Massachusetts teen found guilty of murdering math teacher

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Philip Chism, 15, pleaded not guilty on a new rape charge tied to the alleged killing of teacher Colleen Ritzer. Ritzer was his math teacher at Danvers High School.

DANVERS, Mass. — A jury in Massachusetts has found Philip Chism guilty of first-degree murder in the 2013 killing of his high school math teacher, Colleen Ritzer.

The jurors in Essex Superior Court on Tuesday also found Chism guilty of armed robbery.

Chism was charged as an adult and faces life in prison with the possibility of parole between 15 and 25 years, according to Carrie Kimball Monahan from the Essex District Attorney’s Press Office.

Teacher Killed / Family Photo

Collen Ritzer

Chism, now 16, was charged with killing Ritzer, 24, with a box cutter in a bathroom at Danvers High School on October 22, 2013.

Ritzer’s body was found a day later in woods near the school.

The verdict is still being read.

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