A Massachusetts man was arrested in connection to yesterday’s deadly home invasion in Winchester that left one man dead and the other seriously injured in what is being called a “targeted” gun attack and robbery.
Wally Jacques Simon, a 30-year-old Medford man, was arrested soon after in Boston. At his arraignment at Woburn District Court yesterday, Simon, was charged with armed assault with intent to murder and home invasion.
In the attack, 50-year-old Christopher A. Barbaro was killed after he was shot in the head. Barbaro’s 48-year-old brother Bryan sustained gunshot wounds to the chest and was robbed. This is the first homicide in Winchester in the last five years.
Massachusetts is one of the few US states with a home invasion statute. Home invasion can be committed when a person enters a home that is occupied by another person without permission to intentionally commit a crime. A person can even be arrested for home invasion by merely threatening to commit this crime.
Chapter 265: Section 18C. Entry of dwelling place; persons present within; weapons; punishment
Section 18C. Whoever knowingly enters the dwelling place of another knowing or having reason to know that one or more persons are present within or knowingly enters the dwelling place of another and remains in such dwelling place knowing or having reason to know that one or more persons are present within while armed with a dangerous weapon, uses force or threatens the imminent use of force upon any person within such dwelling place whether or not injury occurs, or intentionally causes any injury to any person within such dwelling place shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for life or for any term of not less than twenty years.
Simon has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His bail was set at $250,000.
Man arrested in fatal home invasion, Boston Herald, October 25, 2007
Chapter 265: Crimes against the Person, General Laws of Massachusetts
Related Web Resource:
Home Invasionhttps://www.altmanllp.com/index.html, Massachusetts District Attorneys Association
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