WOBURN – Former Framingham resident Marcelo Mota, 37, currently housed in MCI Gardner, pled guilty this week in connection with a 2003 armed assault inside a Hopkinton woman’s home, according to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Hopkinton Chief of Police Edward Lee .
Mota pled guilty to armed burglary, armed assault in a dwelling, assault with intent to rape, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of threatening to commit a crime.
Judge Laurence Pierce sentenced the defendant to 20-24 years in State Prison to run concurrent with the sentence the defendant received out of Worcester County.
“This plea is a culmination of years of hard work by police and prosecutors to ensure that the defendant’s crimes in Massachusetts did not go unanswered for,” said District Attorney Ryan. “This case is an example of the dedication and commitment of law enforcement officials to ensuring that perpetrators of crimes in their communities do not go unpunished.”
Chief Lee said “this investigation showcases the gold standard of multi-jurisdictional collaboration in the criminal justice system.”
On August, 14, 2003, at approximately 10:30 p.m., a woman in Hopkinton awoke to find the defendant, who had broken into her home, holding a knife over her.
The victim struggled with the defendant, receiving injuries from the knife before physically throwing him out of her home.
After the victim called the police, an investigation began. It was determined that the assault was consistent with other assaults that had taken place in nearby residences in Westboro.
A manhunt ensued for the defendant, spanning several years.
In 2007, based on forensic evidence obtained in New Jersey, both the DNA from the Westboro assaults and a fingerprint from the Hopkinton assault were linked to this defendant.
He was subsequently placed in Massachusetts custody on June 11, 2014 and arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on these charges on August 6, 2014.
The prosecutor assigned to this case was Assistant District Attorney Suzanne Kontz. The Victim Witness Advocate was Anne Foley.