One of the two Chelsea men accused of stabbing their mother’s boyfriend to death inside her Chelsea home was sentenced last week to serve up to 13 years in state prison.
Eugene Teixeira, 23, was convicted last Thursday of manslaughter for the April 29, 2008 stabbing death of 25-year-old Shadeed “Cleo” Wiggins in the home the two shared with Teixeira’s mother and younger brother. The mother was Wiggins’ girlfriend.
During a sentencing hearing in Suffolk Superior Court, Assistant District Attorney Cory Flashner recommended that Teixeira serve 15 years in prison for Superior Court Judge Patrick F. Brady sentenced Teixeira to serve a term of nine to 13 years behind bars.
Teixeira, 23, and his younger brother Aasim Smith, 18, were both charged with second-degree murder for allegedly joining together in the fatal attack on Wiggins in the Chester Avenue apartment that they all shared.
The three had argued earlier because Teixeira was not at work, Smith was not at school, and Wiggins told their mother to eject them from the home. The two left the home, Flashner said, only to return with violent intentions.
“When the defendants ran up those stairs and Eugene Teixeira took that knife and plunged it into Shadeed’s body seven times, that’s murder,” Flashner said. “Aasim Smith was there with a baseball bat ready, willing, and able to assist him. He’s aiding and abetting Eugene Teixeira as that happened.”
Flashner disputed the pair’s claim that they were acting in defense of their mother, whom they claimed to have seen leaning out an apartment window screaming for help.
The defendants’ mother could be heard on a 911 tape calling them expletives, telling a dispatcher that they “bum rushed” her boyfriend, and screaming at the youths that they were “going to jail.” Responding Chelsea Police took abundant photos of the mother, none of which show any bruising, swelling, or recent injuries.
Prior to sentencing, two of Wiggins’ sisters gave statements to the court discussing the loss of their brother.
“We miss him very much as a whole family…this has left a huge void in our lives,” Tammy Matlock told the court. “He was a good brother, and he was a great uncle to my kids.”
Another sister, Shahonna Anderson, spoke next.
“Since the tragic passing of my little brother and best friend Shadeed, I’ve been walking around incomplete,” she said. “Shadeed was more than my brother – he was my best friend and my emotional support team. I told Shadeed everything; all my secrets, goals and dreams – just everything. Shadeed was always there and I could always depend on him. He was my protector when I was weak, my confidant when others failed me.”
Teixeira was represented by attorney George Murphy.