, Salem, MA

Local News

March 29, 2014

Parole denied in dragging death

Lynn man killed outside Peabody bar in 1998


“The facts establish knowledge, malice and considerable intentional conduct,” the board wrote in a unanimous decision.

Cunha was a part-time manager and Marconi a waitress at the bar, which was on the corner of Central and Walnut streets. Chavez was a regular there. A friend of Chavez, Wilson DaSilva, got into an argument and then a fight with Cunha outside after closing.

A crowd had gathered to watch, and eventually, DaSilva fled. That’s when Chavez suddenly drove into the crowd, directly toward Cunha and Marconi.

It was only as opening statements were about to begin in Newburyport Superior Court the following November that Chavez admitted what he had done, pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

His attorney at the time told Judge Barbara Rouse that Chavez had expressed remorse and said, “He is truly sorry for what occurred.”

But 15 years later, during his parole hearing, the Parole Board disagreed.

“Based on the evidence and convictions, the Parole Board cannot accept Chavez’s testimony that he did not know he struck the victims,” the decision said. “His untruthful testimony, which minimizes his responsibility, is a sign that he is neither remorseful nor rehabilitated.”

The board said Chavez cannot again seek parole for at least five years and recommended that before he comes back before them, he should address issues of “honesty, remorse and victim empathy.”

If he is ever paroled, Chavez will face deportation.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong
Comments Tracker