May 19, 2016 -Springfield, MA- Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni announced today a guilty plea which found Gilberto Rivera of Holyoke guilty on charges relating to ten house breaks and one motor vehicle break over a four month period in late 2013.
The case against Mr. Rivera consisted of three separate indictments and twenty-four counts stemming from eleven breaking and entering. The charges he was convicted on included: Breaking and Entering Larcenies, Unarmed Robbery on a Person over Sixty and Assault and Battery on a Person over Sixty.
Regarding these cases; three victims were home at the time the break-ins occurred, seven were over age sixty, two were assaulted and one was blind.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “I am pleased to announce this sentencing and congratulate ADA Maida Wassermann on a job well done.” District Attorney Gulluni went on to say, “This case is a demonstration that my office will hold to full accountability those who attempt to diminish our quality of life in Hampden County. Defendants who violate citizens’ households, and thereby their sense of safety and security, will face the full force of the law and be the subject of aggressive prosecution.”
All of the cases were solved by utilizing DNA or fingerprints based upon the processing of all the crime scenes by the Holyoke Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab.
At his sentencing hearing this morning Rivera was sentenced to 9-12 years in MCI Cedar Junction.
The case was heard in Hampden Superior Court and was prosecuted by ADA Maida Wassermann.