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Posted Wednesday, October 21, 2009
After admitting to murder in 2007 pumping of fatal shots while a private party was in progress, Haitian-American man, 19, sentenced to life  
By Dennis Tatz, GateHouse News Service
DEDHAM - Jean-Marie Thebaud of Randolph was accused of shooting another man to death so he could gain his 'stripes' with a Hyde Park gang.

Thebaud, 19, has been sentenced to life in state prison after admitting he fired the shot that killed John Lubin, also of Randolph, a father of infant twins, during a Fourth of July party two years ago.
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Jean-Marie Thebau, now 19, was only 16 when he pumped the fatal shots that terminated the life of Jean Lubin, 24.  
Jury selection was continuing Tuesday, and the case was headed for trial in Norfolk Superior Court when Thebaud agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder.

Thebaud was only 16 when he fired at the 24-year-old Lubin on Bayberry Lane in Randolph.

Thebaud, who also admitted to firearms charges, will be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.

He was among four men initially indicted in Lubin's slaying.

Prosecutors cited lack of evidence in the decision recently to withdraw indictments against the three other co-defendants, Destin Jean of Randolph, Kerry Lorquet of Taunton and Thebaud's older brother, Jonathan Thebaud.

Judge Wendie I. Gershengorn sentenced Thebaud after listening to victim-impact statements from Lubin's family.

Thebaud told Lubin's relatives that he was sorry for the murder.
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Jean Lubin, no longer with us; his young life was taken away by the pumper of fatal shots, Jean-Marie Thebaud.
Norfolk County District Attorney William Keating said Thebaud's plea was a decision made in light of the evidence available to us for trial and after discussing it explicitly with the surviving family of John Lubin.

Thebaud was a member of the Hyde Park gang known as the Westies when he shot Lubin at the crowded outdoor party as retribution for a shooting in 2004, authorities said.

Thebaud decided to kill Lubin “to gain stripes within the gang,” prosecutor Robert Nelson claimed.

Thebaud's cousin, Kern Cayemite, 20, was shot during a house party in Hyde Park in 2004. Lubin was also shot and wounded in that incident.

Randolph police and State Police investigators arrested Thebaud in August 2007 at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida as he returned from a family vacation in Haiti.

Dennis Tatz is at dtatz@ledger.com.

Copyright © 2009 GateHouse Media, Inc. Published Wednesday, October 21, 2009.

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