Investigators allege Walter DaSilva killed his daughter because he disapproved of her 56-year-old boyfriend

By Chris Harris
Updated September 08, 2016 05:00 PM
Credit: Ned Gerard/Hearst Connecticut Media/AP

A 45-year-old man who’d served time for attempting to kill his wife in 2002 has pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting the couple’s teenage daughter, PEOPLE confirms.

Walter DaSilva, a Brazilian national who resides in Connecticut, has been charged with murder and weapons violations for his daughter Sabrina DaSilva’s recent shooting death.

The 19-year-old woman was fatally shot on July 3 as she returned to her New Bedford, Massachusetts, apartment following a brief shopping trip, according to authorities.

DaSilva, who works as a painter, had been estranged from his daughter for nearly 10 years, while he was serving a prison stint for trying to kill his wife some 14 years ago, authorities said.

According to police, the father and daughter reunited back in May, authorities said. Soon after, DaSilva was deported back to Brazil. Authorities were unaware he’d allegedly returned to the states illegally.

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Investigators allege DaSilva shot his daughter multiple times because he disapproved of her 56-year-old boyfriend. When Sabrina refused to visit him for Father’s Day, DaSilva allegedly became enraged, police tell PEOPLE.

Sabrina suffered gunshot wounds to the face, neck, back, shoulder and left arm, according to police.

DaSilva was arrested in early August and charged with his daughter’s murder.

During his arraignment Wednesday, DaSilva pleaded not guilty to the charges. But authorities insist he has confessed to his daughters slaying, and even told police about his plans to murder her boyfriend and mother.

DaSilva also allegedly led investigators to the murder weapon, a semiautomatic 9mm handgun. The gun was recovered from his Connecticut home’s attic.

He is being held without bail.

DaSilva’s defense attorney John J. Connors tells PEOPLE, “Right now, we are at the beginning of the case. I know that the District Attorney has given out a lot of information, some of which we will challenge and we will go forward from there.”

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official claims DaSilva was deported to Brazil twice – once in 1999, and again in 2012 – and eventually returned to the United States.

Sabrina is survived by her 2-year-old daughter, Victoria.