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Donald Greenslit Sentenced to Life for the January 2012 Murder of Stacie Dorego

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced today that Donald Greenslit (age 53), with a last known address of 16 Pershing Road, Johnston, was sentenced by Superior Court Justice Susan E. McGuirl to life for the January 22, 2012 murder of his common-law wife Stacie Dorego.

Greenslit was found guilty by a jury in March 2013 of domestic murder, failure to report a death, obstructing a firefighter and a violation of a no contact order. In addition to the mandatory life sentence for the murder, Justice McGuirl sentenced Greenslit to the maximum allowed on each of the remaining counts; five years for failure to report a death, one year for obstructing a firefighter, and one year for violation of a no contact order, all sentences to run consecutive. Justice McGuirl also ordered Greenslit have no contact with his two minor children for the duration of his sentences.

During the course of the nine-day trial, the State proved beyond a reasonable doubt that on January 22, 2012, Donald Greenslit murdered Stacie Dorego. Greenslit attempted to hide his crime by dismembering the victim and burning her body in a fireplace in the basement. The two children of the victim were present at the time of the murder.

"Stacie Dorego was a mother, daughter, sister and friend. She was loved by many, and Stacie's memory will continue to live on for her family and friends long after the newsprint fades and the headlines are forgotten," said Attorney General Kilmartin. "This case tragically highlights domestic violence and the escalating abuse that all too often ends in death. These are not the quick, unfeeling deaths we see on television shows. These are real human lives cut short. These are families torn asunder. These are murders happening in our towns and our neighborhoods.

"Some of these murders, however, can be avoided with intervention. Effective legal and community intercession can break the cycle of domestic violence before it escalates into serious injury or death, and can provide victims and their children with services that enable them to leave and survive an abusive relationship."

Detectives Thomas Dwyer and James Brady led the investigation on behalf of the Johnston Police Department. Assistant Attorney General Daniel Carr Guglielmo and Special Assistant Attorney General Sara Tindall-Woodman prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.

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Department or agency: Department of the Attorney General

Online: http://www.riag.ri.gov/

Release date: 05-15-2013

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