Man convicted in 2012 fatal stabbing
BRIDGEPORT - A former city man is facing up to 20 years in prison after he was found guilty of fatally stabbing another man during a street fight in 2012.
The jury of six men and six woman deliberated for a day and a half before finding 56-year-old Mario Chavez not guilty of murder but guilty of first-degree manslaughter on Thursday in the death of 23-year-old Francisco Barbosa.
The Barbosa family, who had sat in the courtroom during the week-long trial, declined comment after the verdict.
Chavez, who showed no emotion as the verdict was announced, is scheduled to be sentenced by Superior Court Judge Earl Richards on Jan. 12.
“The jury worked conscientiously to reach the appropriate verdict,” Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Michael DeJoseph said later.
Barbosa was initially hailed as a Good Samaritan who intervened to help a woman who was being assaulted when he was fatally stabbed on May 27, 2012. However, the evidence at trial gave a different story.
Chavez had stopped his car at the intersection of Pembroke and Arctic streets at about 2 a.m. and let two occupants out, according to testimony. A fight then broke out in the street between a number of men.
Attracted by the fight, Barbosa approached Chavez’s car and ended up taking a chain from Chavez’s neck, witnesses testified. Chavez then got out of his car and stabbed Barbosa in the chest.
Clutching his chest in an attempt to stop the gushing blood, Barbosa stumbled the half block down Arctic Street to the New Era Sports Cafe, where he had friends. He exerted his remaining strength to pound on the locked door before collapsing, police said.
Police said Chavez’s chain was later found in Barbosa’s pocket.
Chavez was arrested in Florida in December 2014.