Povez Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

August 10, 2017

Aug. 10, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Paul Jarvey (508) 368-7241


WORCESTER — Janleer Povez was sentenced to 18 years in state prison this afternoon after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the 2008 stabbing death of a Westboro man, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

In addition to manslaughter, Mr. Povez also pleaded guilty to charges arising from his conduct in two trials for the death of Jack A. McGuire, including witness intimidation, threatening, assault and battery on a public employee, assault and battery on a person over 60 and disruption of court proceedings.

Prosecutors recommended a sentence of 21-23 years for all charges. Superior Court Judge Shannon Frison imposed the sentence of 18 years to 18 years and one day recommended by Mr. Povez’s attorney.

Judge Frison sentenced Mr. Povez to 3-5 years in prison on the charges from the two trials. That sentence is to be served at the same time as the sentence she imposed for the manslaughter plea. Assistant District Attorneys John H. Melander Jr. and DonnaMarie Haran had recommended that the 3-5 years be served after the 18-year sentence.

Mr. McGuire died after being stabbed in the thigh on April 21, 2008 by Mr. Povez during an attempted drug robbery on Florence Street in Worcester.

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