A long road to
On March 28, 2011 after nearly four years, Javier Morales was sentenced to prison. The DA
requested 18-20 years in prison followed by 20 years probation. The defense attorney requested 5-7
years. The last item before the judge sentenced Morales was for me to address the court. I believe
it was worthwhile for the judge to hear and also good for me to do it. She sentenced him to
15-20 years in state prison (15 is when he is first
eligible for parole and 20 is a maximum). She also sentenced him to 15 years probation after he is
released, with a stipulation that he may never drive a car nor apply for a license again.
The sentence was as good as we could hope for, but it is sad that a person can kill two innocent
victims and seriously injure another, and only go to prison for 15-20 years.
Victim Impact Statement - read to the
Court on March 28, 2011
We are Jonathan and Roberta Farris, parents of Paul Farris. Thank you for allowing me to read our
Victim Impact Statement prior to your sentencing decision. We have already provided our Statement
to the Court, so I will not repeat that.
Our son Paul was a truly unique and wonderful person. In 23 years he positively touched more
peoples' lives than many people do in a full lifetime. And then, in the blink of an eye, he was
murdered. I unable to imagine any greater grief than losing my son. And we are not alone in our
pain. Katelyn Hoyt was injured physically and emotionally, losing the man she loved and having to
fight for her own life. Fida and Joseph Chahine must live without their loving husband and father,
Javier Morales is the antithesis of Paul Farris. This man does not know the meaning of
accountability. He does not know the meaning of responsibility. He has spent a lifetime doing
whatever he wanted, with complete contempt for the law and complete disregard for the rights of
others. And based upon his criminal and vehicular history, he has done so with almost total
My son Paul was taken away forever, not by an accident, but by Morales' deliberate actions. And now
for me not one single day passes without feeling profound grief. All of us, our families, and
friends of Paul and Walid are cursed to live with this grief forever.
Morales' impunity ends today. He will be held responsible for his terrible crime. But to what
degree will he be held accountable?
My son is dead. Joseph's father is dead. Javier Morales killed them. So Your Honor, I implore you
to put this man in prison for as many years as the judicial system allows. He must not be allowed
to hurt, maim or kill any other innocents.
Farris family's Statement to the Court,
Many family members and friends sent Statements to the Court. We know these helped the judge
with her decision process.
Thank you for allowing us input regarding Javier Morales' sentencing. We are Jonathan, Roberta
and Scott Farris, Paul Farris' parents and brother.
At 4:30 AM on May 27, 2007 we received a call that no family should ever get - an emergency room
doctor in Somerville telling us Paul had died in a car accident earlier that evening. There are
simply not words or emotions to explain what that call was like. From that instant on and for every
minute since, our lives have been inexorably changed for the worse. Our incredible son and brother,
Paul, was taken from our lives and from the lives of so many who knew and loved him. We will never
heal from the emotional scars. We invite you to spend time at our website, www.paulfarris.org, to see, to hear and
to better understand who we have forever lost.
It took several days to learn exactly what had happened that night; to learn why Paul and Walid
Chahine died and why Katelyn Hoyt was so severely injured that she too almost died. Paul is dead
because Javier Morales was illegally behind the wheel of a car. Paul is dead because Javier Morales
ran from a police officer. Paul is dead because a police officer made a horrible mistake pursuing
Morales through the narrow streets of Somerville.
Paul was an amazing 23 year old. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University in 2006 and
had been working as an insurance claims adjuster for a year. He had already taken his LSATs and
planned to attend law school in the fall of 2008. Paul had absolutely everything going for him.
Javier Morales killed him.
This was not an accident, but rather Morales' deliberate and criminal flight from the police
that caused Paul's death. The borrowed SUV was going 76 mph, without headlights, on a narrow street
in the most densely populated city in all New England. Whether Javier Morales had fired a gun that
night or because he drove a 4,000 pound SUV that ripped Paul from the taxi - the result was the
death of both Paul and Walid Chahine. Javier Morales killed them. Additionally, Katelyn Hoyt was so
severely injured that she was unconscious for nearly four weeks. She remained in Massachusetts
General Hospital for four months and has since continued rehabilitation with her parents in New
Since at least 1995 Javier Morales has broken motor vehicle and other laws, has hurt people, and
has never shown the slightest remorse. It is frighteningly obvious that Morales will again get
behind the wheel of a car at the first possible opportunity.
You are aware of Morales' criminal history and the number of times he has been released and
forgiven. Perhaps his previous crimes were not as heinous as those of other criminals. But on May
27, 2007 he crossed that threshold when he deliberately ran from the police while illegally
driving, and this time our son and Scott's brother, Paul Farris, and Walid Chahine both died as a
So Your Honor, we absolutely implore you to lock this criminal up for the maximum length of time
allowed by Massachusetts law, because anything less would be an injustice to Paul, Walid, Kate and
all of us who must live with pain and sadness every day for the rest of our lives.
Jonathan, Roberta & Scott Farris
A totally broken justice
history as provided by a Boston newspaper in 2007:
When Javier Morales
faced his first adult arraignment in 1995, Jessica LeBlanc, his now pregnant girlfriend was 8. The
May 24 arraignment was almost 12 years to the day of a fatal accident involving LeBlanc's father s
car, which was being driven by Morales. The victim of the crash, Paul Farris, was 14 the first time
his accused murder stood before a judge.
These are the charges Morales has stood before judges on:
1. On May 24, 1995 Morales was arraigned in South Boston District Court for a compulsory insurance
violation and operating a motor vehicle without a license. Morales defaulted, did not show up to
court to answer for the charges and warrants were issued. Both charges were dismissed on May 1,
2. On Aug. 23, 1995 Morales was arraigned in Brookline District Court and charged with a compulsory
insurance violation. The case was closed on Sept. 22, 1995 when the case was ruled nolle prosequi,
which means the charges were dismissed as if they had never been brought because of insufficient
3. On May 24, 1996 Morales was arraigned in Dedham District Court and charged with trespassing. The
trial was continued until Aug 7, 1999 and charges were continued without finding, which means the
accused does not have a guilty plea entered on his or her record, but must comply with terms of
probation. One year later, Morales defaulted on an order to pay court costs and a fine to the
victim witness fund and a default warrant was issued. Four days later, the warrant was withdrawn
and police dropped the charges on Sept. 3, 1997.
4. Morales was arraigned on Aug. 12, 1997 in Lynn District Court for disorderly conduct. The trial
was continued until Oct. 3, 1997 and the charge was continued without finding. On April 3, 1998
Morales was sentenced to community service and ordered to pay a fine to the witness victim fund. On
Feb. 3, 1998 Morales appeared in court on allegations that he had violated his probation, which was
terminated on April 14, 1998.
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5. On Feb. 3, 1998 Morales was in Lynn District Court answering to charges of assault and battery,
a possible violation of his probation. The trial was continued and on April 14, 1998 he was found
guilty and sentenced to probation. Morales defaulted on paying into the victim witness fund on Aug.
2, 1999, but the default was removed the next day and police dismissed the charge on Dec. 3,
6. On April 30, 2001 Morales was arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on charges of malicious
destruction of property, attempted larceny, possession of burglarious tools, and breaking and
entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony. His trial was continued and he was issued
a one-year suspended sentence on July 17, 2001. His trial was brought forward on Oct. 12, 2001
because of a probation violation. A judge issued a violation of probation finding and continued the
trial to Jan. 17, 2003 at which time Morales was ordered to pay into the victim witness fund and
his probation was terminated.
7. On Oct. 12, 2001 Morales was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license,
attaching the wrong motor vehicle plates, and compulsory insurance violation. A judge ordered him
to pay court costs for all three charges and the trial was continued to March 4, 2002. Morales
defaulted, the default was removed, and the trial was continued to June 24, 2002. Morales defaulted
again, but the default was removed on July 2, 2002 and the charges were dismissed.
8. On June 4, 2004 Morales was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license in
Roxbury District Court. The trial was continued to Aug. 12, 2004 and a default warrant was issued
when Morales did not show up. The default was removed on Sept. 14 and the trial was continued to
Nov. 30, 2004. Morales again defaulted, the default was removed on Feb. 18, 2005 and the trial
continued to April 29, 2005, when he defaulted again and a warrant was issued. On Dec. 1, 2005 the
default was removed and the charge was dismissed.
9. Morales was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and knowingly
receiving stolen property (a motor vehicle) in Somerville District Court on Oct. 14, 2004. He had a
jury trial and was found guilty of the license violation on Sept. 28, 2005. The other charge was
dismissed. He was sentenced to a 10 day suspended sentence, which was terminated on Nov. 30,
10.On Nov. 17, 2005 Morales was arraigned on the charge of operating a vehicle with a suspended
license in Concord District Court. He was in court on Dec. 27, 2005; Jan. 30, 2006; and on March 7,
2006 he was found guilty. Morales was sentenced to supervised probation and received a 10-day
suspended sentence. He was ordered to pay a fine to the victim witness fund on Sept. 6, 2006 and
defaulted on Oct. 31, 2006.
11.On May 29, 2007 Morales was arraigned from his hospital bed at Massachusetts General Hospital
for Somerville District Court on the following charges: motor vehicular homicide by negligent
operation, failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, larceny of
a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license (subsequent offence), 10
counts of failure to stop or yield, marked lanes violation, breakdown lane violation, motor vehicle
lights violation, improper turn. He was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail and a pre-trial
conference has been scheduled for June 29.
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