For Immediate Release - August 14, 2006

Appeals Court affirms Rape Conviction of Anthony T. Piver

District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that the Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed the Rape conviction of Anthony Piver, formerly of Brockton, MA. The charge arose from the abduction of a twenty-year old woman as she entered her car at the Cape Cod Mall parking lot in 1987.

The victim was forced to drive to a wooded area in Yarmouth where she was raped. The case was the first CODIS (DNA Database) case tried in Barnstable County. The defendant was convicted in May, 2005, and received a 12-15 year State prison sentence. The Appeals Court rejected defense arguments regarding the Judge's instructions to the jury and the statute of limitations.

"The DNA database was instrumental in solving a case which would otherwise have gone unsolved. I am happy the victim received some justice in this case," said Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Welsh III, the trial prosecutor in the case. The Appeal was handled by Assistant District Attorney Julia Holler.