*UPDATE *: Keith Luke found guilty of murder and rape

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Keith Luke has been found guilty of two counts of first-degree-murder, aggravated rape, armed home invasion, and several other charges.

He will now serve two consecutive life sentences without parole.

The jury deliberated for about seven hours before reaching a verdict.

Before they entered the deliberation room Wednesday afternoon, defense attorney Joseph Krowski Jr. told jurors that Luke is mentally ill and not criminally responsible for his actions on January 21st, 2009 when he forced his way into a Brockton home, raped a young woman, and proceeded to go on a shooting rampage.

“When he showed up at that door… based on that lifelong dream to rape, torture, and kill there was no way, based upon his mental illness, he could appreciate it—he knew it was wrong, but there was no way he could resist the urge to do it,” said Krowski

But prosecutor Frank Middleton argued that Luke suffers from a severe anti-social personality disorder, not a mental defect or disease, “He wants to inflict pain, it gives him pleasure. He wants to commit crimes because he wants to. He has poor social skills. Boo-hoo. It’s not a mental illness. It’s a desire to rape and kill. Period.”

In a phone interview with Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz, Cruz said Luke should have received a harsher sentence, “He quite honestly is somebody who really should be the current poster boy for why we need the death penalty in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.