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Men Accused of Springfield Courtroom Brawl Face a Judge

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Two men accused of starting a Monday afternoon brawl in a Springfield courtroom have faced a judge.

Tuesday morning, 42 year-old Kenneth Soto and 45 year-0ld Edwin Rojas were back at Springfield District Court to face their own charges.

Soto was charged with assault and battery on a public employee, assault and battery, and disrupting a court proceeding. Rojas was charged with assault and battery on a public employee, resisting arrest, and disrupting a court proceeding.

Monday afternoon, Soto and Rojas were in court for the arraignment of Jose Santiago, who was accused of killing their daughter and step-daughter. Soto and Rojas then allegedly tried to Santiago shortly after he was brought into the courtroom.

Police allege that Santiago killed his girlfriend, Jessica Rojas, early Saturday morning in her Washburn Street home. She leaves behind four children.

Both men were released on their personal recognizance and are due back in court April 10.


  • Jacki S

    These men should not be charged. It was their daughter for god’s sake. The justice system sucks I hope they drop the charges god bless the family and friends of Jessica Rojas take some peace in knowing she is in heaven now.

  • Me

    This family is dealing with the unimaginable. I would have done the SAME exact thing. He took a mother away from her children, and a child away from her parents. He is a poor excuse ft a human being. I hope and pray that he spends the rest of his god given life behind bars and when he dies he will burn in hell. RIP Jessica, from a chestnut classmate.

  • Crimedawg

    I know that we as Christians are supposed to forgive. I would have been the one asking God for forgiveness because I would have done it as well. We can’t blame the Devil and Demons for everything, because we have free will and choose our paths. If he WAS influenced by evil, he still made the choice. I would have made him pay for his choice. Nuff
    Said.

  • Ali

    El tiene q pagar lo q hizo pq el no mato un animal el le quito la vida a un serhumano y le quito la madre a 4 ninos..y una hija a una madre y padre.la reaccion de su padre y padrastro es muy normal y comprencible…la justicia deberia d enfocarse en darle un poco d paz a los familiares d la victima dejandole caer todo el peso d la ley a ese delincuente mal nacido d Jose Santiago…y olvidarse d los ridiculos cargos q le q le quiere poner a un padre y un padrastro q estan sufriendo por la perdida d una hija…RIP.jessica

  • RO

    That scum of the earth is lucky he even got the priveledge of walking into the courtroom! The dad’s have enough ofva life sentence. They should not face a judge for a damn thing. Your family will not be forgotten. I don’t know u but my son & I will keep your whole family in our daily prayers.
    The judge should have given them the opportunity ro throw a punch or five! Bastard.
    Jessica, God wanted you now. Rest in peace to an angel I never met. Your dads will make sure your kids are fine & they will think of you, remember you & love u for eternity! God bless!

  • The Truth

    I would have strangled that mother F-er.i am glad the father was released because if not a lot of people understand and agree with what he did I would have helped get that punk azz.i would have been one of the people demanding his release for the father I feel so bad for him.i sort of know that feeling of losing someone.in Iraq I lost good friends and I wanted to get revenge so bad it hurts.

  • Maria

    I would have done the same thing. The hurt and dis-pared one have to feel when you loose a child in that manner. I hope the dads had a chance to hit, at least, one blow to that trash. The sad thing is that we are going to have to pay for him to be in jail probably for the rest of his miserable life. My prayers go to her family and her children. She was a young woman and am sure she probably had babies.

  • Jennifer

    i never wish harm on noone because God has the final say……but i hope Jessica haunts him with those final moments reliving in his head everyday for the rest of his pathetic life.

  • http://WGGB MAREE

    THEY HOPEFULLY WILL NOT BE CHARGED.. MAYBE FOR DISrupting court.. but i would do same only i would have reached him and stabbed him up… law should be eye for an eye.. bet you crime will go down by 60%!!! maybe even more.

  • mari

    THOSE CHARGES ARE BULLSHIT LOOK AT THE VIDEO WHICH ONE OF THOSE GUYS DID U SEE ASSAULT A COURT EMPLOYEE NOT ONE! BUT THIS IS ARE JUSTICE SYSTEM FULL OF S***!

    • Justice

      Another comment from a FOOL, When an officer of the law have to subdue you and you will not stop your actions and begin to wrestle with the police then you are assaulting a public police officer. you idiot!

  • Justice

    THROW THE BOOK AT ALL OF THEM. You see how many Mexicans are raised no respect for the Law. Whatever the Maximum sentence is give it to them, otherwise this will be a regular thing among Latinos wanting again to be recognized for their machismo so as to earn a badge of respect among their children and peers.

  • Justice

    THE RESPECT OF THE LAW AND THE COURT MUST BE PARAMOUNT. MAXIMUM SENTENCE TO THESE WANNA BE THUGS. WHY DO I SAY THAT, I KNOW THE MEXICAN CULTURE IF THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH BREAKING THE LAW, AND BE RECOGNIZED AMONG THEIR PEERS AND CHILDREN AS GETTING AWAY WITH MAYHEM AND UNLAWFULNESS WORD WILL SPREAD LIKE WILD FIRE AND YOU WILL SEE THIS GET WORSE , THE NEXT THING THEY WILL SMUGGLE IN WEAPON.