For Immediate Release - February 10, 2017

Peabody Man Convicted of Manslaughter

A Salem Superior Court jury convicted a 61-year old Peabody man today of voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of his 55 year-old girlfriend in June of 2015.  Judge Thomas Drechsler will impose a sentence on February 23 at 2:00 pm.

Brandon Hoar was charged with first degree murder after Peabody Police responded to his home at 1 Gates Road on June 16, 2015 for a well-being check.  They found the defendant sitting on the front steps and Cheryl Young, his girlfriend of 25 years, in the living room with a knife protruding from her chest.  The victim’s 5 year old granddaughter, who was the subject of a custody hearing that day in Salem Probate Court, was asleep in the master bedroom.  The defendant told police that he had stabbed her the day before.

The Commonwealth was represented by Essex Assistant District Attorneys Cristina Ronan and Kate MacDougall.  ADAs Ronan and MacDougall thanked Massachusetts State Police Trooper Tony LoPilato and Peabody Police Officers Joseph Coupe, Bruce Bowden, Joe Gilroy and Bob Mahoney for their diligent work on the investigation.  Essex Victim Advocate Maria Arroyo-Long provided assistance to Ms. Young’s family.

The defendant, who faces up to 20 years in prison, was represented by Attorney Drew Segadelli.  The defendant remains in custody.