Franklin Conza guilty of first degree murder; sentenced to life in prison

December 13, 2021 -Springfield- Today, Frankiln Conza was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, after a Hampden County Superior Court Jury found him guilty of, First Degree Murder, in the 2018 stabbing death of Mr. Carlos Santos, this past Friday.

on Friday, May 18, 2018, the Ludlow Police Department responded to the Ludlow Central Bakery located at 270 East Street, for a reported stabbing. When officers arrived they found the victim, Mr. Carlos Santos suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was rushed to Baystate Medical Centerwhere he was pronounced deceased as a result of his injuries.

Franklin Conza remained at the scene when officers arrived and was taken into custody, but not before violently fighting with officers.

Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, ““The quick response and excellent investigation by both the Ludlow Police Department and Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to my office led to a successful prosecution, directed by Assistant District Attorney Mary Sandstrom. I would like to thank and commend ADA Sandstrom for her outstanding effort and skillful work in securing this guilty verdict and justice for Mr. Santos’s family, and friends.”

Assistant District Attorney Mary Sandstrom, along with, appellate counsel ADA Travis Lynch, successfully represented the Commonwealth in this case.

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