For Immediate Release - May 09, 2012

Beverly Men Plead Guilty to Manslaughter

Michael Bryson, 51 and Eric Roberts, 35, both homeless, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in Salem Superior Court today in connection with the June 17, 2010 beating death of Bradley Killam.  Judge John Lu sentenced both of them to 17 to 18 years in state prison.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Greg Friedholm said that the two men “had a history of preying on other homeless people in the area.”  Had the case proceeded to trial, Friedholm would have introduced evidence and testimony to prove that Bryson and Roberts kicked and beat Killam to death, in an attempt to rob him, inside an abandoned building at 45 Broadway in Beverly.

Members of Mr. Killam’s family, who was 56, at the time of his death, gave victim impact statements to the court.  They were provided victim services from Essex Victim Witness Advocate Kimberly O’Rourke.

Beverly Police Detective Jeff Liacos and Massachusetts State Police Trooper Brian O’Neill led the investigation. Mr. Bryson was represented by Attorney Ron Ranta and Mr. Roberts was represented by James Coviello.