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Slocum Found Guilty of Murder and Arson

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A New York man that led police on a multi-state man hunt that came through the county was found guilty of murder and arson on Thursday in Washington County Court in Fort Edward, N.Y..

According to reports from New York new organizations, Matthew Slocum, 24, was found guilty on three counts of second-degree murder, one count of third-degree arson and three other felonies.

Slocum shot and killed his mother, her husband and her husband's son before setting the Eagle Bridge home on fire on July 13, 2011. He then fled the scene, taking his girlfriend and their 4-month-old hostage.

Slocum's defense accused his girlfriend Loretta Colegrove of committing the crime. Colegrove has family living in North Adams and Adams and after the crime police swarmed Berkshire County looking for the 2003 black Ford Mustang he was driving. It was spotted that morning in Adams and police say they made a brief stop in the county to ask an acquaintance for money.

The three were later found in New Hampshire.

Slocum is expected to be sentenced on March 30.
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