Man sentenced in 1976 Gloucester slaying


LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to 14 to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in a 1976 slaying at a Gloucester funeral home.

The Essex District Attorney's Office said 55-year-old Norman Pike was sentenced in Lawrence Superior Court on Tuesday.

Pike pleaded guilty Monday just before he was to face trial on a first-degree murder charge in the fatal shooting of Eleanor Wadsworth during a robbery at the Pike Funeral Home.

Prosecutors say Pike was one of three men who killed Wadsworth, the funeral home's manager. Pike, the grandson of the business owner, was 19-years-old.

One suspect died before facing trial. Another pleaded guilty to breaking and entering.

Pike was arrested in California in 2010. His lawyer had said he wasn't involved.