For Immediate Release - January 20, 2012

Boston Man Guilty of Second Degree Murder

A Salem Superior Court jury this afternoon found Jonathan Rivera, 23, of Boston, guilty of second degree murder for the stabbing death of Shaundell Turner, 30, of Lynn.

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

Judge David Lowy sentenced Rivera to the mandatory term of life in state prison.  Rivera will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

Rivera stabbed Turner once in the chest during a confrontation on April 7, 2010, on Palmer Street in Salem.   The victim was pronounced dead at Salem Hospital at 1:31 p.m.  The confrontation was over Turner’s girlfriend, with whom Rivera had a brief dating relationship.

The case was prosecuted by Essex Assistant District Attorney Kristen Buxton.  Rivera was represented by Attorney Edward Hayden.

Prosecutor Buxton praised the investigative work of the Salem Police Department, and Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.