Lynn Men Found Guilty of Carjacking & Intent to Murder
Luis Espinosa, 31 and Brian Rivera, 23 were convicted yesterday by an Essex Superior Court jury of armed assault with intent to murder, armed robbery, armed carjacking, kidnapping and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the December 22, 2008 attack on a Lynn food delivery man.
At today’s sentencing hearing in Salem Superior Court, Judge Howard Whitehead sentenced Espinosa to 15–25 years in state prison and Rivera to 8-12 years state prison followed by 5 years probation. Rivera was ordered to stay away and have no contact with the victim or witnesses in the case, remain drug and alcohol free, obtain his GED and seek employment during his probation.
During the four day trial, Essex Assistant District Attorney Kim Faitella proved that Espinosa and Rivera flagged down Miguel Segura, 34, of Lynn, who was delivering food for a local restaurant and asked for a ride. After he made a delivery, they attacked him, took control of his car and robbed him of $1400, a cell phone and his wallet. They threatened to kill him and dump his body in a lake. After he escaped, they fired shots at him while he ran away from the car.
In his victim impact statement made at today’s hearing, Mr. Segura stated that he has suffered emotionally as a result of the attack and that he doesn’t feel safe when he is on the street. Citing this statement as well as the severity of the crime, Faitella recommended 12 to 15 years for Rivera and 15 to 18 for Espinosa. “Mr. Segura is a hard-working man trying to support his wife and children,” Faitella said.
Faitella thanked Swampscott Police Officer Saverio Caruso and Detective Tim Cassidy, Lynn Police Detective Steve Pohle and Massachusetts State Police Trooper Tony Schena for their assistance in the investigation. Essex Victim Witness Advocate Maria Arroyo-Long provided services and support to Mr. Segura.
Espinosa was represented by Attorney Kirk Bransfield and received 1,231 days credit for time served. Rivera was represented by Attorney Mark Schmidt and received 129 days credit for time served. He had been on home confinement while the trial was pending.