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James A. SOARES Jr.





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide - Cocaine addict
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: July 9, 2008
Date of arrest: July 25, 2008
Date of birth: 1984
Victims profile: His parents, James A. Soares, Sr., 60, and Marian F. Soares, 53
Method of murder: Beating with a garden hoe
Location: Warren, Rhode Island, USA
Status: Plead guilty. Sentenced to two consecutive life sentences in prison (minimum 40 years) on July 21, 2010

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James Soares, Jr. was charged on Sunday, July 27, 2008, with bludgeoning his parents, James Soares, Sr. and Marian Soares, to death with a garden hoe.

The bodies of James and Marian Soares were discovered in the backyard septic tank of their Rhode Island home on Saturday, July 26, 2008.

After Marian Soares's sister reported her missing, police went to the Soares home and questioned James Soares, Jr. He told the police his mother had gone to visit a friend in Massachusetts.


Warren couple reported missing more than week

By Meagham Wims - The Providence Journal

Saturday, July 26, 2008

WARREN — The police are looking for a Baltimore Avenue couple who have been missing for more than a week.

For the last three days, state and Warren police have combed the property at 14 Baltimore Ave., home of James A. Soares, 60, and his wife, Marian F. Soares, 53. A search dog was brought to the house Thursday night, a witness said.

Family members had reported the two missing July 15, according a Warren police news release yesterday announcing the Soares’ disappearance.

Cars were parked in the home’s driveway yesterday afternoon. A lone Warren police cruiser and a state-police-crime-unit van were also parked outside. The Warren police yesterday did not return calls seeking more information.

The police describe James Soares as white, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 160 pounds, with dark gray hair and brown eyes. Marian Soares is white, 5 feet 4 inches tall and 165 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on the couple’s whereabouts should call Warren police Detective David Annunziata at (401) 245-1311.

Law-enforcement authorities have twice raided the Soares’ home during criminal investigations.

James Soares was indicted in 2002 on a federal charge of unlawfully possessing firearms as a convicted felon. The police in July of that year seized 12 long rifles, three handguns and about 30,000 rounds of ammunition from the Soares home, authorities said at the time. Soares pleaded guilty to the charge and was placed on home confinement for one year, as well as five years’ probation.

Soares and his wife were arrested in 1986 on drug-possession charges after a police raid of their home recovered cocaine, Valium, the tranquilizer drug Ativan, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a .357 Magnum and $1,350, the police said at the time. James Soares pleaded no contest to a felony drug-possession charge and the court imposed a three-year suspended sentence and placed Soares on probation for five years. Court records do not show a disposition of Marian Soares’ case.


Bodies of missing R.I. couple found in septic tank

WARREN, R.I. (AP) — Police have found the bodies of a missing Rhode Island couple in a septic tank in their yard.

Sixty-year-old James A. Soares Sr. and 53-year-old Marian F. Soares had last been seen at the beginning of the month. They were reported missing by family members July 15 after they missed a family reunion.

Police went to the couple's house in Warren on Saturday and excavated the yard with a backhoe.

Police removed two body bags with their remains, along with several bags of dirt.

The Providence Journal reported that a family member has been arrested, but no one has been charged. Authorities did not elaborate.

Warren and state police did not return phone messages to The Associated Press.


Son Arrested after R.I. Couple's Bodies Found

27 Jul 2008 -

Police say the 24-year-old son of a Warren couple found buried in their backyard cesspool killed his parents with a garden hoe.

James A. Soares was charged Sunday with the murders of 60-year-old James A. Soares Sr. and 53-year-old Marian Soares. He's being held until his arraignment Monday at district court in Providence.

State police Major Steven O'Donnell says police believe Soares killed his parents on July 9. They were reported missing on July 15 after they didn't attend a family reunion.

On Saturday, police used a backhoe to dig up the Soares' backyard on Baltimore Avenue and found the couple's bodies.

O'Donnell said the hoe was found under the senior Soares' body.

Police said the younger Soares was the prime suspect early in the investigation, based on police interviews. He was taken into custody Friday.

Police would not comment on a motive, or whether Soares confessed.


Warren murders: Son charged with killing his parents with garden tool

By Gina Macris - The Providence Journal

Sunday, July 27, 2008

LINCOLN -- The only son of James and Marian Soares of Warren was charged Sunday with bludgeoning his parents to death and throwing their bodies in a cesspool in the family’s back yard in what law enforcement officials called a callous and horrific crime.

State and local police recovered the bodies Saturday morning after the town’s public works department dug out the rear yard of a small ranch house at 14 Baltimore Avenue, a short, quiet street of modest homes off Child Street, in the Kickemuit neighborhood of Warren.

James Soares Jr., 24, who had lived with his parents appeared before a bail commissioner at the State Police barracks in Lincoln on two counts of homicide Sunday and was remanded without bail to the Adult Correctional Institutions pending a formal court appearance today.

In a press conference outside the barracks, Maj. Stephen O’Donnell alleged that James Jr. killed his his 60 year-old father and 53-old mother three weeks ago at the family home with a foot-long grub hoe, a heavy-duty hoe.

One end of the garden tool looks like sledge hammer, O’Donnell said, and police believe that part of the hoe was used in the slayings.

At the press conference, neither O’Donnell nor Warren police chief Thomas D. Gordon would discuss a motive for the killings.

A former neighbor of the Soares family, David Rasmussen, has said that there had said there had been tensions between parents and son.

“There was a certain amount of distrust Marian had with the kid and the kid’s friends,” said Rasmussen, who now lives in Glocester. Other neighbors said several young people, in addition to the son, lived with the James and Marian Soares.

A bearded Soares, appearing gaunt and drawn, cast his head down as he shuffled into a small office at the state police barracks and stood before bail commissioner Bernard Lemos.

Soares wore a navy blue tee shirt and baggy denim shorts that hung to his knees. He was shackled at the ankles by a pair of handcuffs and flanked by state police detectives during the brief proceedings.

Police said the murders occurred July 9, about a week before Marian Soares was missed at a family reunion and relatives called police.

Gordon, the Warren police chief, said inconsistencies in the information police received made them suspicious.

James A. Soares, Jr. was taken into custody at his home on Friday, according to O’Donnell. State Police Capt. Stephen Lynch, chief of detectives, said Soares has cooperated with the investigation.

But neither State nor local police would say what prompted them to look in the cesspool behind the small yellow house on Saturday morning.

On Saturday, O’Donnell said the State Police had taken a family member into custody, but would not elaborate.

Asked specifically about the whereabouts couple’s son, O’Donnell said on Saturday, “I’m not sure where the son is at this point.”


Son held without bail for killing parents with garden hoe

July 29, 2008 -

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island man charged with killing his parents and burying their bodies in their backyard cesspool has been ordered held without bail.

James Soares appeared in Providence District Court on Monday, a day after he was charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of 60-year-old James Soares Sr. and 53-year-old Marian Soares.

Police believe Soares used a garden hoe to kill his parents on July 9, then dragged their bodies to an in-ground cesspool at the Warren home where they all lived. Police found the bodies Saturday, after using a back hoe to dig up their backyard.

Soares was arrested Friday. In court Monday, Soares said he couldn't afford an attorney, so a public defender would be appointed to him. A bail hearing was scheduled for Aug. 8.


Son sentenced for murder of parents

By Katie Mulvaney -

July 22, 2010

PROVIDENCE — James and Marian Soares allowed their son to continue living with them even after he turned 20, despite his addiction to cocaine. They opened their home up to his girlfriend, too, though the young couple repeatedly raided their bedroom to steal possessions to fund their drug habit.

It was the Soares’ refusal to give up on their son that would end in fatal consequences for the husband and wife. And Tuesday, without revealing any emotion or looking his family’s way, James A. Soares Jr. was sentenced to consecutive life sentences for killing his parents by striking them with a grub ax and then shoving their bodies into a cesspool in the backyard of their home on Baltimore Avenue in Warren.

Judge Francis J. Darigan Jr. questioned Soares’ claims that his mother sexually, emotionally and physically abused her only biological son, calling the 26-year-old a cold-blooded killer driven by greed. Soares, he said, had murdered his parents with premeditation and calculation in July 2008 because he wanted their money, cars and home to share with his girlfriend, Nicole L. Pacheco.

Soares had committed parricide, possibly the only such case ever in Rhode Island. “There’s nothing worse than that in this court’s judgment,” Darigan said.

It was Marian’s absence from a reunion, almost exactly two years ago, that prompted family members to call the police. As officers investigated, James A. Soares Jr.’s story kept changing.

First, he said his parents were on a motorcycle trip. Then, he said his father had left his mother for a woman he’d met on the Internet, and his mother was in Massachusetts, according to Assistant Attorney General Stacey P. Veroni.

Then, the police found a pool of Marian’s blood in a closet. Soares said his father had killed his mother and fled with the body. Then on July 25, he reported that his father killed his mother, but he killed his father and dumped their bodies in the cesspool.

The police found the bodies July 26 and arrested Soares the next day. The medical examiner concluded they died of blows to the back of their heads around July 7.

In asking Darigan to sentence Soares to two consecutive life terms, Veroni told the court of the spending spree Soares and Pacheco went on after his parents’ murders. With his parents’ credit cards, the pair bought a laptop computer, a flat-screen TV, a Sony PlayStation and a Nintendo Wii game system. The couple, Veroni said, also invited friends over for mudslides and calzones in the backyard, just feet above his parents’ decaying bodies.

Pacheco, 22, of Bristol, pleaded no contest in December to 64 financial crimes and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Veroni dismissed Soares’ allegations of abuse by his mother as lies to gain leniency.

Soares’ lawyer, John E. Lovoy, of the public defender’s office, asked for concurrent life terms. Saying he did not intend to disparage the memory of the Soareses, Lovoy said sexual abuse could explain why a man with no history of violence would suddenly snap.

He noted statements by family members that Marian had been sexually abused by her father. It is not unusual, he said, for people who are abused to repeat the pattern. He noted that Marian and James Sr. occasionally used drugs, sometimes with their son, and had been arrested for selling drugs in the past.

But other family members described for the court loving parents who adored their only child together unconditionally, to a fault. They told of being tortured by nightmares and utter distress at the brutal murders of James and Marian at the hands of their son.

“I think ‘Did they see it coming?’ ” said Dawn Viera, James Jr.’s stepsister by his father. “God, I hope not.” Viera turned to address her half-brother, who never looked her way. “I call you an evil coward.”

Her sister, Sherri Thornton, said she wished Rhode Island had a death penalty. “They’re dead, he should be dead.” She pleaded that his time be served in solitary confinement. “He should have to be alone with his haunting memories of murdering his mother.”

In addition to the two life sentences for first-degree murder, Soares received concurrent terms for failing to report his parents’ deaths, conspiring with Pacheco to use his parents’ credit cards and fraudulent use of a credit card. He will be eligible for parole in 40 years.

Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch said he would like Soares to spend his lifetime behind bars, but his crimes did not qualify for life without parole. “We take some solace, however, in the fact that he will be in prison for a minimum of 40 years before being eligible for parole, and I trust that whoever is serving as attorney general 40 years from now will object to his parole,” Lynch said.

Soares’ family gripped hands as Darigan handed down the sentence. They declined to speak with the media, but a weak smile crossed Viera’s face as she let go a deep sigh. She turned to the Warren police. “Thank you. Thank you, very much."



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