Robert Upton gets life for 2009 murder of Aris Manoloules

Defendant to serve concurrent life sentences
Robert Upton led away in handcuff. File photo by David Curran.

A Barnstable County Superior Court jury Thursday convicted 48-year-old Robert Upton of Ipswich of first degree murder in the death of Aris Manoloules of Framingham. 

Upton was accused of killing Manoloules in his Hyannis vacation home on September 30, 2009.  Authorities charged that Upton, conspired with his brother-in-law, Treefon Manoloules, and his nephew, Christopher Manoloules, to murder Aris over a $3 million inheritance.  Treefon and Aris were brothers.

Aris Manoloules had been shot four times in his Ripple Cove Drive home.

According to a statement from Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe's Office, Upton was convicted of first degree murder, aggravated assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and armed assault in a dwelling.

Friday, Barnstable County Superior Court Judge Gary A. Nickerson sentenced Upton to natural life with no chance of parole on the murder charge, 14-15 years at Cedar Junction, concurrent, for the assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and life, concurrent, for the armed assault in a dwelling, according to the DA's office.

The case was prosecuted by First Assistant District Attorney Brian S. Glenny and Assistant District Attorney Jennifer M. Bright.

The trial lasted eight days.

Treefon Manoloules was tried and acquitted two years ago and Christopher Manoloules awaits trial.

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