One brother suspected in shooting a previous criminal

Yeyson Rivera was convicted of manslaughter

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – One of the suspects in Tuesday’s deadly shooting in Springfield has served time before for taking a life.

Brothers Erik and Yeyson Rivera pleaded not guilty to murder Wednesday in Springfield District Court. They’re charged Tuesday’s shooting death in Springfield’s North End, the city’s 13th homicide this year.

22News called Springfield District Court, and found out that 27 year-old Yeyson Rivera was charged with murder in 2005.

He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 7.5 to 10 years in prison in 2008. The jail did not respond to 22News’ calls to find out when Rivera was released.

Two weeks ago, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno pleaded with trial judges to set higher bails for repeat offenders and impose stricter sentences to keep the community safe.

Lora Warren of West Springfield said, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen such difficult times for both police and for people in the community. And it is very saddening to me.”

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News officers monitor the city streets. If they see someone on probation with known criminals, they contact their probation officer.

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