Browning Mejia Appeal
The Massachusetts Appeals Court Affirms Browning Mejia Conviction
Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that the Massachusetts Appeals Court has affirmed the conviction of Browning Mejia, age 29 of Hyannis. The defendant was found guilty in Barnstable Superior Court on April 1, 2011 on two counts of Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon after a four day trial.
In 2009, the defendant and a group of unidentified individuals dressed in black opened fire on a Chevrolet Impala parked on Pontiac Street in Hyannis. The four occupants of the vehicle were awaiting the return of the defendant to complete a drug transaction. Two of the occupants in the vehicle were shot.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court rejected all of the defendant’s claims of error. The defendant argued multiple issues, including challenging the evidence of access to a handgun and the admittance of the defendant’s jailhouse telephone calls. The Appeals Court found no error in the admission of the handgun evidence, and the Court further held that the jailhouse calls were properly admitted for the jury to consider.
The defendant was sentenced to 9-10 years in State Prison, with 20 years of probation, concurrent with the state prison sentence. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Bright was the prosecutor for the defendant’s trial. On appeal, the case was briefed and argued by Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth A. Sweeney.