December 13, 2016
BOSTON — A Revere man was convicted on Tuesday of fatally stabbing John Barrientos, 50, in his East Boston building and dragging his body into a nearby alley, said Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
Cristian Santa, 25, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter after a three-week trial for the 2012 stabbing death. He had initially been charged with first-degree murder.
Santa will be sentenced Friday by Superior Court Judge Christine Roach. He faces up to 20 years in state prison.
Barrientos’ body was discovered in an alley near 220 Chelsea St. in East Boston on the morning of May 4, 2012. He had suffered blunt force trauma and stab wounds.
Boston police found a trail of blood leading to the building’s basement, where prosecutors said the victim was killed.
Prosecutors said Santa and Barrientos had been drinking together at the Chelsea Street building where the victim lived on the night of May 3. Witnesses reported hearing screams and thuds at about 5 a.m. the following morning.
According to the prosecutor’s case, Santa called an acquaintance for a ride to his Revere home around 6 a.m. The man saw a lot of blood on Santa’s clothing but Santa refused an offer to go to the hospital. DNA testing on blood left in the car and collected at the Santa’s house on Shirley St. matched the victim, according to the testimony at trial.
Fingerprints left in the blood and four of the bloody fingerprints at the Chelsea Street apartment were matched to the defendant.