For Immediate Release - December 02, 2011

Lynn Man Sentenced for Manslaughter

Salem Superior Court Judge David Lowy today sentenced Yeison Arias, 21, of Lynn, to 12-14 years in state prison for the stabbing death of Carmelo “Tito” Sandoval, 18, of Lynn.  A jury had found Arias guilty of manslaughter on Monday, November 28. 

The jury had deliberated for six hours over the course of two days before returning its verdict, following the seven day trial.   

Essex Assistant District Attorney James Gubitose, who was second seated by Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Kirshenbaum, had asked the judge to impose a sentence of 15-19 years in state prison, while the defense asked for a term of eight years in state prison. 

Prosecutor Gubitose proved that on April 10, 2009, Arias stabbed the victim in the heart with a knife during a fight at Connery Rink in Lynn.  Sandoval died en route to the hospital.  Arias claimed self-defense at trial.      

Gubitose praised the investigative efforts of Lynn Police Detective Steve Pohle and Massachusetts State Police Trooper Robert LaBarge. 

Arias was represented by Attorney Joseph Boncore.