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05-10-2017, 06:30 PM
Suffolk prosecutors went along with a plea deal that allowed the man accused of murdering two doctors in their Southie penthouse to keep his green card and avoid deportation — even though he admitted to robbing a bank twice.

At a September plea hearing, a prosecutor and lawyer for Bampumim Teixeira presented a joint motion to reduce the charges against the Chelsea man from two counts of unarmed robbery, to larceny from a person, according to an audio recording of the hearing obtained by the Herald.

Teixeira, who received a green card in 2010, was arrested last July for robbing $212 from a teller at Citizens Bank on Summer Street. Under questioning in that case, he admitted to jacking $600 from the same bank in 2014.

In both cases, Teixeira threatened to shoot up the bank if he didn’t get the money he demanded. Boston police charged him with unarmed robbery in both cases.

The prosecution and defense also recommended Teixeira serve 364 days in jail — nine months to serve, credit for 78 days already served, and the balance suspended for three years. They also recommended his first robbery case be marked “guilty filed,” a resolution that exempted him from immigration penalties

Jake Wark, spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, maintained Teixeira’s sentence was “no more lenient than what would have been imposed on any similarly situated person given the same facts, circumstances and lack of criminal record.”

Wark said prosecutors accepted the reduction from unarmed robbery — which under state law can be punished by life in prison and has no minimum — because an unarmed robbery case requires a grand jury indictment and has to be decided in Superior Court.

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05-11-2017, 08:29 AM
So these deals are being cut for expediency and not for justice. Example, a person who steals a loaf of bread to feed his family should not receive the same punishment as someone who steals a loaf of bread to resell it and buy drugs with the profits. You strike a deal with the first offender so that the punishment equals the crime. You punish the second offender to the fullest extent of the law so that that once again justice is served. A deal should also be offered in return from something like the jailing of a bigger fish or a more copiable individual.

You don't offer a deal just because it's the easiest way to handle something. Justice is then thwarted and in this case two valuable members of society end up with their throats cut.