Newton Man Pleads Guilty in Waltham Murder Trial

Shaquan Jacobs, 20, changed his plea in Middlesex Superior Court on Oct. 2.

A Newton man was sentenced to life in prison on Oct. 2 after admitting to his role in the 2010 shooting death of 29-year-old Adam Coveney, of Waltham.

Shaquan Jacobs, 20, pleaded guilty in Middlesex Superior Court today to charges of second degree murder and attempted armed robbery. Jacobs changed his plea today from not guilty to guilty. 

Coveney's family was present in the courtroom for today's hearing and sentencing.

"I miss my brother Adam so much that sometimes it takes my breath away," Lindsey Coveney, Adam's sister told the court. "he was first friend and my big brother."

Jacobs is a 2010 graduate of Newton North High School. He was sentenced to prison at MCI Cedar Junction in Walpole. 

“This defendant, showing a complete disregard for another person’s life in committing this act of senseless violence, conspired with three others to rob the victim, who was shot and killed during the commission of the robbery,” said Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone said. 

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Fellow Newton resident, 19-year-old Benjamin Peirce, is also charged in connection with the shooting. He is due back in court on Oct. 12 for a pretrial conference. 

A third co-defendant, Roxbury resident Daniel Louis, 23, was sentenced to life in prison last month after a Middlesex Superior Court jury found him guilty of killing Coveney "in cold blood."

Officials allege that Peirce and Jacobs met up with Louis on Sept. 30, 2010 and attempted to rob a Newton North student they knew well. When that failed, they met up with Coveney to purchase drugs and allegedly brought a gun along with masks, gloves and bleach.

According to the Middlesex District Attorney, at approximately 11:05 p.m. on Sept. 30, 2010, Waltham Police received a report of possible shots fired at 879 Lexington St. Officers arrived and discovered Coveney suffering from a gunshot wound. Coveney was pronounced dead at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Prosecutors allege that Peirce, Jacobs and Louis left in a car driven by Newton resident Wallace Duarte, who was charged with being an accessory after the fact.

In addition to his life sentence, Jacobs also received four to five years in prison (concurrent) for the attempted armed robbery that was planned earlier in the evening. 

Coveney targeted for robbery, murder

The investigation revealed that the defendants allegedly initially attempted to rob a Newton North High School student who they knew well and specifically targeted before the murder. It is alleged that the four defendants traveled with a firearm from Boston to the student’s house and attempted to break in, but failed.  

After this failed attempt, it is alleged that Peirce then began planning a second robbery by arranging to meet the victim in Waltham for the purpose of obtaining drugs and, eight hours prior to the murder bought masks, gloves, and bleach. The three defendants then allegedly traveled to Boston to meet Louis for the purpose of acquiring a gun prior to the murder.

It is alleged that when Peirce, Jacobs and Louis met the victim for the purposes of buying drugs from him, Jacobs and Louis jumped out from a hiding place and began to beat the victim, and Louis then shot him.

Before fleeing the area, Louis is alleged to have laughed about shooting the victim and Peirce is alleged to have picked up the drugs the victim had in his possession as the victim lay dying on the ground. The three defendants are then alleged to have left the scene in a car driven by Duarte with a female companion.

Peirce was arrested on Oct. 1 and arraigned in Waltham District Court where he was ordered held without bail. Jacobs, Louis and Duarte were arrested later that day.

Walt Ham October 02, 2012 at 05:19 PM
2 down 1 to go. Stay strong Coveney's, you guys are doing great!! Adam must be proud up there to know his family is fighting for him! Hopefully Ben gets a 1-way ticket to hang out with his 2 accomplices!
Lisa Smith October 02, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I am curious as to whose house they initially tried to break into...have a feeling its someone in my neighborhood..these guys used to lurk around the playground near where i live and where kids dealt drugs from house across the street..have a sneaky feeling this may be it
Walt Ham October 03, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Only one of these innocent little angels aka MURDERERS was a teenager....just happens to be the mastermind behind the whole thing. If you only knew a 1/4 of the facts before you typed on your little computer behind the safety of anonymity you might not come off as ignorant as you are.
Local Boy October 03, 2012 at 03:23 PM
What a brain trust those three are huh...? Instead of going to college they are all going to do life in jail because they thought they were tough guy gangsters. Nice Going.
local bro October 03, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I'm sorry for difficulty and loss the accused and their families have be subject to, sadly I know a thing or two about loss. Anyone that considers themselves and friend of Adam's or his family. Please refrain from debating the facts of the case or posting comments about the accused. Neither will bring Adam back or do anything to honor his memory. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Walt Ham October 03, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I appreciate your message & will comply. I also think PATCH should monitor the comments where people are writing ignorant statements like Marianne up there. She should spend more time with her cats and less time making negative comments about someone who has passed. That would eliminate a lot of the problem comments that follow. I realize she has nothing better to do since she's commenting on a story that I'm sure has absolutely nothing to do with her but maybe there's a liter box or two that could use cleaning instead of trying to get a rise out of family and friends who've just lost someone they love.
Marianne October 03, 2012 at 09:18 PM
It's unfortunate that drugs caused this tragedy and pain that everyone involved is going through. My deepest sympathy to all families involved
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Walt Ham, We do monitor the comments on the site, and regulate them according to our terms of service: http://waltham.patch.com/terms. However, rebutting comments you don't like with comments referring to cat litter boxes is not good form. Just FYI.
Donna October 04, 2012 at 03:31 AM
So sad that so many families have lost people they love. However I have to agree that Adam was in a very bad place dealing drugs using drugs and the only thing that leads to is jail or death. Having a child involved in this ugly world myself I understand the struggles this life style presents and it's not easy. I am sorry that Adam is gone but it is a opportunity to use this situation to educate our local communities about drug addiction and how wide spread it is.the Drug epidemic is the reason for all of this pain Adam had a drug problem as well as everyone else involved. I am so sad that he died as result of it. But if we can turn that pain into support and educating others about the heroine oxy and percocet epidemic that exist now, it would be a real tribute to his death. Sincerely Donna A Just a mom of a recovering drug addict
Marianne October 04, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Maybe any money fundraising can go towards educating our youth about drug abuse, dealing and consequences. Its a hard thing for any family to deal with. Save our children by doing something positive about this tragedy. You have the power
Bob October 04, 2012 at 02:15 PM
At Ryan - I find your reply to be condescending. Of all the replies yours is the one that was least needed. You didn't need to "defend" the patch nor did you need to give your opinion. It might not be "good form" but I didn't realize you were an editor? No you aren't! You are a MONITOR. So shut your mouth and monitor and stop overstepping your boundaries.
Walt Ham October 04, 2012 at 07:32 PM
That's already being done....2nd annual golf tournament fundraiser was last Friday. I apologize for the comments I made previously...you comments yesterday were just hard to read knowing the victim and the real circumstances of the situation. I appreciate the comments you wrote today.
Walt Ham October 04, 2012 at 07:43 PM
THANK YOU BOB! Ryan definitely oversteps his boundaries on too many occasions. Around here they seem to pick & choose what falls under their so called "terms of service". One rule actually says you can't post any comments that "is inaccurate, false or misleading in any way". That could be half of the comments on any given story. Anyways, I don't want to write anything that's in bad form so I'll leave it at that.
Karla Vallance October 05, 2012 at 01:01 AM
We absolutely do pick and choose; that's what editors do when they monitor. Ryan in no way overstepped his boundaries; he's just saying that no one needs to be a jerk when they respond, especially when they are not commenting with a real name. Note that the terms of use allow us to bounce anyone not commenting with a real name; funny how that tends to make people act more civilized when they have to own up to what they say. Everyone on this thread is now forewarned. Also, I also deleted one inappropriate comment above. Because that's what editors do.
Rusty October 08, 2012 at 04:09 PM
1) The people at the Patch are just doing their job . They can't allow comment boards on stories like this that spark a lot of emotion go un policed. They work hard to bring us local stories and don't need to be harrassed by idiots. Thanks 2) On to the actual story - So Louis is in prison for murder 1 and got life w/out parole, Jacobs got murder 2 and got life w/ the possibility of parole? I assume BP will get Life w/out the poss of parole as well. What a shame. Bunch of wanna be tough guys wh grew up in NEWTON of all places just through their lives away. Have fun spending the rest of your life in prison and being a burden to the tax payers.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) October 08, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Thank you for your kind words. Also, Ben Peirce is scheduled for a Friday, Oct. 12 hearing. We don't have details on what may happen, but we are following this closely.


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