FALL RIVER — A 42-year-old Fall River man has been sentenced to life in prison for the brutal 2018 murder of 39-year-old Lance Correia with a hammer.

A spokesperson from the Bristol County District Attorney's Office said Adam Levesque received the life sentence on Wednesday after he was convicted of second degree murder last month for Correia's death.

Levesque will be eligible for parole after 25 years, according to a D.A.'s office spokesperson.

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Levesque was found guilty of murdering Correia with a hammer in August after an eight-day trial.

According to prosecutors, the killing was due to a dispute over $2,000 worth of missing heroin.

Fall River police found the victim covered in blood after being called to a Rock Street apartment on Oct. 9, 2018.

Levesque had attacked Correia with a hammer in a fight over the missing drugs, the office stated.

He was caught and arrested on Oct. 18, 2018 in New York.

"The defendant committed a brutal and senseless murder of his friend over drugs," said Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn.

"He has a violent criminal history and the sentence imposed by the court is well deserved."

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The New Bedford highway murders took place in 1988, with the bodies discovered into 1989. The killer is confirmed to have killed nine women and suspected of murdering at least two more. Although there were at least three different men considered as suspects by the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, the murders remain unsolved and the families of the victims are still searching for closure. The cases are all featured on the unsolved cases page of the Bristol County District Attorney's Office website.

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