FRAMINGHAM – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Framingham Chief of Police Steven Trask have announced that Bryan Pertarb, 25, of Hudson, pleaded guilty yesterday, November 13, in Middlesex Superior Court to manslaughter in connection with the 2013 shooting death of Juan Lopez, 21, of Framingham.
Judge Bruce Henry sentenced the defendant to 6-12 years in State Prison.
On November 20, 2013, at approximately 11 p.m., Framingham Police responded to a report of a shooting at an apartment complex on Second Street in Framingham. Upon arrival, authorities located the victim, who had been shot once in the chest through a closed window of his motor vehicle. The victim was transported to MetroWest Medical Center where he later died.
Framingham Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office immediately began an investigation. Through their investigation authorities learned Jose Cruz, 21, of Framingham, had arranged to meet the victim at the Second Street complex to buy approximately a half pound of marijuana. Unbeknownst to the victim, a third man, Jeremy Rodriguez, 23, of Framingham, had conspired with Pertarb and Cruz to rob the victim.
When Lopez arrived at the location on Second Street he retrieved marijuana from the trunk of his car and then got into the driver’s seat of his vehicle.
While the victim was seated in the driver’s seat of his motor vehicle, Jeremy Rodriguez, wearing a Halloween mask, approached the driver’s side window and fired one shot into the car striking the victim in the chest. The three defendants then fled.
Authorities subsequently located a black knit ski mask with a white skeleton design on it at the intersection of Homeward Lane and Garden Road in Natick, a short distance from the location of the shooting.
In September of 2018, Jeremy Rodriguez pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, attempting to commit a crime, conspiracy, possession of a firearm without a license, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a loaded firearm. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.
Cruz is charged with murder, attempting to commit a crime and conspiracy. These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The prosecutors assigned to the case are Assistant District Attorneys Christopher Tarrant and Courtney Linnehan.
The Victim Witness Advocate is Lesia Schymonowytsch.