South Boston man sentenced to life for beating death of 65-year-old

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – A South Boston man was sentenced to life in prison Monday for the beating death of 65-year-old Barbara Tagen.

Adam Cassino, 27, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2011 beating death of Tagen inside her Andrew Square apartment.

Prosecutors proved Cassino used a metal bat to beat Tagen sometime between the victim's last contact with family members on Aug. 23, 2011 and Cassino's involuntary commitment to a drug treatment facility on Aug. 24, 2011.

The investigation into Cassino's involvement began after it was discovered Cassino was accused of stealing prescription pills from another resident of Tagen's apartment building on Aug. 22. As a result of the theft, Cassino was thrown out of his home and stayed with a friend on Aug. 22 and 23.

During the trial, witnesses described Cassino's behavior at the time as erratic and agitated and also testified Cassino was unaccounted for during periods of time on Aug. 23.

Cassino was taken into custody on Aug. 24 after his mother petitioned the court to have him civilly committed. Three days later, Tagen's body was found with massive blunt force trauma injuries to her head. She had been dead for several days.

Cassino told detectives Tagen had offered to sell him prescription pills, but he didn't have any money and never stepped foot in her apartment; however, detectives found traces of blood matching Tagen's DNA on his sneakers, as well as DNA matches on a baseball bat found in Cassino's friend's apartment.

Prior to sentencing, the judge heard victim impact statements from Tagen's grieving relatives, including Tegan's son.

"My beautiful daughters will never have the opportunity to share the things that granddaughters reserve only for their grandmothers, their Nonnie. My sister and I will never be able to call on her for advice or share with her an important moment. Our lives will never be the same," he said.