An immigrant accused of murdering two well-respected Boston doctors was previously arrested for bank robbery, but allowed to remain in the United States.
Bampumim Teixeira, 30, a native of Guinea-Bissau, Africa, has been in the United States as a green card holder since 2010, and was arrested on two charges of unarmed bank robbery in 2016. Teixeira was allowed a plea bargain which enabled him to retain his green card and avoid deportation. He had reportedly robbed the same bank twice – once in 2014 and again in 2016.
Teixeira’s defense attorneys negotiated the plea bargain with prosecutors from the Office of Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and it was accepted by Boston Municipal Court Judge Lisa Anne Grant. The deal allowed Teixeira in 2016 to serve 364 days—one day short of the minimum that would have possibly led to his deportation.
Teixeira’s immigration status is not yet clear, but immigrants in the state can be deported for a number of crimes, including theft or burglary, if sentenced to at least one year. Ironically, Conley is now responsible for investigating and prosecuting Teixeira, the man he set free to allegedly commit the vicious murders of Drs. Richard Field, 49, and Lina Bolanos, 38.
The doctors, who were soon to be married, were found May 5 in Field’s $1.9 million South Boston penthouse in the highly secured Macallen Building with their hands bound and their throats slit. Both victims had been cut up, and the walls were smeared with blood where a message was scrawled.
Prior to his murder, Field texted a friend to call the police, which the friend did. Upon arrival, police were confronted by Teixeira. Believing he was armed, police shot him several times, wounding him. Teixeira told the police that there was another gunman in the condo, but no one else was found on the premises. Police did discover a backpack stuffed with jewelry, presumably belonging to Bolanos.
Teixeira allegedly claimed that he was a security guard, which he was, having previously worked in the same building. His employer, Palladion Services LLC., contended that it conducted a background check on Teixeira and found him “clean.”
In an article published in The Boston Sunday Globe two days after the murder, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh asserted that immigrants help the police with investigations, and boasted about how he is protecting immigrants, both legal and illegal, from federal ICE agents.
Teixeira was arraigned in his hospital room on Monday, May 8.
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