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DNA match leads to guilty plea in 2004 Malden home invasion and beating

Posted by Matt Byrne  February 18, 2011 10:04 AM

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A Malden man has pleaded guilty to a 2004 home invasion and assault of an elderly woman in Malden after investigators matched his DNA to a sample in federal offender database, prosecutors said.

Jason Kuczynski, 38, pleaded guilty in Middlesex Superior Court Wednesday to charges of armed burglary and assaunt and battery on a person 60 or older, according to the office of Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone.

Woburn Superior Court Judge Wendie I. Gershengorn sentenced Kuczynski to 15 to 18 years in state prison and 5 years probation, according to Leone's office.

“The defendant committed a heinous assault on an elderly woman after he broke into her own home at random,” Leone said. "By pleading guilty today and admitting his responsibility for his brutal actions, the defendant will be behind bars for the better part of two decades.”

The database that led investigators to Kuczynski, the Combined DNA Index System, collects and centralizes DNA profiles from samples processed in local, state, and federal crime labs, so that other agencies may search it.

Kuczynski was arrested in April 2009 after the DNA match and held without bail at his arraignment in Malden District Court. He was indicted the next month in Middlesex Superior Court.

According to investigators, on Sept. 12, 2004, officers in Malden responded to Marlboro Street about 6 p.m. on a report of someone bleeding. Police found the victim in bed bleeding from several facial injuries, and saw evidence that the home was broken into, according to Leone's office.

Investigators believe that Kuzynski broke through a back patio door and beat and assaulted the elderly victim, Leone's office said.

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