Eric Denson’s first degree murder conviction affirmed by Supreme Judicial Court in the homicide of Conor Reynolds

February 11, 2022 -Springfield-  Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni announced today that the 2011 first degree murder conviction of Eric Denson has been upheld by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  

Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “With great sympathy for the Reynolds family and the tragedy that they suffered, we announce that Eric Denson’s guilty verdict and life sentence have been affirmed by the Supreme Judicial Court. This comes after years of diligence by my office’s Appeals Unit. I would like to thank Assistant District Attorney David Sheppard-Brick for his great work on the appeal.” 

On March 13, 2010, Conor Reynolds was attending a birthday party at a club in Springfield when an altercation occurred between two groups. Conor attempted to intervene as a peacemaker and, while Conor spoke to an adult chaperone at the party, Eric Denson, 32, of Springfield, approached him, unprovoked, and fatally stabbed him.   

Eric Denson was found guilty during a 2011 jury trial in in Hampden Superior Court. He was convicted on charges of: first degree murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Assistant District Attorney David Sheppard-Brick argued the appeal before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on behalf of the Commonwealth.

Attached is the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision.



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