Crime

Boston man sentenced to life in prison for shooting and killing man at Lawrence house party

Blodgett said this was a “senseless killing” that stole a beloved son, grandson and brother and left two children fatherless.


A Boston man was sentenced to life in prison without parole for shooting and killing a man and wounding the man’s brother at a house party in Lawrence in 2017, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office said Wednesday.

Jeffery Tapia, 28, was found guilty of first degree murder after a five-day trial. He was also found guilty of armed assault with intent to murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, prosecutors said in a statement. Tapia shot two brothers, Jensey and Javier Hernandez at a house party at 234 Bailey St. in Lawrence on July 30, 2017, prosecutors said. Jensey was taken to Lawrence General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Javier, now 31, suffered permanent loss of function of his right arm, the statement said. The shooting stemmed from an altercation at the party in which Javier argued with an associate of Tapia. Investigators found video footage from a neighboring house which showed the altercation and shooting, along with footage of Tapia standing outside of the house party with three women prior to the shooting, the statement said. Prosecutors also presented the jury with an empty holster, and 9 mm shell casing which was consistent with the weapon used in the shooting of the Hernandez brothers.

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