Gang member sentenced for ’03 shootings

By Maria Chutchian
Globe Correspondent / October 27, 2009

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A Dorchester gang member was sentenced to two 10-year prison terms yesterday for his role in two deaths stemming from a 2003 shooting, said Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

Daniel Fernandes, 24, pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter for driving the vehicle from which gunmen fired shots that killed one man and wounded another, according to a statement from Conley’s office.

Jose DaVeiga of Dorchester died in the shooting. The second victim, Christopher Carvalho, also of Dorchester, survived but was severely wounded. He died in 2007 at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain.

Fernandes and the driver of a second vehicle involved, Carlos Silva, 26, were indicted as accessories to the shootings in 2006 and agreed to testify against the alleged gunmen, Odair Fernandes, Henrique Lopes, and Jose Lopes, all 26 and from Dorchester.

Instead, Daniel Fernandes and Silva fled the Boston area, forcing prosecutors to withdraw the murder charges against Henrique and Jose Lopes, the statement said. Odair Fernandes was convicted of murder in the shootings.

Daniel Fernandes turned himself in on advice from his lawyer, said Conley spokesman Jake Wark. He will serve his two sentences concurrently.

Silva remains a fugitive.

The gunmen and the friends of the victims were members of two rival groups in Dorchester’s Cape Verdean community, the district attorney said.

On April 28, 2003, the gunmen were informed that some of their rivals were at a nightclub in Chinatown.

Daniel Fernandes, Odair Fernandes, and Henrique Lopes drove to the club in one car, and Silva and Jose Lopes drove in another.

When DaVeiga and Carvalho left the club, the five men followed them along Albany Street to the East Berkeley Street intersection. As the victims’ car slowed for a red light, Silva pulled up beside it and Jose Lopes allegedly fired several shots at them.

The victims attempted to pull away, but they struck a parked car. Daniel Fernandes then pulled up beside the victims’ car and Odair Fernandes and Henrique Lopes fired multiple shots, according to Conley.

DaVeiga and Carvalho were transported to Boston Medical Center. DaVeiga was pronounced dead at the hospital. Carvalho, who was shot twice in the head and neck, remained hospitalized for the next four years. He died on Sept. 23, 2007.

Odair Fernandes is serving life without parole plus an additional 18 years. Conley said prosecutors have not ruled out reindicting Henrique and Jose Lopes on murder charges and adding a homicide charge for Carvalho’s death.

Correction: Because of a reporting error, this story about a Dorchester gang member being sentenced for his role in two deaths in 2003 incorrectly reported that the two victims, Jose DaVeiga and Christopher Carvalho, were members, along with the gunmen, of two rival groups in Dorchester's Cape Verdean community. The two victims were not members, but were friends with members of one of the groups.