MDAO – 9/12/2011
WOBURN- A Malden man pleaded guilty to poisoning and strangling his girlfriend, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.
Wilbert Gabriel, 36, of Malden, pleaded guilty on Friday to charges of assault to murder (2 counts), attempted murder, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (2 counts). Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman sentenced the defendant to eight to ten years in state prison on the two counts of assault to murder, to run concurrent. Judge Tuttman also sentenced the defendant to ten years probation to run concurrent on the attempted murder charge with the conditions that he is ordered not to have any direct or indirect contact with the victim, her family, her friends or any witnesses in the case. Additionally, he was sentenced to five years probation from and after the previous sentences on the two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He was also placed on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer.
“This is a troubling, serious case of domestic violence where the defendant attempted to kill the victim by strangling her and pouring a toxic chemical into her mouth, due to jealousy that she wanted to end their relationship,” District Attorney Leone said. “We commend the victim for her courage during the legal process, as this is a paradigmatic case of power and control where the defendant committed life threatening domestic violence. We will continue to work in every way that we can to fight domestic violence and wish the victim a full recovery from the extreme mental and physical suffering she endured at the hands of this defendant.”
According to authorities, on July 25th, 2010, a neighbor called 911 after he heard a woman screaming for help in the apartment building located at 68 Washington Street in Malden. Malden police and Cataldo Ambulance arrived to find the defendant lying on the floor vomiting blood in the hallway outside the victim’s apartment. The female victim, 30, was found in her apartment suffering injuries resulting from the defendant’s attempts to poison and strangle her to death. The defendant and the victim were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for medical treatment.
Further investigation determined the defendant strangled the victim with a ligature until she was unconscious, during which time the defendant bit the victim on her face and back, and poured a toxic substance into her mouth. The defendant then swallowed the same toxic substance. Both the victim and defendant were treated for life-threatening burn injuries. Authorities determined that the defendant planned the attacked after the victim had told him their relationship was over.
The defendant was arrested and arraigned on August 11, 2010 at Massachusetts General Hospital by Malden District Court Judge Lee Johnson and ordered held without bail pending a 58A dangerousness hearing. He was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on September 23. He was arraigned in November 16, 2010 in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn where Clerk Magistrate Michael Sullivan held the defendant on $50,000 cash bail with the conditions that he has no contact with the victim or any witnesses.
The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Keeley. The victim witness advocate is Danielle DeMeo. The paralegal is Chris Irwin. This case was investigated by Malden Police Department.