A Suffolk Superior Court judge yesterday found a Westborough woman guilty of bilking her former employer out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, raised her bail, and placed her on a GPS monitoring device pending a sentencing hearing next week, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
Judge Peter Lauriat yesterday found CYNTHIA GOLDBERG (D.O.B. 11/13/62), a.k.a. CYNTHIA KUSSY, a.k.a. CYNTHIA McDONNELL, guilty of 10 counts of larceny over $250 and five counts of making false entry into corporate books. After delivering the verdict, Lauriat raised Goldberg’s bail from the $25,000 she had posted to $35,000 and ordered that she wear a GPS monitoring device if she posts that amount prior to sentencing.
Assistant District Attorney David Bradley of Conley’s Major Felony Bureau introduced evidence and testimony during the 11-day bench trial to prove that Goldberg systematically embezzled more than $600,000 from her employer, an environmental engineering company in Brighton, before she was fired in 2007. more »
Two Mattapan men will continue serving state prison sentences after the Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld their 2007 convictions on gun charges stemming from an incident outside a Dorchester courthouse, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
The Appeals Court yesterday affirmed the convictions of FERNDY ELYSEE (D.O.B. 8/23/83) and RICHARD DAVIS, Jr. (D.O.B. 6/25/87), found guilty at trial in Suffolk Superior Court on counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm. Elysee and Davis were additionally indicted as repeat offenders; they pleaded guilty to those indictments and were sentenced to state prison terms of six to seven years and six years, respectively.
“Every gun conviction takes a potential shooter off the street,” Conley said, “but those convictions aren’t the end of the road. They have to be built on good arrests and solid trial preparation, and they have to be argued by skilled appellate attorneys to survive legal challenges before the higher courts.” more »
State Police homicide detectives assigned to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office and Revere Police are investigating a fatal shooting on Reservoir Avenue last night.
State Police detectives responded to the scene at about 7:30 p.m. for a shooting in the area of 308 Reservoir Ave. One man, identified as 26-year-old Kareem Spurill of Jamaica Plain, was transported to Whidden Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead of his injuries.
State Police assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office investigate all homicides in Revere, Chelsea, and Winthrop. They are assisted by Revere Police detectives and uniformed officers, as well as specialized State Police units. As with all such investigations, a senior prosecutor from the DA’s Homicide Unit has also been assigned. more »
Two alleged gang members opened fire on a group of teenagers during a mission to rival gang territory, killing an innocent 14-year-old honor student in broad daylight, a Suffolk County prosecutor said during their arraignment on murder charges.
The Suffolk County Grand Jury yesterday indicted TIMOTHY “TOOLMAN” HEARNS (D.O.B. 3/13/90) of Dorchester and RAMON “DOUBLE R” SILVELO-MILES (D.O.B. 11/30/89) of Lynn for the crime of first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Jaewon Martin to death at a basketball court near the corner of Columbus and Heath streets on the afternoon of May 8.
At their arraignments today in Suffolk Superior Court, Assistant District Attorney Edward Krippendorf recommended that both men remain held without bail; Clerk Magistrate Gary D. Wilson imposed that recommendation. more »
The Suffolk County Grand Jury today returned indictments charging two men with the murder of 14-year-old Jaewon Martin earlier this year, setting the stage for their arraignments in Superior Court tomorrow, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
The indictments, which are based upon a four-month investigation by the homicide units of the Suffolk DA’s office and Boston Police Department, charge TIMOTHY “TOOLMAN” HEARNS (D.O.B. 3/13/90) of Dorchester and RAMON “DOUBLE R” SILVELO-MILES (D.O.B. 11/30/89) of Lynn with first-degree murder for Martin’s May 8 shooting death at a basketball court near the intersection of Columbus and Heath streets.
The indictments also charge both men with three counts of armed assault with intent to murder for allegedly attempting to murder another teenage boy and two teenage girls who were also at the scene. They allegedly shot one of those victims, incurring an additional count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and fired at but missed two of those victims, incurring two additional charges of assault with a dangerous weapon. more »
A 24-year-old hearing-impaired man was held on high bail at his Suffolk Superior Court arraignment today on charges that he raped a young girl repeatedly over the course of a year after meeting her at a Brighton church, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
ERIK ROLDAN (D.O.B. 1/19/86), whose legal residence is in East Boston but who was living in Allston at the time of his arrest, pleaded not guilty through an American Sign Language interpreter to three counts of rape of a child by force and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 for incidents that allegedly occurred from Sept. 1, 2009, to Aug. 11 of this year.
Clerk Magistrate Gary D. Wilson ordered that Roldan continue to be held on the $100,000 cash bail that was imposed at his district arraignment on Aug. 12. Wilson also told the defendant that, should he make bail, he must stay away from and have no contact with the victim’s family and have no contact with any child under the age of 16 while the case is open. more »
“It’s been 25 years since Yolanda Hernandes took her last breath,” a Suffolk County prosecutor told a Superior Court jury today, describing in graphic detail the 18-year-old murder victim’s final moments in a vacant Roxbury lot in the winter of 1984.
“It’s been 25 years since this defendant attacked Yolanda Hernandes,” First Assistant District Attorney Josh Wall said of SULTAN OMAR CHEZULU (D.O.B. 10/2/48), charged with first-degree murder for her Dec. 28, 1984 homicide. “It’s been 25 years since this defendant pulled Yolanda Hernandes into an abandoned lot in Roxbury. It’s been 25 years since this defendant raped her.”
Wall, who serves as chief of Superior Court prosecutions for Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, told the panel of 16 jurors that Chezulu – who changed his name from ROBERT LOUIS SCOTT – didn’t stop there. more »
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today joined Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Mayor Thomas Menino to deliver the following remarks at Boston Police Headquarters:
“Early this morning, three adults and a toddler were shot to death in an act of unspeakable violence, and another victim is now clinging to life. In this room and across the city, I think we share the same horror, the same outrage, and the same unwavering commitment to see justice done. There can be no justification for what happened at Woolson Street. There can be no excuse for aiding the person or persons who murdered a helpless child.
“As the Commissioner noted, this investigation is extremely active. Police, prosecutors, criminalists, victim advocates, and support personnel are bringing every conceivable resource to bear on the case. We will not rest until the facts are known. more »
A Hyde Park man will serve about two months in jail for his role in a courtroom fracas that erupted earlier this year as four men were sentenced to life in prison after a month-long trial in Suffolk Superior Court, Daniel F. Conley said today.
REINALDO ORTIZ (D.O.B. 12/13/83) pleaded guilty to a single count of disorderly conduct stemming from his actions on May 25, when he and a large group of courtroom spectators began to yell at, push, and fight one another as four convicted murderers were sentenced to life in prison.
Assistant District Attorney Lynn Feigenbaum recommended a six-month house of correction sentence with three months to serve and the balance suspended for one year, with orders to stay away from Suffolk Superior Court and the Boston Municipal Court unless he has court business at either location. Boston Municipal Court Judge Annette Forde sentenced Ortiz to six months in the house of correction, with 59 days to serve and the balance suspended for one year. She adopted Feignebaum’s recommended stay-away orders. more »
A State trooper on military leave was ordered to surrender all of his firearms and his state Firearms Identifications Card during his arraignment on charges that he drove a personal vehicle while intoxicated and pointed his personal weapon at an off-duty Boston Police officer.
Acting on recommendations by Assistant District Attorney Gretchen Sherwood, Dorchester District Court Judge Robert Tochka also ordered TIMOTHY J. WALSH, 41, of Dorchester to remain alcohol-free, stay away from establishments that serve alcohol, submit to random breath tests, undergo a mental health evaluation, and take part in a Veteran’s Administration program for post-traumatic stress disorder while his case is pending.
Sherwood recommended that Tochka set Walsh’s bail at $2,000 cash. Tochka declined to set monetary bail. more »
Local, state, and federal authorities have charged an alleged black-market gun dealer with unlawfully selling a high-capacity firearm with an obliterated serial number to a cooperating witness, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
HERBERT DAVIS (D.O.B. 6/27/59) was arrested in his Harold Park apartment yesterday minutes after he was allegedly caught on tape selling a 9mm semiautomatic Intratec Tec-9 firearm, a 30-round magazine, and half an ounce of crack cocaine. Davis’ daughter, DEDREA POINDEXTER-DAVIS (D.O.B. 5/13/65) was also charged with possessing additional crack cocaine recovered inside the residence.
“This is another example of the gun and drug nexus that fuels violence in Boston, Suffolk County, and Massachusetts,” Conley said. “Local, state, and federal law enforcement are committed to reducing that violence at its source.” more »
A pair of North Shore men are charged with beating a street cleaning truck operator with a hammer and a football during an early morning attack near Government Center, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
PIERO G. PROCOPIO (D.O.B. 3/7/84) of Lynn and CRAIG S. STRASNICK (D.O.B. 2/9/87) of Nahant were arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court this morning on one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon each. Acting on a recommendation by Assistant District Attorney David Givskud, Judge Mark Hart Summerville set bail at $2500 for Procopio and $1000 for Strasnick.
Also at Givskud’s recommendation, Summerville ordered both men to stay away from and have no contact with the victim, a 20-year-old Hanson man employed by American Cleaners, while the case is pending. more »
A Dorchester man who tried to ditch his loaded 9mm handgun in front of Boston Police was sentenced yesterday to three years behind bars, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.
A Boston Municipal Court jury in the Firearms Priority Disposition Session –commonly known as Gun Court – yesterday convicted EDSON R. SILVA (D.O.B. 4/1/86) of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, and unlawful possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
Acting on a recommendation by Assistant District Attorney Lauren Bernath, Judge Annette Forde sentenced Silva to three concurrent two-year terms in the Suffolk County House of Corrections for the possession charges plus a consecutive two-year-term for carrying the handgun while it was loaded. Edson will serve one of those years up front and the balance will be suspended for a probationary period of two years. more »
A Chelsea man is behind bars today following his arrest for allegedly robbing a Lafayette Avenue apartment at gunpoint just after midnight only to be apprehended when firefighters scared his associate away and called police, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
CHARNNE AUGUSTIN (D.O.B. 4/2/85) was arraigned in Chelsea District Court this afternoon on charges of armed home invasion, armed assault with intent to rob, kidnapping, and a slew of firearms offenses. Accommodating a request by Assistant District Attorney Barrett Hyde, Judge James Wexler set bail at $250,000 and revoked Augustin’s open bail on an unrelated case.
Prosecutors say Augustin and another man approached a Lafayette Avenue resident emptying his trash into a dumpster at about midnight. At gunpoint, the assailants robbed him of his house keys and cell phone, warning him not to do “anything stupid.” One assailant stood guard over that victim while the second – believed to be Augustin – went into his apartment building with a silver revolver. more »
A Lynn man will serve at least 15 years in prison for opening fire on a family on Thanksgiving 2008, seriously injuring three people and leaving one with permanent brain damage, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
RAMON ALTAGRACIA (D.O.B. 9/4/79), who was living as HOLVIN CRUZ at the time of the incident, was convicted of all charges yesterday following his trial on three counts of armed assault with intent to murder, two counts of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and a variety of firearms offenses.
Assistant District Attorney Holly Broadbent had recommended terms of 15 to 18 years in state prison on the lead charges plus an additional five to seven years for possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Raymond Brassard sentenced Altagracia to those terms but ordered them to run concurrent with one another rather than consecutively. more »
The state’s highest court today upheld the convictions of a man and woman convicted of murdering a 21-year-old mother and her two-year-old son in an East Boston apartment six years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
The Supreme Judicial Court unanimously affirmed the convictions of JIMS BENECHE (D.O.B. 7/31/83) and JESSICA LYNN DEANE, 23 (D.O.B. 9/16/83), both found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder at separate trials. Jurors at both proceedings found that Beneche and Deane beat and suffocated Kayla Ravenell, Beneche’s ex-girlfriend, and Xavier Ravenell, the son she bore him, on the night of May 22, 2004.
“It’s hard to imagine a crime as heartless as the cold-blooded murder of a young mother and her two-year-old child,” Conley said. “The evidence at both trials proved that these defendants did just that, with their bare hands.” more »
A Chelsea man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for stabbing 22-year-old Luis Garcia-Calle to death outside a Williams Street bar two years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
After about two days of deliberations, a Suffolk Superior Court jury found MARIO MARTINEZ BONILLA (D.O.B. 6/1/86) guilty of first-degree murder under the theory of deliberate premeditation for the Feb. 27, 2008, stabbing that left Garcia-Calle mortally wounded. The East Boston man died in his hospital bed two weeks later.
Prior to sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum told Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Donovan that Garcia-Calle’s parents, who flew in from their native Colombia for the trial and who were in the courtroom when the verdict was read, were “too overcome with emotion” to provide the court with an impact statement. more »
A Peabody man alleged to be a prescription drug kingpin was arrested on the steps of the Boston Municipal Court today as he reported to a court date on an earlier conspiracy case, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
MARINO SPIRAKIS (D.O.B. 7/7/74), who is employed as a cook at a pizza shop, had a box containing $52,000 in cash when he was arrested June 23 amid an ongoing investigation into prescription painkiller trafficking in the Boston area. He later posted $15,000 cash bail – less than half the amount requested by Suffolk prosecutors – when arraigned the next day on charges of conspiracy to traffic in a Class B substance.
This morning, as he approached the Boston Municipal Court for a scheduled hearing on that case, Spirakis was taken into custody by State Police and federal agents who had learned that he was directing the delivery and sale of 5,000 30mg Percocet tablets seized yesterday at the Copley MBTA station. more »
A Roxbury man was held on high bail today following his arrest near the Rhode Island border for a violent November robbery that left one victim with a head injury and a twice-convicted killer behind bars, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
MARVIN SMITH (D.O.B. 3/14/56) was arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court today as the second assailant in the Nov. 9, 2009, armed robbery of the Boston Cab Company on Kilmarnock Street. He was arrested in Blackstone last night after Boston Police criminalists recovered biological evidence from a discarded baseball cap at the scene and entered it into a DNA database.
Smith is charged with armed robbery while masked, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Assistant District Attorney Philip O’Brien recommended that he be held on $200,000 cash bail; Judge Edward Redd set bail at $65,000. more »
An East Boston man who fled the state and used an alias after allegedly gunning down Luis Raul Rodriguez in broad daylight was held without bail today following his arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.
The Suffolk County Grand Jury on Sept. 13 indicted JONATHAN CARVALHO (D.O.B. 10/29/89) on charges of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm for the 29-year-old Chelsea victim’s fatal shooting on Aug. 10. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Amy Galatis, Superior Court Clerk Gary D. Wilson ordered Carvalho held without bail, as Carvalho has been since his arraignment in Chelsea District Court six days later.
Galatis told the court that, at approximately 12:30 on the afternoon of the shooting, Carvalho went to the victim’s Central Avenue home with another individual. That individual knocked on Rodriguez’s apartment door. When Rodriguez answered, Galatis said, the individual told him that Carvalho was waiting for him outside. more »
An alleged double murderer was held without bail today following his arraignment for the shooting deaths of Angel Acevedo and Jenret Appleberry in a Chelsea apartment early Labor Day morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
STEVEN ANDRE (D.O.B. 5/5/88), who was most recently living in Malden, was formally charged with two counts of murder for allegedly shooting the 25-year-old Acevedo and 26-year-old Appleberry to death inside their Chester Avenue residence in the early morning hours of Sept. 6.
Andre was arrested yesterday afternoon by State Police homicide detectives assigned to Conley’s office and Chelsea Police detectives who had been investigating the murders since they were first reported. more »
“All my hopes and dreams died on November 9, 2008 with the little girl who defined me,” the heartbroken mother of 19-year-old Alexandra “Xanda” Gomes wrote in a statement read aloud to the court after the man charged with fatally shooting the teen admitted to his role in her death.
“Not a day has passed that I do not shed a tear, and more often than not, you can find me totally despondent, a broken woman who wants nothing more than to hold her baby and hear her say, ‘I love you mommy,’” Gomes’ mother wrote.
At a Suffolk Superior Court hearing today, DANIEL HARRIS (D.O.B. 1/1/85) of Dorchester was sentenced to 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting Gomes on Elder Street on the evening of Nov. 9, 2008, and three counts of armed assault with intent to murder for the non-fatal shooting of three others. He also admitted to unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition. more »
A Somerville man and his Revere associate performed illegal liposuctions and other procedures with no medical or aesthetician’s licenses, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said after their arraignments today.
VICTOR HERNANDEZ (D.O.B. 5/28/72) and his associate, MARIA NASCIENTO (D.O.B. 5/22/55), were arraigned this afternoon in Chelsea District Court on charges of unauthorized practice of medicine for allegedly performing cosmetic surgery at their offices on Broadway in Revere. The two were also charged with distribution of a Class E substance, possession of a Class E substance with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to distribute a Class E substance, all related to the use of Lidocaine, a local anesthetic, during the procedures.
“We’ve already seen what can happen when surgical procedures are performed by people without legitimate training and licensure,” Conley said, referring to the death of a 24-year-old woman during an operation in Framingham. “Local, state, and federal authorities are trying to keep it from happening again.” more »
The state’s highest court today affirmed the four first-degree murder convictions handed down two years ago for the fatal shootings of Jason Bachiller, Jihad Chankhour, Edwin Duncan, and Christopher Vieira during the robbery of three firearms in the basement of a Bourneside Street home, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
CALVIN CARNES, Jr. (D.O.B. 8/8/86) was convicted of all charges after two and a half weeks of trial during the summer of 2008 featuring 65 witnesses and more than 200 physical exhibits. In addition to finding him guilty of the murders, jurors also convicted Carnes of three counts of armed robbery, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, and single counts of larceny over $250 and unlawful possession of a large-capacity firearm.
“We reject the defendant’s claims, affirm his convictions, and, after review of the entire record … decline to exercise our power to grant extraordinary relief,” the court wrote in a unanimous 16-page decision authored by Justice Judith Cowin. more »
A former Middleboro man pleaded guilty yesterday to carjacking an Auburn grandmother in downtown Boston last year, accepting more than a decade in prison rather than face trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
RICHARD MORSE, Jr. (D.O.B. 12/23/60), who was living at the Pine Street Inn at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to carjacking, armed robbery, assault and battery on a person over 60, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon for the incidents that unfolded near Downtown Crossing on the evening of Nov. 2, 2009.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Thomas Connors sentenced Morse to 11 years in state prison on the carjacking charge, concurrent terms of four to five years on the assault and assault and battery charges, and five years of probation on the armed robbery charge, to begin upon his release from prison in the year 2020. Should Morse re-offend while on probation, he faces up to life in prison, Conley said. more »
The state’s highest court yesterday upheld the 2007 conviction of a Dorchester man who shot two people he believed had seen him commit an earlier homicide, killing one and injuring the other, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
The Supreme Judicial Court unanimously affirmed HELDER BARBOSA’s convictions for first-degree murder, armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm. The convictions stem from the Oct. 24, 2004, shooting death of 29-year-old Edward Serret and the non-fatal shooting of another man, then 26.
At trial, Suffolk prosecutors proved that Barbosa shot the surviving victim once in the shoulder and, when he feigned death, turned the gun on Serret and shot him six times, killing him. Evidence and testimony proved that Barbosa continued to beat Serret even as he died of gunshot wounds to his lungs and liver. more »
A Dorchester man was ordered held without bail today on a murder charge stemming from the strangulation of his wife, 39-year-old Victoria Paron, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
Assistant District Attorney David Deakin, Conley’s senior domestic violence prosecutor and chief of the DA’s Family Protection and Sexual Assault Bureau, said ROGER PARON, Jr. (D.O.B. 4/30/59) killed her Sept. 4 in a residence they shared on Bicknell Street.
“More than almost any other crime, domestic violence afflicts people of every age, ethnicity, income, and orientation,” Conley said. “If you’re in an abusive relationship, or if you know someone who is, we’re ready to help. No one should have to live in fear of an intimate partner.” more »
State Police assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office and Chelsea Police detectives continue to investigate the shooting deaths of two men whose identities were released today.
The men were identified as Angel Acevedo, 25, and Jenret Appleberry, 26. Both were Chelsea residents.
Investigators believe the two men were shot to death inside a residence at 95 Chester Ave. at about 2:00 Monday morning. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. more »
The trio who allegedly robbed and murdered 58-year-old Richel Nova were held without bail at their arraignment this morning on charges that they slaughtered him moments after he delivered a pizza to an abandoned home on Hyde Park Avenue, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
ALEXANDER GALLETT (D.O.B. 4/28/92) of Hyde Park; his girlfriend, YAMILEY MATHURIN (D.O.B. 2/25/93) of Mattapan; and MICHEL ST. JEAN (D.O.B. 8/3/90) of Hyde Park were formally charged in West Roxbury District Court with murder for allegedly stabbing Nova to death on the night of Sept. 2. They are additionally charged with armed robbery for taking a quantity of cash from Nova during the attack and breaking and entering for unlawfully gaining access to the unoccupied residence where the incident unfolded.
“Every new piece of evidence we uncover makes this crime more despicable,” Conley said. “Taken together, they paint a picture of almost unbelievable malevolence.” more »
State Police homicide detectives assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office and Chelsea Police detectives are investigating the deaths of two young men early this morning on Chester Avenue.
Investigators believe the two victims, both male and in their 20s, were shot to death inside a residence at 95 Chester Ave. at about 2:00 this morning.
Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities have not yet been confirmed and will not be released until family members have been notified.
Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Chelsea Police at 617-466-4835. All callers may remain anonymous if they wish.
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today delivered the following remarks on the arrests of ALEXANDER GALLETT, MICHEL ST. JEAN, and YAMILEY MATHURIN for the Sept. 2 homicide of 58-year-old Richel Nova:
“This weekend we remember America’s working men and women, the laborers and salt of the earth who built our nation in the trades and services. Richel Nova was just such a man, but for his family this time will be remembered for something else – something terrible and tragic.
“Because while most of us were planning beach trips and barbecues, someone else was plotting the craven ambush that took Mr. Nova’s life. And now a family from Hyde Park plans to bury its patriarch, whose life was stolen along with the handful of dollar bills he carried. more »
State Police detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office have identified the man found dead near the Charles River Esplanade early this morning.
Using a post office box number handwritten on a scrap of paper found in the man’s pocket, detectives were able to identify the deceased late this afternoon as a 54-year-old Upton man. They were then able to contact the man’s sister and inform her of his death.
Firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and police responding to a passerby’s 4:45 a.m. call found the man slumped to his right on a park bench facing the water near the Hatch Memorial Shell. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause and manner of his death remain under investigation pending a complete autopsy, but investigators saw no outward signs of trauma or obvious indications of foul play. more »
A Roxbury woman will serve at least six months in jail, with the potential for another two years behind bars if she doesn’t abide by the conditions of a four-year probationary term set after her conviction for misleading police after her 8-year-old son was shot to death, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
Assistant District Attorney David Deakin, Conley’s chief child abuse prosecutor, recommended a 2½-year jail term for LAKEISHA GADSON (D.O.B. 8/17/76) following her conviction for misleading a police officer – a crime under Massachusetts’ witness intimidation statute – after her son, Liquarry Jefferson, was shot to death by a young cousin as they played with Gadson’s older son’s unregistered, unsecured, loaded handgun.
Deakin recommended that Gadson serve one year behind bars with the balance suspended for three years, further recommending that she be ordered to complete a parenting class and abide by any orders imposed by the Department of Children and Families regarding her remaining three children. more »
A 16-year-old Roxbury youth was held on half a million dollars’ cash bail for allegedly stabbing an adult on an MBTA bus this week and had his open bail on two pending cases revoked, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
The defendant, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, was arraigned in the Boston Juvenile Court this morning on charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The youth was arrested yesterday afternoon by MBTA Transit Police investigating the Tuesday evening incident onboard a Route 23 bus.
“From what we’ve gathered thus far, this was a vicious and utterly pointless attack,” Conley said. more »