Colono guilty in home invasion, rape and stabbing

Marcos Colono is seen in a 2003 video from NECN.

Marcos Colono is seen in a 2003 video from NECN.

A Cambridge man has been found guilty in connection with a 2010 Cambridge home invasion and sentenced to up to 85 years in prison, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said today.

Marcos Colono, 35, was found guilty by a Middlesex Superior Court Jury of two counts of home invasion, two counts of aggravated rape of a child with force, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a child and armed assault with the intent to murder.

The Aug. 26, 2010, home invasion on Pearl Street resulted in the stabbing of a 53-year-old Harvard researcher and his young son, and DNA and fingerprint evidence linked Colono – brother of the man stabbed to death in 2003 by Harvard graduate student Alexander Pring-Wilson – to a similar Sept. 21, 2008, violent home invasion and sexual assault of two young women in Brighton.

The verdict came after a 12-day trial in Woburn Superior Court.

Middlesex Superior Court Judge Thomas Billings sentenced the defendant to 60 to 70 years in prison on the home invasion and aggravated rape charges and an additional 14 to 15 years on the assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charges. The defendant was also sentenced to 20 years of probation on the assault with intent to murder charge to run concurrent with the prison sentences. He was ordered to have no contact with any of the prosecution witnesses.

“With today’s verdict, the defendant was found guilty of a vicious, horrific random crime of extreme violence that victimized the father and son he assaulted and placed an entire community in fear,” Leone said. “This crime strikes a chord with every person and every parent who expect and deserve the right to feel safe and secure in their own home. I commend the bravery of the victims in coming forward under such painful circumstances.”

He also credited “the tireless efforts of the Cambridge and Boston police departments, the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab and the Boston Police Department Crime Lab, who worked so cooperatively and diligently to identify the defendant. All of their efforts ensured that today Marcos Colono was held accountable for his heinous actions.”

Colono was listed as being a resident of Woodrow Wilson Court – less than a quarter-mile from the Cambridgeport home police say he broke into at 1 a.m. with a butcher knife to assault an 11-year-old. It was in defending his son, according to information revealed at the arraignment, that the 53-year-old man was stabbed eight to 10 times in the chest and three times in the back.

The son had a single superficial stab wound and made a “frantic” 911 on his father’s cellphone to bring medical and police personnel, Leone has said.

This post took material from a press release.

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