Julia Enright is a killer from Ashburnham, Massachusetts who would murder Brandon Chicklis inside of a treehouse
According to court documents Julia Enright would lure Brandon Chicklis to a treehouse next to her home in Ashburnham Massachusetts. When Brandon arrived he would be stabbed to death. Enright would then wrap up his body in a tarp and would dump the body in New Hampshire
Julia Enright would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for twenty five years
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Julia Enright will serve the maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years in the 2018 slaying of Brandon Chicklis, which prosecutors argued she carried out as a “surprise gift” for her boyfriend, a judge has ruled.
Judge Daniel Wrenn handed down the sentence on Friday morning after hearing statements from nine family members and friends about how Chicklis’s murder has affected their lives. All asked for the harshest penalties allowable by law.
Chicklis, 20, was stabbed to death inside a treehouse on June 23, 2018, on a property next door to Enright’s Packard Hill Road home in Ashburnham. Enright, now 25, was 21 at the time of the killing and had dated Chicklis when the two rode the bus together to Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School.
His body — wrapped in a blanket, a tarp, and a beige canvas sheet — was discovered by a jogger 17 days later on July 10, 2018 on the side of Route 119 in Rindge, New Hampshire.
“Every day when drive to work, I get to choose: Do I drive by where she dumped my son’s body today, or do I drive by where she dumped his car?” Chicklis’s mother, Trisha Edwards-Lamarche, told the judge.
She described her first-born son as “kind and gentle” as she wondered “why” Enright chose to take his life on that “sunny day.”
His father, Paul Chicklis, described Enright as a “demon” who befriended his son and visited his family home countless times before eventually turning on him and taking his life.
Chicklis’s grandmother, Louisa Rocha, says “since his tragic death,” she’s worn a necklace with a bumble bee locket containing some of his remains.
“I love you Brandon, you’ll always be my bumble bee,”she told the judge, using the nickname she gave Chicklis when he was just a 1 week old.
A jury found Enright guilty of second-degree murder on Nov. 29 after three full days of deliberation.
“There is not a day that goes by that don’t think about this or don’t wish I could go back,” Enright said Friday, addressing the court on her own behalf in hopes of earning the minimum sentence. “Maybe you need to hear me say this: I’m sorry to everyone. His parents, his siblings, his loved ones, my parents, friends, everyone.”
Dressed in a beige cardigan and with her hair pulled tightly back in a ponytail, Enright was unwavering as she turned slightly to address Chicklis’s family, never once speaking his name in her nearly five-minute statement.
“I want you to know how much I’ve thought about everything. I need you to know I mean it. I need you to know that every night I pray for my family. I’m praying for yours too,” Enright said.
But the convicted killer, while pleading for a lighter sentence, said “I won’t lie and pretend like being with my family and loved ones isn’t the only thing I want.”
After the judge handed down the strictest sentence possible, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early said “today’s sentencing doesn’t remove the pain experienced by the Chicklis family after losing their loved one, but we hope it brings a measure of justice for this young man and his family.”
The Chicklis family in a statement after the sentencing on Friday said they “are grateful and appreciative of the dedication and hard work by all the law enforcement agencies involved and the prosecutors and victim witness advocates who helped seek justice for Brandon.
Enright faced a life sentence with the opportunity for parole no sooner than 15 years — which her attorney argued for unsuccessfully. She was initially slated for sentencing in January at the height of the omicron coronavirus wave, but prosecutors pushed the date for “COVID-related issues.”
Julia Enright admitted her boyfriend, Jonathan Lind, helped her transport and dump Chicklis’s body while testifying on the stand during her trial. Prosecutors presented evidence of Lind’s cell phone being pinged in the area on the day of the murder where Chicklis’s body was later found.
Lind was arrested in December two weeks after Enright was found guilty. He pleaded not guilty to four charges in connection with Chicklis’s death on Feb. 16 in Worcester Superior Court. He is currently out on bail awaiting trial.
Julia Enright’s first court appearance back in 2018 was on what would have been Chicklis’s 21st birthday.
Instead of cake and candles, his family was in court awaiting Enright’s arraignment.
“That’s how we celebrated his birthday,” his grandmother said.
“Brandon was a kind young man that was loved, is missed, and will always remain in our hearts,” reads his obituary.