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Sex offender pleads guilt to West Springfield murder of 10-year-old child in 1966

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Sex offender pleads guilt to West Springfield murder of 10-year-old child in 1966


Donald Mars admitted to manslaughter in Hampden, Massachusetts, on Thursday. Nearly 58-years after repeatedly hitting 10-year old Betty Lou Zukowski, he dumped the girl in a West Springfield river.

“After 57 years, 11 months and six days, we finally have answers regarding the tragic, untimely death of 10-year-old Betty Lou in 1966,” Gulluni said at a press conference Thursday afternoon. “Through the diligent efforts of many people, Donald Mars pled guilty today to the killing of Betty Lou Zukowski on the river bank of the Westfield River in the town of West Springfield on May 26, 1966.”

Donald Mars, 75 of Bedford, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Hampden Superior court on Thursday morning. Mars was previously indicted by a Hampden County Grand Jury for his involvement in the young girl’s death in November 2022.

Mars was sentenced two and half years in jail, followed by a two-year probationary period and registration as a sex offender of level 3. Gulluni noted that Mars had already served a significant portion of his sentence during his time in prison.

Both of Betty Lou’s parents are deceased, but two of her cousins attended the press conference…



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