Newton Teens Face Serious Charges After Waltham Slaying

Two Newton teenagers, 17-year-old Benjamin Peirce and 18-year-old Shaquan Jacobs, were arraigned Wednesday in Superior Court in Woburn on murder, armed robbery and firearms charges. Both pleaded not guilty.

The charges arose from the September fatal shooting of Adam Coveney, a 29-year-old Waltham man. Prosecutors allege that the teens arranged a drug deal with Coveney to rob him of Percocet tablets. Aside from Peirce and Jacobs, two others were allegedly involved. Daniel Louis, a 21-year-old West Roxbury man, and Wallace Duarte, a 17-year-old from Waltham, were arraigned Thursday. Louis faces murder, armed robbery and firearms charges. Duarte was charged as an accessory after the fact to murder.

As you would guess, murder is the most serious of all crimes and is punishable by up to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A conviction for armed robbery could also carry a life prison sentence. The punishment for conviction of firearms charges varies but the penalty is often increased when the gun was used in connection with a robbery. Accessory after the fact is punishable by up to 7 years in the state prison. Facing these penalties, the stakes could not be higher for these young men.

The Boston Globe: Newton teens arraigned in Waltham slaying

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