Boston: CT Man sentenced for role in 2010 Pembroke murder-for-hire plot

A Connecticut man who shot a Pembroke dance instructor outside of her home on Lake Avenue back in 2010  in a murder for hire plot was sentenced Wednesday in Boston Federal Court.

WATD’s Steven Dodrill was inside the Moakley Court House during the hearing.


27-year-old Dorian Membreno, an immigrant from Nicaragua, wearing an Essex county orange prison jumpsuit and thick-rimmed glasses, was remanded to the custody of U.S. Marshals to begin serving his 29 1/2 years behind bars following his sentencing Wednesday inside the Moakley Courthouse in Boston.

Judge Joseph Tauro sentenced Membreno, who pled guilty in September, to 235 months behind bars on the charge of interstate travel in commission of murder for hire, and 120 months on the charge of using or possessing a firearm in connection with an act of violence.

The sentence falls in line with the request by prosecutor Suzanne Sullivan for between 308 and 355 months, and is much higher than the 144 months requested by defense attorney Oscar Cruz , who told judge Tauro that Membreno has learned what it is like to be a victim, after enduring years of physical and sexual abuse as a child.

Membreno,  now 27, spoke before his sentencing and told Banks not to live life in fear and asked for her forgiveness.

If he serves his entire sentence, Membreno will be 56-years-old when he is released–and when he is released, he will be subjected to deportation.

In March 2010, Membreno traveled from Connecticut to Massachusetts, with a weapon given to him by the victim’s ex-boyfriend Anthony DeJoseph III of Walcott, CT.

“Membreno related to investigators that he was recently hired by Ms. Banks’ former boyfriend (later identified by authorities as Anthony DeJoseph) to come to Massachusetts to kill Ms. Banks,” a federal court affidavit revealed. “Membreno stated that he did not know the former boyfriend’s name, but had met with him at Murphy’s Law Bar and Grill in Bridgeport, CT a few days prior. The former boyfriend of Ms. Banks told Membreno he would pay Membreno $7,000 to $10,000 to kill  Ms. Banks and that that ‘the job’ had to be done this week.”

Membreno according to a federal court affidavit, had allegedly purchased a box of .38 special ammunition from a Milford, CT firearm store.

At about 10 p.m. on March 23rd, the victim pulled into her Pembroke, MA driveway, and Membreno approached her car and shot at her five times, hitting her twice. Membreno fled the scene and was stopped in Hanover, MA, where police recovered a firearm used in the shooting, along with ammunition, photographs of the victim and her family, and driving directions from Connecticut to the victim’s workplace–a Hanover dance studio.

Banks survived the shooting and addressed the courtroom at Wednesday’s sentencing, where she called Membreno ‘a piece of garbage’ and a ‘menace to society.’

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About Steven Dodrill

Steven Dodrill left the WATD news team in 2013. "Follow" him on Twitter At Franklin Pierce, Steven worked to introduce new forms of media like YouTube, and Twitter to the Franklin Pierce community.  Steven graduated Cum Laude and with honors in Mass Communication from Franklin Pierce University in May of 2009. Steven focused his education and experience in New Hampshire around sports broadcasting, digital media, broadcast journalism, news, media production, and political reporting. "Like" him on Facebook Dodrill also interned with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League during the summer of 2007, and most recently in the spring of 2009 he completed an internship in the newsroom at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH.