• Four defendants plead guilty to Woburn armed robbery, shooting


    WOBURN, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Four defendants pleaded guilty Monday to charges stemming from the Sept. 6, 2011 masked armed robbery and shooting that severely injured an on-duty Woburn police officer.

    Antonio Matos, 27, of Boston; Hector Baez-Cruz, 23, of Boston; Erianiss Murillo, 18, of Dorchester; and Allegra Martinez, 19, of Providence, R.I., pleaded guilty to numerous charges, including masked armed robbery, armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, larceny, and possession of a firearm while committing a felony.

    Murillo and Martinez also pleaded guilty to misleading a police investigation and being an accessory after the fact to masked armed robbery.

    A judge sentenced the defendants to the following: Matos was sentenced to no less than 25 years and no more than 30 years in state prison. Baez-Cruz was sentenced to no less than 20 years and no more than 25 years in state prison. Martinez and Murillo were sentenced to no less than seven and no more than eight years in state prison.

    All four defendants were sentenced to probation following their prison sentences. They were also ordered to have no contact with any victims or witnesses and to pay restitution for medical expenses and lost wages for the two officers involved in the shooting.

    According to authorities, on September 6, 2011 at approximately 11:06 a.m., Woburn police officers and Massachusetts State Police responded to a reported robbery at 186 Cambridge Road.

    Officer Robert DeNapoli, 51, a 16-year veteran of the Woburn Police Dept., was the first to arrive to the scene and was shot by one of the suspects as they fled with approximately $150,000 worth of jewelry. Officer DeNapoli was transported to an area clinic where he was treated for serious injuries.

    Matos was apprehended by additional officers who arrived at the scene. He was transported to an area clinic for medical treatment.

    Authorities immediately attempted to identify Matos' accomplices. Following an investigation, Baez-Cruz was arrested September 15, 2011. Martinez and Murillo were arrested and arraigned Nov. 23.

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