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Devlin sentenced to 21 years for killing his Bayside mother

By Tom Momberg

The Queens man accused of using a metal baseball bat to beat his Bayside mother to death in February 2011 was sentenced to 21 years in prison Thursday.

Matthew Devlin, now 50, pleaded guilty in April, admitting that he had an argument with his mother and brother on Feb. 12, 2011, at which time he attacked each of them with the baseball bat, according to Queens DA Richard Brown.

“The defendant has proven he is unfit to live in a civilized society,” Brown said in a statement.

When police arrived on the scene, they found Elizabeth Devlin in a second-floor bathroom with severe head injuries.

Once at the hospital, Elizabeth Devlin was put into a medically-induced into a coma and remained in critical condition until she died from the injuries five days later.

The brother, John Devlin, then 54 years old, also suffered head trauma from the bludgeoning and it took 35 staples to close his wounds.

Matthew Devlin has been jailed for the past four years, held without bail. Upon release, Devlin will have five years of supervision, according to Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder.

Reach reporter Tom Momberg by e-mail at tmomberg@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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