For Immediate Release - June 04, 2008

Lynn Man Sentenced In Slaying Of A Father And Daughter

A man who shot a father and daughter to death in their Lynn apartment will spend the rest of his life in state prison. Lawrence Superior Court Judge Richard Welch this morning sentenced Pytou Heang, 28, of Lynn, to two consecutive life sentences in state prison without the possibility of parole.

A 12-person jury had found Heang guilty of the slayings late yesterday afternoon. The jury deliberated for 24 hours over four days before returning the guilty verdicts, following the six-day trial. Heang was also found guilty of armed home invasion and carrying a firearm without a license.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Carolanne Hillis proved that just after 11 p.m. on May 16, 2005, Heang was one of three men who forced their way into the 58 Cottage Street apartment of Robert Finnerty, 47, where he lived with his wife Judith, and their daughter, Amy Dumas, 16. Earlier that evening, one of the men had bought marijuana at the residence.

Almost immediately after the men entered, Mr. Finnerty was shot once in the chest and Amy was shot twice in the back. He was pronounced dead within the hour at Union Hospital in Lynn. Amy died shortly after midnight at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The defendants were arrested within days of the shootings.

Hillis lauded the investigative work of Lynn Police, and State Police assigned to the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett. Lead investigators on the case were Lynn Police Detective Steve Pohle and State Police Sgt. Barry Brodette. Hillis also praised the work of Victim/Witness Advocate Alexis Medeiras, who assisted family members and witnesses throughout the court proceedings.

Two other defendants, Chon Son, 22, of Saugus, and Phap Buth, 33, of Revere, will each be tried separately on identical charges.

Heang was represented by Attorney John P. Moss, Jr.