WOBURN (CBS) — Four people charged in connection with robbing a jewelry store and shooting a police officer during their getaway appeared in court Monday to change their pleas.
Antonio Matos, 27, and Hector Baez-Cruz, 23,both of Boston, pleaded guilty to dozens of charges including masked armed robbery, and attempted murder.
Erianiss Murillo, 18, of Dorchester and Allegra Martinez, 19, of Providence, Rhode Island pleaded to conspiracy, plus several charges of being an accessory after the fact.
The four initially pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Matos was sentenced to no less than 25 years to no more than 30 years in state prison with 10 years probation from and after his prison sentence.
Baez-Cruz was sentenced to no less than 20 years to no more than 25 years in state prison and 10 years probation.
Martinez and Murillo were sentenced to seven years in state prison and five years probation.
The charges stem from a robbery and shooting at Musto Jewelers in Woburn around 11 a.m. in September of 2011.
Officer Robert DeNapoli suffered multiple gunshot wounds in both legs and an arm and sustained serious injuries when he pulled up as two guys were taking off out the back door.
DeNapoli got out of his cruiser and police say it was Matos that pulled out a gun and opened fire.
DeNapoli is still recovering from injuries and is blind in one eye as a result of the shooting. He says he will never be able to return to the job he loved so much.
Outside of court Monday, DeNapoli said when you’re a victim of a crime, no sentence feels long enough.
DeNapoli said even though he won’t return to the police force, the shooting has not discouraged his two sons. Both of his sons are in line to be officers.
DeNapoli was awarded with a Hanna Memorial Medal Of Honor in October.