For Immediate Release - June 30, 2008

Revere Man Convicted Of First Degree Murder For Shooting Deaths Of Lynn Father And Daugther

A Lawrence Superior Court jury today found Phap Buth, 33, of Revere, guilty of two counts of first degree murder for the shooting deaths of a Lynn father and daughter. Buth was convicted of first degree murder on the theory of felony murder. The jury deliberated for 4 ½ hours before returning its verdict, following the week-long trial.

Judge Richard Welch sentenced Buth to two consecutive life terms in state prison without the possibility of parole.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Carolanne Hillis proved that just after 11 o'clock on the night of May 16, 2005, Buth 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. Mr. Finnerty 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.

Buth's two co-defendants were convicted of the murders earlier this month. Pytou Heang, 28, of Lynn, was found guilty after trial of two counts of first degree murder and home invasion. He was sentenced to two consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole.

Chon Son, 22, of Saugus, pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree murder, and a charge of home invasion. He was sentenced to life in prison for the murders, and to 27-35 years for the home invasion. He will have to serve at least 27 years before he is parole eligible.

Prosecutor 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.

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