatory sentence of life without parole.
Pripstein had called 911, saying her boyfriend was trying to kill her. Welch was also found in the apartment suffering from what police said was a self-inflicted stab wound.
Welch said someone else killed Pripstein, and he tried to kill himself when he discovered her body.
Pripstein's mother, Rochelle Pripstein of Chalfont, Pennsylvania, said in court that her daughter came to western Massachusetts for college and loved the area, where she had many friends. She and other family members also spoke of their loss at a news conference afterward.