A Lynn teen, who was originally from
Chelsea, pleaded guilty March 7 as his trial was set to begin on charges that
he opened fire during a party three years ago, killing 19-year-old Pablo
Villeda and injuring six others.
Emanuel Marrero, 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with Pablo Villeda’s March 6, 2016, shooting death, as well as six counts of armed assault with intent to murder and related charges for injuries suffered by six other young people.
Pablo Villeda was killed in an early morning teen party on March 6, 2016 held at a vacant apartment on Washington Avenue. On Thursday, March 7, Emanuel Marrero pleaded guilty in court to his murder.
Judge Linda Giles imposed the mandatory sentence
of life in prison, ordering that he be eligible for parole after 15 years and
that his sentences on the non-fatal shootings be served concurrently. Had he
chosen to go to trial, the defendant – who was 16 at the time of the homicide –
would have faced a first-degree murder charge.
“We accepted this plea because it delivers a
significant measure of accountability for the defendant’s actions, which took
Pablo’s life just as it was ready to begin,” District Attorney Rachael Rollins
said. “It also considers all the potential outcomes at trial and on appeal, as
well as the defendant’s age at the time of the homicide. Nothing we do can
bring Pablo Villeda back to his loving family, but I hope this final result can
at least provide them with closure to this tragic event.”
Chief Brian Kyes said he hopes the prison
sentence will bring closure to the family on what was a tragic night in Chelsea
three years ago.
that they absolutely deserve. Senseless acts of violence like this have
no place in our neighborhoods and we will continue to work with our community
partners to prevent tragedies like this from ever occurring again.”
Chelsea Police responded to 120 Washington
Ave. in the early morning hours of March 6, 2016, for multiple calls reporting
a disturbance at a party held inside a vacant apartment. They arrived to find seven people, ranging in
age from 15 to 22, suffering gunshot wounds.
Pablo was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries; the
surviving victims were treated at Whidden Memorial Hospital and Massachusetts
Assistant District Attorney Julie Higgins of
the DA’s Homicide Unit was prepared to introduce evidence and testimony showing
that the defendant brought a .40 caliber handgun to the party, flaunting it to
several other attendees. At some point, the evidence would have shown, the
defendant confronted the victim and opened fire. Pablo was mortally wounded and
six other people were struck, and fortunately survived their injuries. The
defendant fled the scene but was identified in the course of an exhaustive
investigation by Chelsea Police detectives and the Suffolk County State Police
The defendant was represented by attorney
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