For Immediate Release - November 28, 2014

Elton J. Sanches Conviction

           District Attorney Michael O’Keefe and Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald announced that Elton J. Sanches (d.o.b. 09/18/1992) of West Yarmouth was convicted in Barnstable Superior Court of Armed Assault with the Intent to Kill, Mayhem, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Possession of a Firearm without a Firearm Identification License, and Possession of Ammunition without a License.   The dangerous weapon involved was a loaded handgun.  After a jury trial lasting several days, the jury returned their verdict yesterday.  Today the Honorable Judge Cornelius Moriarty sentenced Elton J. Sanches to 8 – 10 years committed to MCI Cedar Junction, and other lesser sentences to run concurrent with the lead sentence. 

            The charges stem from an incident on the night of December 11, 2012 in the parking lot of Covell’s Beach in Centerville. That night Elton J. Sanches and 4 friends went to the beach parking lot to smoke marijuana.  Sanches asked the victim to step out of the car to talk.  Once out of the car, Sanches produced a handgun from his hooded sweatshirt front pocket and held it at the victim with his surgical gloved hands.  A round went off, missing the victim, and the shell casing became jammed in the chamber of the handgun. Sanches then lunged at the victim, beating him about the head and face with the gun, causing permanent disfigurement.  The victim heard 4 clicks of the gun before breaking free and running over a beach dune to a nearby house looking for help.

            Elton J. Sanches is not a United States citizen and awaits United States immigration consequences.

            The case was investigated by the Barnstable Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Sharon J. Thibeault.