Store clerk killer imprisoned for life

(Courtesy Photo) Edward Corliss.

Edward Corliss was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole last week for the 2009 shooting of store clerk Surendra Dangol during an armed robbery of the Tedeschi’s Food Shop at 783 Centre St.

At the time of the slaying, Corliss, 65, was living in Roslindale, and on parole for second-degree murder for the 1971 killing of a Salisbury store clerk. According to a press release from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, he has a criminal record dating back to the 1960s.

Dangol, a 39-year-old Somerville resident, was a lawyer from Nepal, and was saving up money to bring his wife and daughter over from their native country, the press release says.

The press release quoted Dangol’s wife, Kaplana Dangol and brother Birendra Dangol, as expressing satisfaction with the verdict. “I am happy I got justice. I cannot say anything else,” Kaplana Dangol said.

Surendra Dangol’s brutal, slaying the day after Christmas elicited a strong response in JP at the time.

A few weeks after the slaying, a fund-raiser to support the Dangol family, organized by Brent Refsland of the Hallway Gallery on South Street, reportedly drew overflow crowds and raised over $3,000.

“I thought the community support and outpouring was just amazing,” then-local City Councilor John Tobin told the Gazette at the time. “It was exactly the way you would expect JP to react.”

Following his arrest in Jan. 2010, prosecutors also charged Corliss with plotting to kill his wife—who drove his getaway car—and other witnesses to Dangol’s slaying. A Suffolk Superior Court judge ruled that the evidence presented by prosecutors did not support those charges, and they were dismissed, the press release says.

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