Dorchester Man Arrested for Murder of Hyde Park Man

Mario H. Burns, 37, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, was arrested last evening in connection with the shooting death of a Hyde Park man, Charles Cantave. Charles Cantave shot several times on March 29, 2010, as he sat in his car at a church parking lot on Washington Street in Dorchester.

Burns is scheduled to be arraigned in connection with Cantave’s murder and charged with Accessory After the Fact.

The crime of Accessory After the Fact is governed by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 274, Section 4. In order to be convicted as an Accessory After the Fact, the prosecutor would have to prove that:

  1. The defendant aided, harbored, concealed, or assisted the principal or accessory felon after the commission of the crime;
  2. The defendant knew that the person he was assisted had committed or had been an accessory to the commission of that crime; and
  3. The defendant aided the person in escaping or avoiding detention.

The maximum criminal penalty for the crime of Accessory after the Fact in Massachusetts is up to 7 years in State Prison, 2.5 years in the House of Corrections, and a fine of up to $1,000.

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