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October 25, 2013

Shooting victim had several past brushes with violence

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In 2008, he was charged in Lawrence District Court with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault to kill and possession of a firearm without a firearms ID card.

The assault to kill and the firearms charges were not prosecuted, but he pleaded guilty to assault and battery, receiving a sentence of 21/2 years in jail suspended for 18 months.

In 2011, he was pulled over on Route 213 in Methuen for speeding and, according to the police report, leading an officer on a chase with speeds up to 120 miles per hour. He was arrested for reckless driving, failing to stop for police and speeding.

According to court records, police seized more nearly $10,000 in cash during that arrest. Officers found $2,760 on him and $7,130 in a backpack in the truck of his black Lexus. The money was mostly $20 bills, according to records.

Methuen police returned his property shortly after his arrest, except for the cash. Rivera’s attorney, noting State Police wanted it held pending an investigation, petitioned to have the money returned because it was not related to any of his charges. The attorney argued that Rivera explained to police that he worked for a tow/scrap business, which was an inconsistent job in a business that accepted and made payments in cash and required him to keep money on him.

The petition was approved. The driving charges were continued without a finding.

Last year, Rivera was arrested in November for not turning off the fog lamps on his car and carrying a knife with a blade longer than three inches. The State Police trooper spotted it when Rivera pulled his wallet out. Rivera told the trooper he carries it because he has gotten stabbed in the past, according to the police report.

The knife charge was dismissed with payment of $100 in court costs.

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