A Malden man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole for an execution-style double murder in Chelsea on Labor Day 2010, Suffolk County prosecutors said.
Steven Andre, 26, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and other charges in the deaths of Angel Acevedo and Jenret Appleberry, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said.
Acevedo, 25, and Appleberry, 26, were killed in their Chelsea apartment around 2 a.m. Sept. 6, 2010.
All three men were known to local police and had a history of drug dealing, violence, and gang ties, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said Andre was socializing with the victims at their Chester Avenue apartment late Sept. 5 into the early hours of the next day. Without warning, Andre opened fire on the two men, striking Acevedeo three times in the head and Appleberry once in the face and once in the head.
Andre ordered the men’s roommate out of the bedroom where he and his son were hiding. He threatened to kill them if they reported him to the police, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said Andre knew his victims and had planned to kill them for up to three weeks. Andre may have targeted the men to rob them of profits from drug sales, prosecutor John Pappas said at Andre’s arraignment.
Andre had been previously convicted of armed robbery, gun crimes, and assault and battery. In May 2010 he was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, prosecutors said.
He also served 2½ years in jail for shooting two men in 2005 during a gang dispute in Chelsea, according to court records.
At his sentencing, Judge Christine McEvoy imposed two concurrent sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole. She also imposed additional concurrent sentences of life in prison for armed robbery and four to five years for assault with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm, prosecutors said.Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp.