BOSTON - A Bridgeport, Conn. man was sentenced today to 29.5 years in federal prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot in which he shot a woman multiple times, in her own driveway.
In September 2011, Dorian J. Membreno, 28, pleaded guilty to murder-for-hire, as well as carrying, using or possessing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence. The offenses occurred in March 2010 in Pembroke, Mass. Judge Joseph L. Tauro sentenced Membreno to 355 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Membreno is also subject to deportation upon release from prison.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said, “The physical and emotional impact that this incident had on the victim, and her family, is profound. I commend her for having the courage to face the defendant and address the court about the impact that this crime has had on her life. Mr. Membreno will now pay a very big price for his intentional and deliberate act to murder her.”
On March 23, 2010, Membreno was hired by another individual to drive to Pembroke from Conn., to kill the victim for a fee. When the victim pulled into her driveway that evening, Membreno approached her car and shot at her five times, hitting her twice. Membreno fled the scene and was stopped by Hanover (Mass.) Police, who recovered the firearm, along with ammunition, photographs of the victim and driving directions from Connecticut to the victim’s place of employment in Hanover.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Guy N. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Boston; Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz; Colonel Marian J. McGovern, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Pembroke Police Chief Michael T. Ohrenberger; and Hanover Police Chief Walter L. Sweeney made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan in Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.