BOSTON (WHDH) - A former co-owner of the Sons of Boston bar changed her plea on Tuesday, admitting to accusations that she helped a bouncer charged with the 2022 stabbing death of a Marine veteran.
Alisha Dumeer of Everett pleaded guilty in Suffolk Superior Court as part of a plea deal, over a year after Chicago native and United States Marine Daniel Martinez was stabbed to death outside of the Sons of Boston on March 19.
She was previously indicted on a charge of accessory after the fact to murder, while former bouncer Alvaro Larrama was charged with second-degree murder, accused of stabbing Martinez twice in the chest during a confrontation.
According to prosecutors, Dumeer helped dispose of Larrama’s blood-soaked clothing on the night of the stabbing and gave him new clothes before ushering him out a backdoor.
Prosecutors said police obtained surveillance video proving Dumeer’s guilt, also showing she returned to the trash containing the bloody clothing and attempted to better conceal the evidence.
Prosecutors said Martinez had gone out with friends to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day before he was stabbed.
Police said Dumeer later told detectives she was unaware that there had been a stabbing at the bar.
“Nothing Ms. Dumeer did or could have done would have changed the tragic events of that horrible evening,” Dumeer’s lawyer said.
Martinez’s mother, who was in court on Tuesday, said that feels as if she has a 1,000-pound weight on her chest every morning with the realization that her son will never walk through her door again. She ultimately offered forgiveness for Dumeer.
“I really want to hate you. I really, really want to hate you,” said Apolonia Martinez.
“Ms. Dumeer, I forgive you,” she later said. “I forgive you for trying to rob my family of the truth. I forgive you for trying to rob my family of closure and I forgive you for trying to rob my family of justice.”
Martinez’s sister, Micaela Martinez Newton, also shared a victim impact statement.
“To me, Daniel was my little brother and one of my best friends,” she said. “And it seems to you, Ms. Dumeer, that he was just an inconvenience to you and your business.”
During court proceedings, Dumeer’s lawyer said her client made a terrible decision in the heat of the moment, saying she will regret the decision for the rest of her life.
Dumeer then turned to Martinez and apologized.
“I’m just very sorry,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine this happening to somebody in my family and I’m sad that we’re all here.”
“I give her credit for at least saying she’s sorry,” Martinez later told reporters outside the courtroom. “Whether she meant it or not, only God knows if she really meant it.”
Family members and prosecutors hoped Dumeer would receive jail time as part of her sentence.
While Dumeer will avoid jail time through her plea deal, she will face three years of probation, including six months of home confinement and 300 hours of community service.
In court Tuesday, the judge said nothing about this ruling will have any bearing on how he chooses to rule in Larrama’s case.
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