For Immediate Release - January 27, 2012

Lynn Man Guilty of First Degree Murder

A Lawrence Superior Court jury this afternoon found Darkens Bonnett, 20, of Lynn, guilty of first degree murder for the shooting death of Vincent Gaskins, 30, also of Lynn.  The jury deliberated for just over four hours following the six-day trial before returning its verdict.

Judge Howard Whitehead will sentence Bonnett on Monday morning.  First degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. 

Essex Assistant District Attorney James Gubitose, who was second seated by Essex Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Kirshenbaum, proved that early on the morning of  November 22, 2009, Bonnett shot Gaskins in the head on Market Street in Lynn. 

Gaskins was rushed to Salem Hospital, and then airlifted to a Boston hospital where he died a few days later. 

Gubitose praised the investigative work of Lynn Police and State Police detectives assigned to the office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.  He also thanked Victim/Witness Advocate Theresa Gay for her work with the victim’s family and witnesses.

In a separate matter, Bonnett is scheduled to stand trial on February 27, on charges of armed assault with intent to rob, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, receiving stolen property, and two counts of carrying a firearm without a license.  Those charges stem from two separate incidents on May, 18, 2010, when he allegedly shot a man in an attempt to rob him, and then broke into a home in Lynn.   

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