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Seth Mazzaglia leaves Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, N.H., Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014. Mazzaglia, who was convicted of raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student and said he didn't want to listen to the victim's family "yell and whine" at his sentencing hearing about what a monster he is, has dropped his bid to skip the hearing. Lawyers for Mazzaglia withdrew their motion contending that he had a right to skip Thursday's sentencing. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Convicted Killer Seth Mazzaglia raises his hand to take the oath with his lawyer Melissa Davis in Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, N.H. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Mazzaglia, who was convicted of raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student and said he didn't want to listen to the victim's family "yell and whine" at his sentencing hearing about what a monster he is, has dropped his bid to skip the hearing. Lawyers for Mazzaglia withdrew their motion contending that he had a right to skip Thursday's sentencing. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
FILE - In this Tuesday, June 17, 2014, file photo, Seth Mazzaglia gets ready to leave the courtroom during his trial in Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, N.H. Mazzaglia was convicted on June 27 of first-degree murder and other felonies in the death of Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott of Westborough, Mass. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
Defendent Seth Mazzaglia, right, is lead from the courtroom Friday, June 27, 2014 in Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, N.H. after he was found guilty of murder for the the Oct. 9, 2012 strangulation death of 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott, who was a student at the University of New Hampshire. He will be sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole. (AP Photo/Portsmouth Herald, Rich Beauchesne, Pool)
Defendent Seth Mazzaglia enters the courtroom with defense attorney Melissa Davis Friday, June 27, 2014 in Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, N.H. He was found guilty in the Oct. 9, 2012 of murder for the strangulation death of 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott, who was a student at the University of New Hampshire. Defendent Seth Mazzaglia, left center, enters the courtroom with defense attorney Melissa Davis at the Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, N.H. on Friday, June 27, 2014. He was found guilty of murder Friday in the Oct. 9, 2012 strangulation death of 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott, who was a student at the University of New Hampshire. He will be sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole. (AP Photo/Portsmouth Herald, Rich Beauchesne, Pool)
Seth Mazzaglia gets escorted out of the courtroom as Judge Steven Houran gave his case to jurors for deliberation at Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, N.H., on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Mazzaglia is accused of killing University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott. (AP Photo/Union Leader, David Lane, POOL)
FILE - In a Wednesday, June 18, 2014 file photo, Seth Mazzaglia gets escorted out of the courtroom for lunch break at Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, N.H. Lawyers for Mazzaglia begin their case Monday, June 22, 2014 and move closer to answering the question: Will the defendant testify? Mazzaglia is charged with killing 19-year-old UNH student Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott and dumping her body in the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth. (AP Photo/Union Leader, David Lane, Pool, File)
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By LYNNE TUOHY

DOVER, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire man convicted of raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student who rejected his sexual advances will be sentenced to life in prison.

Family members and friends of Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott, 19, were expected to address the court at the sentencing Thursday for Seth Mazzaglia, 31. He was convicted in June of first-degree murder in the death of Marriott in the apartment he shared with then-girlfriend Kathryn McDonough.

McDonough testified that she lured Marriott to the apartment on Oct. 9, 2012, as a sexual gift to her domineering boyfriend. She is serving 1 ½ to 3 years in prison for hindering prosecution.

Melissa Marriott, the victim's mother, will be the first to speak in court. Also set to speak are Marriott's grandparents, father, girlfriend and other relatives and friends.

Also in attendance are at least eight of the jurors who convicted Mazzaglia.

Mazzaglia wore blue prison garb and was cuffed at the wrists and ankles. A packed courtroom was silent and on a large easel, a large portrait of a beaming Elizabeth Marriott holding out a frog in the palm of her hands was tilted toward Mazzaglia. His parents were also in court, separated from Marriott's relatives and friends by a table where a court security officer sat.

McDonough initially told investigators that Marriott died while the two women were engaged in consensual rough sex. Granted immunity from prosecution, she later said Mazzaglia strangled Marriott after she twice rebuffed him. The pair threw Marriott's body in a river. It's never been found.

In a phone call to his mother from jail last week, Mazzaglia proclaimed his innocence and complained about having to attend the sentencing.

"I already know what everyone's gonna say there so why the hell do I have to be there? And it's a waste of my time," he told his mother, Heather Mazzaglia, in the recorded call. State officials released the transcript Wednesday.

"If I had been found innocent of the big stuff like I should have been, and like I am, now then it might be a different story," he said. "Then, then I might have some sympathy."

"But I'm gonna have to sit there for an hour and a half listening to them yell and whine and bitch and moan and scream about how I'm a monster who killed someone when I'm not," he continued.

He mother tried to convince him he should face the family.

"They're, they're in misery," she said. "I mean they're in agony. Their, their daughter is lost. I would be the same if it were you but, you know, you have to sympathize with what they've lost."

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