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Charlestown man guilty of 2011 Medford home invasion murder

Posted by Jarret Bencks  June 26, 2013 09:13 AM

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A Charlestown man has been found guilty of murder in a home invasion in Medford in 2011.

Gerald Sullivan, 39, was found guilty by a Middlesex County Superior Court jury Tuesday on a first degree murder charge and seven other charges stemming from the home invasion on Feb. 18, 2011 at 55B Jerome St. that left 37-year-old Johnny Hatch dead and his father, John Vieira, seriously injured.

Wearing masks and holding handguns, Sullivan and another, unidentified suspect, forced open the door of the home at about 10:30 p.m. and demanded jewelry and cash, according to the prosecution. Hatch and his father were shot as they struggled with the invaders. They were both taken to the hospital, where Hatch was pronounced dead and Vieira made a recovery.

Sullivan was not arrested until June 2011, after DNA found at the crime scene was run through a national law enforcement database and Sullivan's came up as a match, according to prosecutors.

"[Sullivan] committed a brutal home invasion during which he murdered Johnny Hatch and severely injured Hatch's father," Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement. "I commend the outstanding work of the Medford Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab who were able to identify this defendant through DNA found on evidence at the scene."

Sullivan is expected to be sentenced on Wednesday by Judge Jane Haggerty in Middlesex County Superior Court in Woburn

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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