A judge in Springfield, Massachusetts threw the book at David Chalue yesterday.
After deliberating for almost a week and flirting with a mistrial, an exhausted jury convicted Chalue of the murders of David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell last Friday. Judge Jeffrey Kinder told Chalue his “victims were tortured, murdered and mutilated in a way that is depraved,” then sentenced the convicted man to three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. Kinder also sentenced Chalue to serve additional concurrent sentences for witness intimidation and kidnapping.
It is the same sentence Kinder gave Chalue’s co-defendant and apparent mentor Adam Lee Hall last February. At that sentencing, Kinder described the men’s crimes as depraved “beyond my experience.”
In Massachusetts a life sentence without possibility of parole is mandatory for a first degree murder conviction. Massachusetts repealed its death penalty in 1982. The last execution in the state was in 1947.
The Back Story
Chalue, Hall and a third man named Caius Veiovis were accused of murdering Glasser, Frampton and Chadwell in August 2011. The murders were Hall’s idea. Hall was a member of the Berkshire County charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and he was desperate to avoid prison. Glasser was about to testify that Hall had beaten him with a baseball bat in 2009. Hall faced charges of kidnapping, extortion, assault with a dangerous weapon, witness intimidation, illegal possession of a firearm and possession of cocaine with intent to sell.
Hall already had an unglamorous Offender Jacket. He had been accused of pimping three women after he forced them to become prostitutes. In order to prevent Glasser from testifying against him, Hall had ineptly tried to frame Glasser for a robbery in New York. When he was arrested for Glasser’s murder he was in jail on charges of possession of child pornography.
Hall volunteered to inform on his club brothers for the FBI to stay free. When the FBI turned him down, he decided to kill Glasser. He recruited two assistants who were infatuated by Hall’s status as an Angel and who appear to have thought that assisting Hall would provide a fast track to membership in the club.
When Hall, Chalue and Veiovis arrived at Glasser’s apartment they discovered that Frampton and Chadwell were there, too, riding out Hurricane Irene. Frampton and Chadwell were killed because they could connect the three men to Hall. Their dismembered bodies were found in a slit trench a week later. Traces of the victim’s blood was found in Veiovis’ and Chalue’s automobiles.
After the sentencing yesterday Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless said, “Obviously it is not going to bring back David Glasser, Ed Frampton or Robert Chadwell. It won’t even bring closure to their families, something they longed for, but it is justice and it is the most we can ask for.”
Veiovis is scheduled for trial before Judge Kinder next September.