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Daniel Randall convicted in stabbing death of two friends, assault of a third

A North Attleborough man will spend life in prison for stabbing two of his friends to death and wounding another in 2019.

According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s office, Daniel Randall, 23, was convicted by a jury on July 26 of two counts of first-degree murder, one count of mayhem and one count of armed assault with intent to murder.

Judge Thomas J. Perrino of New Bedford Superior Court sentenced Randall to two consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole and an additional sentence of 18 to 20 years.

Prosecutors said Randall murdered 21-year-olds Aidan Hanrahan and Joshua Lemken, 21. The third victim, 21-year-old Erik Lundstedt was stabbed by Randall but survived.

According to a police report, on the night of Aug. 29, 2019, Randall, Hanrahan, Lemken, and Lundstedt were celebrating Hanrahan’s 21st birthday.

All four were heading to Randall’s house on Birch Road to wait for Hanrahan’s uncle to take them to the casino.

According to a police report, Hanahan’s uncle arrived at the house at 8:30 p.m. that night and found Lundstedt running out of Randall’s house covered in blood with stab wounds in his neck and stomach.

According to court documents, at 8:37 p.m. police received a call from Randall, who said, “I need help. I’m in North Attleborough near the Honey Dew. I killed someone.”

Officers arrived on Birch Street and found Randall covered in blood.

When police entered Randall’s home, they found Hanrahan lying over the end of a bed with a stab wound to his neck and Lemken lying by the stairs with stab wounds to his abdomen.

Hanrahan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lemken was transported to Rhode Island Hospital but later died after succumbing to his injuries.

Randall was arrested and arraigned in an Attleboro Superior Court the following day, entering a not guilty plea.

In his testimony, Randall told investigators he was acting in self-defense, claiming his three friends were trying to jump him over a bag of marijuana. Per a police report, none of the victims had any weapons on them during the night of the stabbings.

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