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2 Sentenced to Life in Saugus Robbery and Malden Shootout

Michael Ginnetti (left) of Winthrop, at a 2012 arraignment in Lynn District Court.
Michael Ginnetti (left) of Winthrop, at a 2012 arraignment in Lynn District Court.Aram Boghosian/The Boston Globe

A judge handed life sentences to two men convicted of robbing a Saugus Bank and leading police in a chase and shootout. Michael Ginnetti, 40, of Winthrop and Gabriel Megna, 49, of East Boston, were convicted on several charges, including robbery, assault and battery, and weapons charges. Ginnetti was also convicted of using body armor during a felony, according to a statement released by the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

Ginnetti and Megna, along with the deceased William Ekasala, were accused of robbing the Saugus Cooperative Bank at gunpoint on March 23, 2012. Police spotted the getaway car and gave chase as the three men drove into Malden. They men reportedly tried to carjack a women who had an infant in her car, but were unable to drive her stickshift car. During the escape attempt, the suspects opened fire on the officers. Ekasala was shot and killed during the fray.

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