March 7, 2013: Nate Fujita was found guilty of first degree murder, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the July 2011 killing of Lauren Astley.
Statement from Malcolm Astley and Mary Dunne about preventing future violence against women:
Statement of Mary Dunne and Malcolm Astley Regarding the Trial Concerning Lauren Astley’s Death
We want to express our gratitude to the district attorney’s office, the courts, and the jurors for their diligent pursuit of justice. We experience immense grief and outrage at the absence of Lauren’s sparkle, at her pain and murder. We are appalled at the similar murders of so many other women within supposedly loving relationships, three murders per day in our country. Through the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund, we resolve to turn that pain and outrage into caring and sound prevention. We will seek to promote appropriate instruction in healthy relationships at all grade levels in Massachusetts. Thank you for your concern for and coverage of these matters.
Impact Statements from Lauren’s parents are available online here:
A statement from Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone is online here
A collection of news articles covering the trial, verdict and sentencing is available online here