An immigrant charged Monday with the grisly murder of two Boston doctors reportedly had years earlier burglarized the same bank on two separate occasions and received 364 in jail days as a result — a sentence just one day short of legally justifying his deportation.
Bampumim Teixeira’s ex-girlfriend told the Boston Globe that he was released from prison in April when the rest of his sentence was suspended after serving 9 months. She also says Teixeira, 30, was born in Guinea-Bissau and grew up in Cape Verde, a nearby island country off the west coast of Africa, before moving to Boston in his 20s.
The judge for the prior cases — believed to be Associate Justice Lisa Grant — sentenced Teixeira to 364 days following a pair of burglaries at the same bank in 2014 and 2016, according to the Boston Herald. Massachusetts state law mandates that burglary with a sentence of at least 1 year leads to deportation of an immigrant, or at least substantially increases chances of immigration status review. Jake Wark, the spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, told The Daily Caller News Foundation that he is fairly certain that Judge Lisa Grant presided over Teixeira’s criminal case in 2016, but he did not specify which justice, an important distinction since there are two judges named Lisa Grant in the Boston municipal court system.
Judge Lisa Ann Grant released a 32 year-old Uber driver during arraignment who was charged with raping a passenger in October, allowing him to leave without posting bail, according to Boston CBS. The suspect, Michael Vedrine, reportedly admitted to having sexual intercourse with the woman, but claims his accuser was “extremely drunk” and consented to the act.
The DCNF tried to contact both of the Grants’ respective offices several times, but was told they were either not present at the moment or the calls went unanswered. TheDCNF also reached out to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to ascertain Teixeira’s immigration status.
“ICE has no legal position with regard to this individual at this time, although we will continue to monitor the matter in case his criminal charges change his legal disposition,” an ICE official told TheDCNF.
Police responded to a call Friday that an armed man was in an upscale Boston apartment building. Upon arrival, law enforcement inspected the apartment and two police officers eventually opened fire on Teixeira because they believe he “either pointed or fired a weapon at them,” according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors said during the initial court proceedings he did not shoot at the police, despite original reports. Wark told TheDCNF that this is true and that investigators felt it was important to clarify how the situation unfolded.
After law enforcement arrested an unruly Teixeira, who reportedly was wearing black clothes and dark gloves, a SWAT team surveyed the apartment to ensure that no other shooters were present. The authorities found no accomplices, but did discover the bodies of Field, 50, and his fiancee Lina Bolanos, 38, dead with their hands bound and throats slashed, according to the Boston Globe. The walls were allegedly smeared with blood and featured a vindictive message (although it is not clear if the note itself was written in blood). A backpack full of jewelry was also discovered at the crime scene, reports the Boston Globe.
Teixeira pleaded not guilty to the latest alleged crimes and presiding Judge Michael Bolden ordered that he be held without bail.
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