Two sentenced in Saugus bank robbery that ended with deadly shootout

Two men have been sentenced to life plus a concurrent sentence of 30 to 35 years for a 2012 bank robbery in Saugus that ended in a shootout in Malden in which a third suspect was killed, Essex County prosecutors said.

Michael Ginnetti, 40, of Winthrop and Gabriel Megna, 49, of East Boston won’t be eligible for parole for 30 years, said Essex district attorney’s spokeswoman Carrie Kimball Monahan.


The men were convicted Tuesday of multiple charges, including armed and masked robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, prosecutors said in a statement.

Ginnetti and William Ekasala robbed a bank in Saugus on March 23, 2012, then fled in a car driven by Megna. The robbers led Saugus police on a high-speed chase into Malden and then abandoned the car. Megna and Ekasala then allegedly carjacked a car driven by a woman with a 5-month-old baby in the back, but abandoned that car, too. Ekasala attempted to carjack two other people, but was fatally wounded in an exchange of gunfire with police, prosecutors said. Ginnetti and Megna were captured.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Kim Faitella, citing the defendants’ lengthy criminal records, argued that they were “the very definition of career criminals and there is no way to protect the public from these individuals but to incarcerate them for life.”

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