February 19, 2020 -Springfield Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni announced today that a Hampden Superior Court Jury has found Pedro Vazquez, 45, of Springfield, guilty of second degree murder. The Defendant has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years, which is the maximum sentence for a second degree murder conviction.
The murder charge stemmed from a homicide that occurred on January 5, 2015. Officers from the Springfield Police Department responded to Scott Street in Springfield where they discovered the victim, later identified as Ms. Yahaira Hernandez of Springfield, shot in her vehicle.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “The great work by the Springfield Police Department’s Homicide Unit lead to a swift arrest and now successful prosecution. I would like to thank and commend Assistant District Attorneys Max Bennett and Kate McMahon for their outstanding effort and skillful work. The tireless work of our police and prosecution team secured justice for Yahaira and her family.”
Assistant District Attorney and Chief Trial Counsel Max Bennett prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth; Assistant District Attorney and Chief of Appeals Kate McMahon served as appellate/second chair.