August 4, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tim Connolly 508-368-7236
WORCESTER – A Worcester man was sentenced to 5 to 7 years in state prison today for violating the terms of his probation on his conviction for armed assault with intent to murder, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
Hector Pineiro, 25, of 598 Franklin St., was also found in violation of probation on his convictions for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; possession of a loaded firearm not at home or at work; possession of ammunition without a FID card; and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act.
Superior Court Judge Daniel M. Wrenn imposed the prison sentence on the violation of probation on the armed assault with intent to murder conviction. On the other violations, the judge declared the probation was unsuccessful and terminated it.
Assistant District Attorney Timothy Westerman and Probation Officer Melissa Charlton recommended a sentence of 10 to 12 years in state prison and a period of probation after Pineiro’s release. Defense attorney Joan Fund recommended a House of Correction sentence of one year.
In February, the Worcester Police Gang Unit arrested Pineiro in connection with a shooting on Shrewsbury Street. At the time Pineiro was on probation after he pleaded guilty in a 2011 shooting. In February pursuant to a search warrant, a loaded handgun, crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and an amount of cash were seized from Pineiro’s home.
The charges from that February arrest are still pending.