Three life sentences

Below is a picture one of my editors, Jon Hill, took in Woburn Superior Court this afternoon. It is of Ariel Hernandez, 24, of Lowell.

Why is he smirking?

Hernandez was just sentenced to three life sentences. Two of those life sentences come with no chance for parole, and must be served consecutively.

Unless his convictions are overturned, Mr. Hernandez will die in prison. Keep smiling pal.

Hernandez was convicted by a jury of two counts of first degree murder, two counts of armed robbery, armed home invasion, possession of a firearm without an FID, and illegal possession of ammunition, in connection with a botched home invasion at 7 Marshall Terrace, in Lowell, on Oct. 23, 2009.

He was convicted by a jury on Monday of being the shooter who killed Luis “Toni” Delgado, 34, the father of a boy who is now 16-years-old; and Hector Delgado, 37, a father of two. Hector’s daughter hadn’t even been born yet when her father was shot to death.

The armed robbery counts were because he was also convicted of robbing two women on White Street at gunpoint just hours before the murders.

Judge Thomas Billings admitted that serving two life sentences consecutively will not have real effect – Hernandez will die in prison regardless – but Billings said the sentence was symbolic.

“It won’t make a difference, but I do think it’s important to recognize that two lives were taken, and that can only be done symbolically with consecutive sentences,” Billings said.

In addition to the life sentences, Hernandez will serve two sentences of 9 to 12 years for armed robbery; a sentence of 4 to 5 years for possession of a firearm without an FID, and a 2 year sentence in the Billerica House of Correction for illegal possession of ammunition.

Have a nice life Hernandez. Rest in Peace Hector and Toni.

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6 responses to “Three life sentences

  1. Justice closure and yet 3 kids are without their fathers….the real justice begins in Cedar Junction…bet that smirk gets wiped right off of him in a BIG hurry

    • Laquisha I’m glad I got to meet you today. I think you were born with your mother’s strength. Dee is absolutely incredible. She was incredible when Daija lost her dog, and she’s been incredible throughout this ordeal.

      Today in the elevator, when you told me about the money raised for Nancy; I wish you knew how much that type of thing means to me.

      People talk about crime reporters and they say “if it bleeds, it leads,” and they think we’re just jerks who write about tragedy. I write because of things like Nancy’s fundraiser, though.

      I’m glad I write about people who have friends like Nancy did; I’m glad I tell the stories of people like Nancy. I’m glad there are people in this world who care so much about their friends that they’ll raise thousands of dollars to support them when they’re gone, and I’m glad there are people in this world who will tell a judge how much they loved their uncles, even though the sentence is automatic.

      It was very nice to meet you. Please take care of your mother. She’s one of the people who make Lowell the awesome place that it is.

  2. Thank God that these 2 men who have lost there life is not in vein Toni I didnt know to well but Hec, knew him for years neither deserved. My Blessing is with the Mother and the rest of the Family. As far as the rest dont worry. God is always the final Judge my blessings.

    StIcKiYbRoWn

  3. 1st I wanna say thank you to God for not letting these mens murder be in vein. I didnt know toni to well But, Hec was my boy back in the Day, till some things put air between us. My prayers and blessing are with the Mom. This is a void that will never here on earth be filled but keep in mind one day “Mom” youll be with them again. For all of those who dont know God is the True Judge and Judgement day is coming for who ever was in volved. May the Lord contiunue to Bless the Children and Family.

    Written with much Love

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