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Man gets up to 20 years in prison in killing of woman who was found dead in Worcester

WORCESTER, Mass. — A man has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison in connection with the killing of a woman who was found dead in a lake in Worcester.

Joseph Dalrymple, 37, of Shrewsbury, pled guilty Tuesday in Worcester Superior Court to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 38-year-old Marlene Bleau, according to Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early.

Bleau lifeless body was found face down in Lake Quinsigamond around Lake Avenue on July 28, 2018. An autopsy showed Bleau died as a result of mechanical asphyxia.

Dalrymple as the last person seen with Bleau the night before her body was discovered, according to investigators. He was arrested days later.

Authorities located surveillance video and collected witness statements as part of the investigation.

The COVID-19 pandemic and a legal delay pushed Dalrymple’s trial back from March 2022.

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