William Cash, Massachusetts' Most Wanted Man, Convicted of Murder, Assault and Human Trafficking

William Cash, formerly Massachusetts State Police's Most Wanted Man, was convicted Friday of an April 16th, 2017 Lynn, Massachusetts double shooting that left one man dead, according to MassLive and the Essex County District Attorney's office.

The deceased man, Leonard Clement, was walking home from an Easter service at church with Prince Berlin, then 41, when they came upon Cash assaulting a woman in Central Square. Both men intervened on the woman's behalf, and Cash left the scene, only to return and retaliate with gunfire. Authorities said that Cash had been trying to lure the woman, whom Clement and Berlin knew, into a prostitution ring.

Clement, 46, disabled and legally blind, passed away at Union Hospital of his injuries. Berlin survived the shooting, but later died of unrelated causes.

William Cash, formerly Massachusetts State Police's Most Wanted Man, was convicted Friday of double shooting that left one man dead. Andrey Popov/Getty

According to MassLive and the Essex County DA office, Cash, 47, was convicted by a jury in Salem Superior Court after an eight-day trial and three days of deliberation. The six convictions were second degree murder, armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing bodily harm, assault and battery by a dangerous weapon by means of discharging a firearm, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm and two counts of human trafficking. The trafficking charges tie into evidence presented by the state that Cash was profiting from the activities of two prostitutes working out of a Mall Street apartment.

The jury acquitted him of a separate assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charge related to the human trafficking charge.

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Prior to his arrest, the Massachusetts State Police shared this wanted poster for William Cash. Massachusetts State Police

"What should have been a peaceful day was marred by violence in front of several witnesses in the heart of Lynn," Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett told MassLive. "Leonard Clement, as [Essex County Assistant D.A. Susan] Dolhun said during her opening statements 'died for nothing.' My thoughts are with the friends and loved ones of Mr. Clement and Mr. Prince, who undoubtedly are left with a huge void that can never be filled."

Cash made the Massachusetts Most Wanted List after eluding authorities for two weeks after the crime. Combining an aggressive manhunt with the most wanted list finally located Cash. Living under the alias William S. Banks, he was eventually captured at a Weymouth motel only hours after the list was released to the public. He had a long history of prior convictions for drug trafficking, armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Cash was held without bail.

Judge Timothy Feeley is expected to render a sentence on September 30th.

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