A Suffolk Superior Court jury wasted little time finding Edward Corliss guilty of first-degree murder today for killing Tedeschi clerk Surendra Dangol, who gave Corliss everything he asked for during a December, 2009 holdup, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Corliss will be formally sentenced on Thursday, but first-degree murder convictions carry a mandatory life term without possibility of parole. Corliss was on parole for murdering a Salisbury store clerk in 1971 when he gunned down Dangol, a Nepali immigrant working to bring his family to the United States. It was Corliss's parole officer who led police to him, after he noticed Corliss was driving a car with an Obama bumper sticker, which he found odd for a criminal from Somerville.
Corliss, whose criminal record dates to 1962, originally faced another trial on charges he tried to hire a fellow inmate to murder his wife, who drove him away from the Tedeschi as Dangol lay dying inside the store. Prosecutors, however, dropped that case.