Man sentenced to life in prison for murder and arson

By: The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to prison for killing another man and setting fire to a shed with the body inside.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says Matthew Gumkowski, formerly of West Warwick, was sentenced Tuesday in Providence Superior Court to life behind bars plus a consecutive 45 years.

A jury found Gumkowski guilty in June of first-degree murder and first-degree arson.             

Prosecutors say the 34-year-old Gumkowski killed Michael DiRaimo on May 11, 2011, by slitting his throat. Gumkowski then set fire to a utility shed with DiRaimo’s body inside.             

Prosecutors believe Gumkowski and the 42-year-old DiRaimo exchanged sex for drugs and DiRaimo had threatened to expose the relationship. 

Gumkowski is already serving a life sentence for the July 2011 killing of 50-year-old Joseph Kilrow in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

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