Boston man gets life in prison in stabbing death of gay hairstylist

Yakovleff (left) and Odegard LGBTQ Nation

A Boston man was found guilty Friday of murdering a popular hairstylist he met at a gay bar in 2008 and was immediately sent to prison for life without parole.

Yakovleff (left) and Odegard

Following six days of deliberations, the jury ruled that Steven Odegard, 42, stabbed Daniel Yakovleff, 20, over a dozen times with a foot-long chef’s knife.

Yakovleff had been found stabbed to death in the defendant’s apartment early on the morning of Jan. 17, 2008, and Odegard was subsequently charged with the victim’s murder after turning himself in to the police in December of that year.

“Today’s verdict followed six days of deliberations and four straight weeks of testimony,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said Friday.

“We’re never privy to a jury’s thought process, but it was obvious they gave the case their full attention from the first day of trial to the moment their verdict was announced.”

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