The tragic Bella Bond case is finally coming to a close, with one of the murderers getting a prison sentence. Michael McCarthy, then boyfriend of Bella’s mother Rachelle Bond, was found guilty of second degree murder by the jury. Being sentenced to second degree murder will allow McCarthy to be eligible for parole after 15 years of a life sentence.
According to Bella’s mother Rachelle, McCarthy punched Bond in the stomach so hard she bounced off the mattress. McCarthy was supposedly a believer in the occult, and believed Bond was a “demon” and that it was “her time to die.” One of his friends testified against him, stating that he would lock Bella in a closet to “discipline her.”
McCarthy’s lawyer stated that Rachelle Bond was the real killer, calling her a “monster” stating that she made up a “web of lies” to blame McCarthy according to NBC News. Bond had made a deal to testify against McCarthy, in exchange for a lighter sentence, which will take place in a future date. The lawyer of McCarthy stated that the deal the court made with Rachelle Bond was one with the devil, and that she was the true killer of Bella Bond.
An audio file to show McCarthy’s supposed innocence had him comfort Bella Bond, after she woke up from a nightmare about monsters. McCarthy had advised her to kill the monsters with love, which the lawyer stated didn’t work. “His advice did not work,” Shapiro said. “In the end, the monster came for this little girl — and it was her mother.”
Bella’s mother claimed that she was threatened with violence by McCarthy, which is why she didn’t tell the police about her daughter’s death. McCarthy’s former friend Michael Sprinksy called McCarthy a “sick psychopath who got what he deserved,” and was relieved by the verdict as reported by the Boston Herald.