Man Found Guilty of Murdering Boston Doctors Sentenced to Life in Prison

Bampumim Teixeira was found guilty of all seven charges in the 2017 killings of doctors Richard Field and Lina Bolanos

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The man found guilty of brutally killing two doctors in their South Boston penthouse was sentenced to life in prison, Friday.

Bampumim Teixeira, 33, requested not to be in the courtroom when the sentence was handed down because he said he wouldn't control himself.

Instead, he observed from another room via video while surrounded by armed court officers.

He will serve two consecutive life sentences at the state's maximum security prison in Walpole for killing Drs. Richard Field and Lina Bolanos in May 2017.

The Massachusetts man found guilty of brutally killing two doctors in their South Boston penthouse has been sentenced to life in prison.

"He's a coward," Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said of Teixeira. "He couldn't even sit in the room but this isn't about him."

Teixeira declined to address the court, but the victims' families gave impact statements.

Bolanos' mother, Ana Delia Vergara, talked about the 38-year-old pediatric anesthesiologist's passion for medicine and her deep love for Field, a 49-year-old anesthesiologist.

"He was the love of her life," Vergara said through tears in court. "They will love each other forever in heaven."

Field's brother, Jason Field, delivered a tearful speech in which he described his brother as his "life adviser and best friend," the best man at his wedding and his roommate in college. He called Teixeira a "monster.''

The family has tried to keep the couple's memory alive by imagining they're just traveling, Field said. They will remember the couple, who was planning to get married last year, not for how they died, but for how they lived, he said.

While they may never know the motive, the families say their focus now is on funding medical care for the less fortunate and finding new ways to make sure their loved ones legacies live on.

But their legal battle isn't over either. The families have also filed a civil suit against the couple's condo building owners, claiming the security there was insufficient.

Bampumim Teixeira had threatened to sexually assault the wife of one of the prosecutors in the Suffolk District Attorney's Office and then later taunted the victims' families.

Teixeira had recently completed a nine-month sentence for two bank robberies when he killed the doctors. He had no known personal relationship with them but had worked briefly as a concierge in their building, authorities said.

Teixeira told investigators he had been having an affair with Bolanos. Field, he claimed, came home, became enraged and killed Bolanos. Teixeira said he then killed Field in self-defense.

The engaged couple was found dead in their South Boston penthouse on May 5, 2017. The defendant was shot by police when he was arrested at the scene. 

Earlier in the week, Teixeira was escorted from the courtroom after multiple outbursts in which he threatened the prosecutor and taunted the victim's family members.

A man was dragged out of court for his second outburst of the day moments before learning he'd been found guilty on all seven counts in the 2017 killing of two doctors in South Boston.

Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said after his first outburst that investigators assigned to her office were interviewing court personnel and reviewing video regarding the threats made by Teixeira.

"Once this investigation is complete we will determine whether additional charges will be brought against Mr. Teixeira," Rollins said in a statement. "I will never stand idly by if the safety of my employees or our communities is threatened."

Closing arguments took place Monday. The defense rested without calling a single witness. 

Before both sides rested last week, the jury listened to an interview between Teixeira and police that took place one day after the homicides. In it, he claimed he had an affair with Bolanos while he worked as a doorman in the building. He said Bolanos invited him back to the penthouse when Field unexpectedly came home and killed her. Teixeira said he then killed Field in an act of self-defense.

"He has to pay for it," Teixeira told police in the interview. "I don’t feel guilty conscience because I did nothing wrong."

The case of a man charged with killing two engaged doctors in their luxury Boston condominium was turned over to the jury on Monday. Bampumim Teixeira, 33, has pleaded not guilty to murder in the May 2017 deaths of Dr. Richard Field and Dr. Lina Bolanos.

The families of the victims shook their heads in disbelief as they listened. The jury then saw video that prosecutors said shows Teixeira entering the apartment building through the garage before the murders. 

In the video, Teixeira is wearing the same yellow shirt that a crime scene expert testified was later stained with the Field and Bolanos' blood.

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