Robert B. Vacher Conviction
District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that a Barnstable Superior court jury, after a three week trial, found Robert B. Vacher, (DOB: 11/20/88) of Yarmouth, guilty of Murder in the first degree in connection with the 2008 death of Jordan Mendes, age 16 of Hyannis. The jury convicted Robert Vacher of first degree murder on the theories of deliberate premeditation, felony murder and extreme atrocity or cruelty.
The burning body of Jordan Mendes was found in a pit off Jennifer Lane in Hyannis on December 16, 2008. The investigation determined Mendes died as a result of a gun shot and multiple stab wounds.
Superior Court Judge Robert C. Rufo sentenced the defendant to life without parole in state prison at MCI Cedar Junction. The jury also convicted the defendant of Armed Robbery, two counts of Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Improper Disposal of a Body and received maximum state prison sentences on those charges, concurrent.
District Attorney O'Keefe said, "This is a tragic case given the age of the defendant. However, this level of violence must be answered by the community and it has been by this jury. This is an object lesson particularly for young people about where involvement with drugs can lead".
DA O'Keefe also praised Chief Paul MacDonald of the Barnstable Police and his department who along with the State Police Detectives from the District Attorney's Office investigated this case. Assistant District Attorney Lisa Edmonds and Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Bright prosecuted the case.