Jan. 29 sentencing set for teen who raped, killed teacher

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Philip Chism, left, appears in Salem Superior Court where a judge declared the Massachusetts teenager charged with raping and killing his math teacher competent to stand trial, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Salem, Mass. Chism is charged in the October 2013 rape and slaying of 24-year-old Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer. He was 14 […]

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A judge has ruled that family and friends of a Massachusetts math teacher who was raped and killed by a 14-year-old student may wear pink at his sentencing, but prosecutors and law enforcement may not.

The judge made the decision Tuesday when he scheduled sentencing for Philip Chism for Jan. 29.

Chism, who is now 16, was convicted last week of aggravated rape, robbery and murder in the 2013 death of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer.

Ritzer’s favorite color was pink.

The defense asked the judge to bar people except family from wearing pink to maintain the appearance of “fair and even justice.”

The prosecution called the request “cruel and petty.”

Chism faces life in prison. He could be eligible for parole after 15 to 25 years because he is a juvenile.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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