Lynn man given two life sentences in deaths of kin

A 25-year-old Lynn man was sentenced Monday in Essex Superior Court to two consecutive life sentences without parole for killing his mother and grandmother in 2012, prosecutors said.

Joseph Wright, 25, was convicted of two counts of first-
degree murder, for slashing the throats of his mother, Donna Breau, 54, and grandmother, Melba Trahant, 83, on April 30, 2012. He dumped their bodies behind the Lynnhurst Elementary School in Saugus and drove his grandmother’s car to Canada, Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett’s office said in a statement.

When he arrived at the border, Canadian authorities brought him to a secondary screening area. At that point, he fled on foot. He was apprehended by Canadian law enforcement and returned to Massachusetts, prosecutors said.


“This is a just verdict and sentence,” Blodgett said. “This was a brutal and senseless slaying of two women in their own home by their own son and grandson.”

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Wright was represented by Attorney John Morris, who said his client was very sorry.

“As far as I know, his grandmother was the only person in his life he cared about,” Morris said by telephone. “He had taken too many drugs. He didn’t know what he was doing.”

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@
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