For Immediate Release - February 11, 2011

Cabrera Guilty Of Second Degree Murder

A Salem Superior Court jury this morning found Jose Cabrera, 20, of Lynn, guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of Tony Pich, 22, of Lynn.

Judge David Lowy sentenced Cabrera to the mandatory term of life in state prison. He will be eligible for parole after he has served 15 years.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Kristen Buxton proved that in the early morning hours of November 1, 2008, Cabrera shot Pich in front of the victim's home in a gang related shooting. Pich was a former member of the Oriental Street Boyz, and Cabrera was a member of the Deuce Boyz/Soldiers gang, although he denied that affiliation.

Members of Cabrera's family reacted angrily to the verdict and were restrained by at least 15-20 Court Officers, Lynn, Salem and State police officers, before being ushered out of the courtroom, two in handcuffs. Cabrera also had to be restrained by police after attempting to charge toward spectators in the gallery.

Carbrera was represented by Attorney Jeffrey Karp.

Buxton praised the investigative work of Lynn and State Police, and lauded Victim/Witness Advocate Elida Hem for her work in assisting the victim's family through the court process and trial.