For Immediate Release - January 26, 2012

Lynn Attorney Pleads Guilty to Destroying Court Documents

Ilya Ablavsky, 33, of Lynn, pleaded guilty today in Salem Superior Court to tampering with a record, document or other object for use in an official proceeding. 

Ablavsky was a licensed attorney when on November 3, 2010, he appeared in the clerk’s office at Salem Superior Court, presented his identification, and asked to see the file pertaining to murder defendant Jose Cabrera of Lynn.  Ablavsky left with the file when no one was looking and disposed of the court records.

He then called Cabrera’s attorney, Jeffrey Karp, to tell him what he had done.  Karp immediately contacted the Essex District Attorney's Office to report that the file had been destroyed.

Judge David Lowy sentenced Ablavsky to 18 months in the House of Correction, with 64 days to be served.  That sentence was deemed served, and the balance was suspended for two years with probation.  The judge ordered Ablavsky to continue to receive counseling to address his mental health issues.  Ablavsky’s license to practice law is currently suspended.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Greg Friedholm asked the court to sentence Ablavsky to two years in the House of Correction, nine months to be served and the balance suspended for two years with probation.  Defense Attorney Ronald Ranta requested that the case be continued without a finding.

The stolen file was able to be reconstructed, and on February 11, 2011, Cabrera, 21, was found guilty of second degree murder for the shooting death Tony Pich, 22, of Lynn.  He was sentenced to life in state prison, and will be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.