Grand Jury Indicts Three Delaware Men in Murder of Bradford’s Bryce Finn

Haverhill High grad Bryce Finn was gunned down answering the door to his Bradford home in June 2017. (WHAV News photograph)

The three Delaware men, accused in the shooting death of 18-year-old Bryce T. Finn last year, were indicted Thursday by an Essex County grand jury.

Twenty-year-old Nicholas Mandato, 21-year-old Thomas Warner and 19-year-old Kenneth Pitts are charged with murdering the Bradford teen as he stood in the doorway of his Bradford home a year ago last June. Mandato and Warner are additionally charged with armed assault with intent to rob Finn.

All three are held without bail. They were arrested in July and originally arraigned in District Court pending possible indictment. At the arraignment of two of the men, Essex County Assistant District Attorney Christina Ronan said the three men traveled from Delaware to Haverhill with the intention of robbing Finn at his home. A Superior Court arraignment date has not yet been set.

Finn was shot in the chest around 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 6, 2017 when answering his Rainbow Drive front door. He was taken to Holy Family Hospital—Haverhill where he was pronounced dead. He graduated from Haverhill High School just a week before. Adding an additional layer of mystery, as WHAV first reported at the time, his home was broken into a few days later by one or more intruders. It is not yet clear whether how the burglary is related.

Details have been slow to be released since police reports and court records have been sealed at the request of Ronan. She asked for police reports to be kept under wraps, saying in a court motion that any release of information “may further impair law enforcement officials’ ability to assess the veracity of any tips they might receive.”