Man convicted of double murder, arson
By Buffy Spencer - The Republican
Tuesday December 11, 2007
SPRINGFIELD - A Hampden Superior Court jury today convicted Brian K.
Cavitt of murdering an elderly couple and setting fire to their Carew
Street home, a double slaying that Cavitt admitted commiting following
At Cavitt's sentencing today, the 24-year-old man admitted he killed
the couple. Judge Judd J. Carhart had warned Cavitt he should speak to
his lawyer William J. O'Neil before he spoke, but Cavitt refused.
"I did kill them," he said of Edelmira Miranda, 67, and Milagros R.
Rosario, 69. "I didn't want to."
When the verdict was announced many of the about two dozen family
members and friends of the victims, in court through the trial with
Victim-Witness Advocate Kathleen O'Connor, cried.
Cavitt said during the sentencing that he did not force himself into
the Carew Street apartment on May 5, 2006. He said Rosario let him in,
but when Rosario found out he was running from police "he tried to kick
Cavitt said he did not want to go back to prison and that was what
was in his mind at the time of the murders. "I've been doing this prison
since I was 17," he said.
Cavitt had listened to impact statements from two daughters of the
couple, Maria Milagros Miranda and Omayra Santos.
Miranda said, "How could he do this? He is nothing but a monster, a
cold-blooded killer and he has no remorse for what he did. He thinks he
killed two elderly people that were worthless, but he killed our Mom and
Dad, Grandma and Grandpa."
Cavitt, of Springfield, was also found guilty of one count each of
arson, armed robbery while masked and assault and battery. The armed
robbery was at the Big Y supermarket and he was trying to hide from
police when he went to the apartment of the couple, whom he did not
The arson count is from the at least two fires Cavitt set to cover
evidence, including one fire set on Eldelmira Miranda's bedclothes as
she lay in bed and one near Rosario's body.
Maria Miranda talked about the grief and shock from thinking her
parents were dead from a fire, and then learning that their parents had
been stabbed to death and the fires were set.
"I can't imagine how scared my father and mother were when the
defendant entered their home and as my mother lay on her bed listening
to him killing my father, how horrible that must have been for her
knowing she would be next to die," Miranda said.
Cavitt said he knew he had to serve a life sentence without parole
for the murders, and he accepts that.
"I'm not necessarily a monster. I'm a little screwed up," he said.
Assistant District Attorney Brett J. Vottero said that even though
the life sentence for one count of murder does not offer the possibility
of parole, he wanted to ask for consecutive life sentences as a symbolic
recognition of each victim.
Carhart sentenced Cavitt to consecutive life sentences on each count
of murder and another consecutive 20-25 year sentence on the armed
robbery count, to begin after the consecutive life sentences.
Miranda said in her statement to the court that her whole family has
been "traumatized with the horrific death our parents had to go through."
The main message in the statements from Miranda and Santos was the
love that the couple gave to all in their sphere. But the statements
talked about the emotional scarring that family members believe will
"My parents were generous, loving, caring, honest human beings,"
Santos said. "They didn't care who you were. If you needed anything from
them, they would lend us a helping hand."
Miranda described her parents, who fell in love when they were
living in the same building in the mid-1970s. Rosario worked for 30
years as a machine operator, while Edelmira Miranda relished her role as
homemaker, mother, foster mother and mother figure.
Edelmira Miranda had had two strokes and needed a hospital bed and
wheelchair. Maria Miranda said that she once told her mother she could
not see her life without her.
Maria Miranda said, "And she said, 'Honey, if God decides it's time
for me to leave this world, I will go knowing that all my children are
grown and they can take care of themselves."
Cavitt Guilty in Springfield Double
By Matt DeLucia - CBS3Springfield.com
December 11, 2007
Brian Cavitt broke down as he heard the first murder
verdict. The Hampden Superior Court jury found Cavitt guilty on five of
the six charges he was facing, including two counts of first degree
murder, arson, masked armed robbery and assault and battery.
Cavitt, 24, was on trial for the murders of Milagros
Rosario, 69, and Edelmira Miranda, 67, of Springfield. He stabbed the
two in their Carew Street home and then set the house on fire on May 5,
Emotions were strong in the courtroom as the verdict
brought some closure to the family of dozens.
"We're happy that he'll never hurt anyone else again,"
said Maria Miranda, daughter of Rosario and Miranda.
During the sentencing phase came a shocking twist as
the victims' family heard from Cavitt himself.
In his statement, he admitted he killed the couple.
"I wanted him to admit that he killed my parents, and
that's what he did today... he said he wasn't a monster, but he is a
monster," said Maria. "He killed my mother and my father in cold blood."
A similar response came from Assistant District
Attorney Brett Vottero:
"I think the crimes and the verdict tell us
everything we need to know about Brian Cavitt."
Cavitt was sentenced to the mandatory double life
term for the murder charges. He received additional terms for the
following charges. The victims' family now says they will move on as
they did when they first learned of the murders... together as a family.
"We're a big family... my sisters and me," said Josť.
"We always talk about our parents. We will never forget about our
parents and that helps a lot, just to talk about them."
Cavitt will serve his double-life sentence at
Massachusetts Correctional Institution - Cedar Junction.