A Massachusetts man killed a motorist because he honked after being blocked in. Now, the killer will spend decades behind bars.
Last month, Fall River Superior Court Judge Daniel O’Shea handed Alexis Silva, 39, a life term in prison with the possibility of parole for the shooting death of Reynaldo Pena, 23.
Silva was found guilty and convicted by a jury of second-degree murder, assault and battery during discharge of a firearm, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm and carrying an illegal firearm.
“This was a senseless killing over a minor motor vehicle confrontation. However, it is no surprise that the defendant responded in the way he did as he has a history of committing firearm offenses and violent crimes. I am pleased the jury held him accountable for murdering the victim and I hope the victim’s family is satisfied that justice was done in this case,” said Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III in a statement, according to WPRI.
On Nov. 11, 2018, officers responded to Malden Street in New Bedford, Massachusetts, after reports of a shooting. When police arrived, they found the victim by his car on the street with a gunshot wound.
Later, Pena was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to prosecutors, Pena was driving along Malden Street when he was blocked by Silva’s 2012 white Lexus and another vehicle. As a result, the victim honked a couple of times while the other car moved from his path before he sped past.
Infuriated, the defendant followed Pena to Shawmut Avenue, where he parked his car before shooting Pena as he got out of the vehicle.
Later, investigators identified Silva fleeing from the white Lexus on Bank Street in video footage from a surveillance camera. As a result, the defendant was on the run from authorities until he surrendered himself five months later, reported South Coast Today.
Pena will be eligible for parole after serving 20 years.