Dec 31, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 31, 2013—The death of a 59-year-old Melrose man struck by a support vehicle at Logan International Airport last night appears to be accidental, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

State Police detectives assigned to Conley’s office are still investigating the incident, which took place at about 7:30 on the tarmac in the airport’s north cargo area, but no charges have been sought as of this morning. Assisting in the investigation are State Police Troop F investigators, the Crime Scene Services Section, the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and Massport personnel. more »


Dec 30, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 30, 2013—A Mattapan man was arraigned today on charges that he assaulted a woman, hit a responding Boston police officer with a car, and led others on a pursuit before being arrested, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JEROMIE JOHNSON (D.O.B. 12/6/81) was arraigned on two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and a single count each of assault and battery, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to stop.  Assistant District Attorney Tai Antoine requested that bail be set at $5,000 and Johnson be ordered to stay away from the location of the incident and refrain from abusing the woman whom he had allegedly assaulted.  Judge John E. McDonald set $2,000 bail and granted the no abuse order. more »


Dec 26, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 18, 2013—The Suffolk County Grand Jury has returned a first-degree murder indictment against the man accused of killing 27-year-old Jajuan Griffin in Dorchester this summer, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DIOVANNI CARTER (D.O.B. 10/25/89) of Dorchester is currently held for violating the terms of his probation on a 2010 gun case for which he served three years behind bars. He will be arraigned on the murder charge in Suffolk Superior Court on Jan. 2. more »


Dec 24, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 24, 2013—The alleged gunman in a June homicides of Ana Cruz, Felix Garcia, and Brian Tirado was ordered held without bail at his arraignment today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JAEL ROMERO (D.O.B. 5/30/90), who has claimed residences in Chelsea and Roxbury, was indicted Nov. 22 on three counts of second-degree murder and firearms offenses for the June 22 shootings at an Intervale Street house party. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Gretchen Lundgren, Suffolk Superior Court Clerk Magistrate Gary Wilson ordered Romero held without bail pending trial, currently scheduled for December 2014. more »


Dec 23, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 23, 2013—A North End man and his homeless co-defendant were arraigned today in connection with a pair of armed robberies yesterday, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RICHARD PUOPOLO (D.O.B. 7/25/86) of the North End and CARLOS VENABLE (D.O.B. 1/5/70), who is homeless, were arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court. Puopolo was charged with armed robbery for one incident, unarmed robbery for another, and unlawful possession of a Class E substance, while Venable was charged with armed robbery for the second incident only. more »


Dec 23, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 23, 2013—A teacher’s aide at a Hyde Park school was held on high bail today at his arraignment on charges that he inappropriately touched a special needs student, Suffolk County District attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

THOMAS J. BURKE, Jr. (D.O.B. 5/10/56) of Roslindale was arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on charges of indecent assault and battery on a person with a disability and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon – a shod foot. Assistant District Attorney Adrian Bispham recommended $125,000 cash bail; Judge Kathleen Coffey imposed $12,500 bail but granted prosecutors’ requests for orders that Burke stay away from all children under 17 and all schools and playgrounds, except for an employment-related hearing on Jan. 3. more »


Dec 20, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 20, 2013— A 17-year-old was arraigned today after he bragged to classmates about having a gun and assaulted a Boston police officer, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Dorchester teen, whose name is not being released due to his age, was arraigned in the juvenile session of Dorchester District Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, assault and battery on a police officer, and resisting arrest.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Courtney Doherty, Clerk Ellen Coughlin set bail in the amount of $10,000 and order the defendant to stay away from the location where the incident occurred. more »


Dec 20, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 20, 2013—The man who brutally murdered Rosanna Camilo was sentenced to spend life in prison after family members today described their lives without the devoted mother.

Jurors deliberated for one day before finding ELDRICK BROOM (D.O.B. 4/7/84) guilty of aggravated rape and first-degree murder under both the theories of extreme atrocity and cruelty and felony murder.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Gretchen Lundgren of the DA’s Homicide Unit, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke imposed the mandatory sentence for first-degree murder of life without the possibility of parole.  As aggravated rape was the felony requisite to the felony murder finding, Locke placed the conviction on file. more »


Dec 19, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 19, 2013—A Mansfield man was held on high bail this week at his arraignment for allegedly trying to lure a 16-year-old girl into sexual exploitation through emails and text messages, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SEAN PATRICK WEBB (D.O.B. 4/22/62) was arraigned in Roxbury District Court yesterday on charges of electronic enticement of a child for prostitution, soliciting prostitution, and posing a child in a state of nudity. Assistant District Attorney Dana Pierce recommended that he be held on $25,000 cash bail; bail was set at $10,000. At prosecutors’ request, he was ordered to stay away from all children under 16, to stay away from schools and playgrounds, to refrain from computer and internet use, to abide by an 8pm to 6 am curfew, and to wear a GPS tracking device if he posts that amount. more »


Dec 19, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 29, 2013—A former Hyde Park resident will serve up to 25 years in state prison after a jury convicted him of sexually assaulting a young relative over a period of years, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

PEDRO TORRES (D.O.B. 5/3/67) was convicted Dec. 13 of four counts of rape of a child and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child. Torres had previously been tried on those offenses, but the earlier jury declared itself hopelessly deadlocked and could not reach a unanimous verdict. more »


Dec 18, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 18, 2013—Shot dead amid a senseless gang feud that has torn Boston’s Cape Verdean community apart, 24-year-old Anthony Depina was remembered today as a basketball standout and “a young man with dreams for his son,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Depina’s cousin and the mother of his 3-year-old child spoke at a sentencing hearing for Depina’s childhood friend, JASON BARBOSA (D.O.B. 1/8/89), convicted yesterday of first-degree murder in Depina’s cold-blooded slaying last year. Evidence and testimony adduced at trial proved that Barbosa and Depina had grown up as friends, but turned to rivals as they allied themselves with different street gangs. more »


Dec 18, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 18, 2013—A Brighton man was sentenced to prison yesterday after a jury found him guilty of robbing a Brighton sandwich shop staffed by a former high school classmate, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

Jurors deliberated for approximately two hours on Monday before finding STANLEY SAINTIL (D.O.B. 1/29/92) guilty of armed robbery while masked and possession of a sawed off shotgun.  Assistant District Attorney Montez Haywood of the DA’s Major Felony Bureau recommended a sentence of seven to nine years in prison.  Judge Judith Fabricant imposed a sentence of five to seven years. more »


Dec 17, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 17, 2013—A member of a violent Roxbury-based street gang was found guilty of first-degree murder for the shooting death of his one-time friend, 24-year-old Anthony Depina, outside a Roxbury bar last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Jurors convicted JASON BARBOSA (D.O.B. 1/8/89) after eight days of trial and about two days of deliberations. He faces a mandatory life term without the possibility of parole when sentenced tomorrow morning. more »


Dec 17, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 17, 2013—A former youth baseball coach already convicted of child enticement has now been charged with raping one of his young players, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSE “BRUJO” ORTEGA (D.O.B. 7/4/71) of  Roslindale was arraigned Dec. 11 in West Roxbury District Court on charges of aggravated rape of a child, indecent assault and battery on a child, and indecent assault and battery. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Laura Montgomery, Judge Michael Coyne imposed $250,000 cash bail. more »


Dec 16, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 16, 2013—Two men, both with prior gun convictions, were held without bail at their arraignment today for the shooting death this weekend of 25-year-old Romeo McCubbin in Mattapan, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

OMAR BONNER (D.O.B. 8/2/87) of Hyde Park and OMAR DENTON (D.O.B. 5/9/84) of Milton was arraigned on charges of murder, unlawful possession of a firearm as a second or subsequent offense, and resisting arrest. more »


Dec 16, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 13, 2013—A Lowell father was ordered held without bail at his arraignment today in the shaking death of his son, 9-week-old William Berry, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CHRISTOPHER BERRY (D.O.B. 5/14/90) was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn today on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of his infant son.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Gloriann Moroney, chief of the Suffolk DA’s Child Protection Unit, Berry was ordered held without bail. more »


Dec 16, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 16, 2013—A Dorchester woman was driving with a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit when she struck and severely injured a Boston man near the JFK/UMass MBTA station, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

KATHLEEN ABBAN (D.O.B. 1/10/74) was arraigned in Dorchester District Court today for the collision last night on Old Colony Avenue beneath the Columbia Road overpass. She was charged with operating under the influence as a second offense, operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, leaving the scene of an accident causing property damage, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. more »


Dec 16, 2013

BOSTON, Dec.16, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today concluded his review of the fatal shooting last summer of Burrell Ramsey-White by a Boston Police officer after Ramsey-White pointed a loaded handgun at the officer’s head. The review of more than 1,000 pages of documentary evidence, numerous civilian witness statements, surveillance imagery, and the relevant statutes and case law showed that the officer acted in self-defense against a deadly threat.

Prior to making those findings public, Conley met with independent community stakeholders under his own voluntary policy to explain the evidence and his decision. Those stakeholders included representatives of the Nation of Islam, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Bowdoin Street Health Center, the Boston Re-Entry Initiative, the Teen Center at St. Peter’s Church, the City of Boston Street Worker Program, and the Boston Foundation StreetSafe program. Representatives of the Boston TenPoint Coalition, NAACP, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and additional clerical and community groups were invited but were unable to attend. more »


Dec 16, 2013

Dec 13, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 13, 2013—State Police assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office and Revere Police detectives are investigating a single-vehicle crash that killed one young man and left another with life-threatening injuries this morning.

Revere Police were called to 1936 North Shore Rd. shortly after 7:00 a.m. for the activation of a residential alarm. There they found a Subaru Impreza that had struck the home, causing major damage to the vehicle and serious injuries to two occupants. No one inside the home was injured. more »


Dec 13, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 13, 2013—The Middlesex County Grand Jury yesterday returned an indictment charging a Lowell father with second-degree murder in the shaking death of 9-week-old William Berry earlier this year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The indictment moves the case against CHRISTOPHER BERRY (D.O.B. 5/14/90) from Lowell District Court, where he had previously been charged, to Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, where he will be arraigned on Monday. more »


Dec 12, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 12, 2013—A Suffolk Superior Court Jury late today acquitted a Roxbury man charged with the 2010 homicide of 54-year-old Victor Brookens.

LUIS PIMENTEL (D.O.B. 2/19/93) had been charged with first-degree murder for Brookens’ shooting death inside his own Samoset Street apartment. Brookens was found dead of gunshot wounds on Dec. 6, 2010. more »


Dec 12, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 12, 2013—An off-duty Boston Police officer was arraigned today on charges that he pointed a loaded firearm at two people while intoxicated last night, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SANDRO FONSECA, 30, of Roxbury was arraigned in Roxbury District Court today on two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of carrying a firearm while intoxicated. Assistant District Attorney Dana Pierce recommended $5000 cash bail and orders that he surrender his firearms, stay away from the victims and any witnesses, remain drug- and alcohol-free during the pendency of the case, undergo evaluation for drug and alcohol dependency and seek treatment as deemed necessary, and comply with the recommendations of Boston Police stress counselors. Judge Pamela Dashiell granted those recommendations. more »


Dec 12, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 12, 2013—A Dorchester man and a Roxbury juvenile were arraigned yesterday on charges stemming from a stabbing and bleach attack that began onboard an MBTA bus in Dorchester last week, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

JAHMAHL GALLOWAY (D.O.B. 12/7/94) was arraigned in Dorchester District Court on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  Assistant District Attorney Courtney Doherty requested that he be held on $10,000 bail.  Judge James Coffey set bail in the amount of $500 and ordered him to stay away and have no contact with the victims and witnesses in the case. more »


Dec 11, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 11, 2013—A three-month plainclothes interagency drug investigation netted eight accused Winthrop drug dealers and two additional offenders with open warrants, courtesy of Winthrop Police, State Police, and detectives assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office.

The sweep targeted offenders from whom plainclothes detectives had bought narcotics during controlled purchases that began in September to curb drug distribution and quality-of-life offenses in the peninsular town. more »


Dec 11, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 11, 2013—The South Boston man charged with murdering 24-year-old Amy Lord and violently attacking three other women will continue to be held without bail after his Superior Court arraignment today, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

EDWIN ALEMANY (D.O.B. 9/2/84) was arraigned on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, armed carjacking, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of armed robbery while masked, armed assault with intent to rape, stealing by confining, arson of a motor vehicle, and assault and battery, all in connection with Lord’s July 23 homicide.  He was also charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault and battery, armed assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and unarmed robbery stemming from three additional attacks that occurred in Mission Hill and South Boston before and after Lord’s July 23 homicide. more »


Dec 11, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 11, 2013—The investigation into a fatality involving a Revere woman struck by an MBTA bus continues today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

State Police detectives assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office – with the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, and troopers from the Revere barracks – are working with Revere Police and MBTA Transit Police to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding the death last night of 52-year-old Gayle Johnson on Broadway. more »


Dec 10, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 10, 2013—A woman found suffering from serious injuries on Broadway early this morning has died and authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying her assailant, Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

The woman has been identified as a Revere resident in her 40s. Her name will be released when full family notifications have been completed. more »


Dec 9, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 9, 2013—State Police detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office are investigating the unattended death of a man underneath the Longfellow Bridge.

Construction workers on the Boston side of the span came upon the man’s remains and notified State Police shortly after 11:00 this morning. The Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit, along with uniformed troopers and the Crime Scene Services Section, responded to the area because the bridge carries a State roadway and the river beneath it is a State waterway. more »


Dec 9, 2013

Investigation Ongoing in Probe of Dorchester Incident

BOSTON, Dec. 9, 2013—A Dorchester man was held on high bail today at his arraignment on charges that he body-blocked a Boston Police officer pursuing an associate who allegedly opened fire, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. more »


Dec 6, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 6, 2013—Eleven accused members of a Boston-based drug-trafficking organization have been arrested, with one alleged leader held on $1 million cash bail at his arraignment on a raft of narcotics charges, Acting Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, and Special Agent in Charge Vincent Lisi of the FBI’s Boston Division said today.

The arrests came amid Operation Whirlwind, a wiretap-based offshoot of an earlier federal investigation. The operation led to the seizure of some $40,000 in cash, an additional $800 in counterfeit US currency, two illegal firearms, and just under a kilogram of heroin. Seven defendants were arrested yesterday morning; four more were already in custody, having been arrested on various dates throughout the investigation. more »


Dec 3, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 2, 2013—More than two decades after 38-year-old Richard Gleason of Cambridge was stabbed to death inside a Dorchester apartment, the man long suspected of killing him finally admitted his guilt, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

EUGENE SUTTON (D.O.B. 5/16/65) pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter in Gleason’s 1989 slaying.  Judge Christine Roach imposed the maximum sentence of 19 to 20 years in prison.  Sutton went to trial on a murder charge last year, but that trial ended in a hung jury exactly one year ago today.  Jury selection in his re-trial was scheduled to begin tomorrow. more »


Dec 3, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 3, 2013—A driver for a private van company was arraigned today on charges that he sexually assaulted two developmentally-disabled riders in his care repeatedly last month, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

ROBERT T. BUCKLEY (D.O.B. 9/14/49) of Salem was formally charged in Chelsea District Court with four counts of indecent assault and battery on a person with an intellectual disability and one count of intimidation of a witness. Assistant District Attorney Ursula Knight recommended that he be held on $10,000 cash bail. Judge Matthew Nestor set bail at $1,000. more »


Dec 3, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 3, 2013—The prisoner accused of shooting a deputy sheriff during a trip to a Boston hospital remains held on $1 million cash bail following his indictment for a litany of violent offenses linked to his alleged escape plot, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury on Nov. 15 indicted RAYMOND WALLACE (D.O.B. 5/5/77) of Marblehead on charges of escape, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm as a second offense, unlawful possession of a large-capacity feeding device, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, and two counts of assault and battery on a corrections officer. Because of his prior record, Wallace was additionally indicted as an armed career criminal and habitual offender. more »


Dec 2, 2013

Family Speaks as Two Get Life for Murder of 16-Year-Old

BOSTON, Dec. 2, 2013—Two Dorchester men were sentenced to life in prison today after prosecutors proved that they gunned down 16-year-old Jaivon Blake and nearly killed his 14-year-old friend in a gang-related shooting two years ago, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. more »


Dec 2, 2013

Back Bay Patch, Nov. 29, 2013

Suffolk County prosecutors, victim advocates, and others serving Boston’s Back Bay came together this week for a day-long training seminar in Boston that they hope will help interrupt the cycle of domestic violence and identify defendants whose abuse may become lethal, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Read more at http://backbay.patch.com/groups/announcements/p/back-bays-prosecutors-advocates-undergo-domestic-violence-training


Nov 29, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 29, 2013—Suffolk County DA Dan Conley and Middlesex DA Marian Ryan this week brought prosecutors, victim advocates, and others together for a day-long training seminar in Boston that they hope will help interrupt the cycle of domestic violence and identify defendants whose abuse may become lethal.

The main speaker at the Nov. 25 “DV and the DA” event was Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell. A nationally and internationally respected authority on intimate partner violence, Campbell is the author of seven books and more than 200 articles on DV and related topics, has been the primary investigator in numerous federally-funded research grants, and co-chaired the steering committee for the World Health Organization’s Multi-County Study on Violence Against Women and Women’s Health. more »


Nov 27, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 27, 2013—The woman accused of killing 7-year-old Brianna Rosales while driving drunk was ordered held without bail at her arraignment this morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

OLIVIA MORA (D.O.B. 7/19/77) was arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence, operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury, and operating a motor vehicle with an expired registration. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Masai King, Judge Jonathan Tynes ordered Mora held without bail. more »


Nov 26, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 26, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Acting Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans today identified the alleged gunman in the shooting that left Ana Cruz, Felix Garcia, and Brian Tirado dead at a house party in Roxbury this summer.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury late Friday returned indictments charging JAEL ROMERO (D.O.B. 5/30/90) with three counts of second-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm for the June 22 incident at 153 Intervale St. Romero is currently held on open, unrelated charges in Bristol County and a warrant has been lodged to hold him in the event that he posts bail in that case. more »


Nov 25, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 25, 2013—An off-duty State trooper is accused of operating under the influence of alcohol and illicit drugs when he collided with a marked State Police cruiser that in turn struck a civilian vehicle, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

SHAWN D’AMATO (D.O.B. 5/14/71) was arraigned in his bed at Massachusetts General Hospital on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol, operating under the influence of drugs, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to change lanes for an emergency vehicle. Assistant District Attorney Christopher Henry recommended that he be held on $2,000 cash bail and be ordered not to drive while the case is pending. Chelsea District Court Judge Benjamin Barnes released him on his own recognizance but imposed the no-driving order. more »


Nov 25, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 25, 2013—A Hyde Park man already facing one drunk driving charge is now charged with another in which he allegedly crashed a pick-up truck, killing his passenger, then fled the scene and left her dead, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

GREGORY COLANDRIS (D.O.B. 4/10/91), whose driver’s license is suspended, was arraigned today in West Roxbury District Court on charges of operating under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident causing death. Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Megrian recommended that he be held on $150,000 cash bail on this case and that his bail on an earlier West Roxbury drunk driving case and a Brockton assault and battery case be revoked. Judge Debra Shopteese imposed $50,000 and the revocation orders. more »


Nov 22, 2013

Another Victim, 14, Nearly Killed in Gang-Related Shooting

BOSTON, Nov. 22, 2013— Two Dorchester men were found guilty today of gunning down 16-year-old Jaivon Blake as part of a gang feud in which the youth had no part, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. more »


Nov 22, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 20, 2013—A repeat drunk driver from Canton was arraigned this week after he struck another vehicle while operating under the influence of alcohol, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

HECTOR TOLEDO (D.O.B. 4/24/64) was arraigned Monday in West Roxbury District Court on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol as a fourth offense and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Judge Robert McKenna granted Assistant District Attorney Christopher Aiello’s request that bail be set in the amount of $5,000 and revoked Toledo’s bail in an open case out of Boston Municipal Court in which he is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery, as well as a second case out of Dedham District Court charging assault and battery.  He was additionally ordered to remain alcohol-free. more »


Nov 19, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 19, 2013—A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted the Boston man who fatally shot 32-year-old Carl Bonnie during a 2009 drug deal, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

After about eight days of testimony and almost two days of deliberations, jurors found TREVOR “SPECIALIST” HIGGINS (D.O.B. 10/22/74) guilty of second-degree murder and unlawful possession of a shotgun in connection with Bonnie’s Nov. 12, 2009 shooting death.  Sentencing will take place Friday, at which time Judge Judith Fabricant is expected to impose the mandatory sentence for second-degree murder of life in prison with the possibility of parole.  more »


Nov 19, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 19, 2013—A Pembroke man was arraigned last week for allegedly driving drunk and pointing a freshly-purchased, fully-loaded handgun at other drivers in the Tip O’Neil Tunnel, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

GUY MILLER III (D.O.B. 7/31/69) was arraigned Friday in the Boston Municipal Court with operating under the influence as a second offense, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, improper storage of a large capacity firearm, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Miller was not charged with unlawfully possessing the firearm because he had a valid license to carry it. more »


Nov 18, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 18, 2013—A South Boston man and his teenaged son were formally charged with murder today for allegedly taking part in the violent attack yesterday that left 29-year-old Edwin Santos dead, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ANGEL SANCHEZ, 16, was arraigned this afternoon in South Boston District Court for his role in the fatal beating and stabbing. Though he is a Juvenile, Sanchez’ case is open to the public because he is charged with murder. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Mark Zanini, chief of the DA’s Juvenile Unit, Judge Michael Bolden ordered him held without bail. more »


Nov 18, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 18, 2013—A Newton man was arraigned today on charges he stabbed a bar employee after a failed attempt to cut the line at a downtown bar, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

PETER DAMELIO (D.O.B. 9/11/75) was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery.  Assistant District Attorney Ian Leson requested that bail for Damelio be set at $25,000 and that his bail be revoked in an open case out of Somerville District Court charging him with drug offenses.  Judge Mark Hart Summerville set bail in the amount of $15,000 and revoked Damelio’s bail. more »


Nov 18, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 18, 2013—The state’s highest court last week reversed a decision by a Boston Municipal Court judge who vacated a defendant’s guilty pleas more than a decade after accepting them, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Supreme Judicial Court On Nov. 12 vacated a 2011 order by Boston Municipal Court Judge Raymond Dougan, Jr., allowing ANGEL CARTAGENA (D.O.B. 3/21/53) to withdraw his 1996 guilty pleas to two counts of larceny over $250, two counts of uttering, and one count of receiving stolen property. The Massachusetts Appeals Court last year similarly reversed the order, but Cartagena appealed that decision to the SJC, which remanded the case for further findings by the plea judge. more »


Nov 18, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 18, 2013—The man who pulled a gun on Joseph Morante, Jr., during a July 31 robbery pulled the trigger even though he faced no resistance from the store clerk, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ELOSKO BROWN (D.O.B. 2/23/86) of Brockton was arraigned in Roxbury District Court today on charges of murder, armed robbery, and unlawful possession of a firearm, all in connection with Morante’s shooting death outside the Roxbury electronics store where he worked. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin, he was ordered held without bail pending trial. more »


Nov 15, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 15, 2013—More than 20 men and women were arrested in Boston and other municipalities last night and this morning after a lengthy wiretap investigation targeting a sophisticated drug trafficking network, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Acting Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said today.

Warrant sweeps based on evidence developed by the DA’s Narcotics Unit and Boston Police Special Investigations Unit began last night and continued today in Dorchester, Roxbury, Beacon Hill, and Mattapan – but also in Abington, Attleboro, Duxbury, Quincy, and Salem, officials said. more »


Nov 15, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 15, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley was joined by Acting Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and a top courtroom prosecutor to deliver the following remarks on a 20-count indictment charging EDWIN ALEMANY (D.O.B. 9/2/84) with the July 23 homicide of Amy Lord and three other attacks on women: more »


Nov 13, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 13, 2013—A Quincy attorney was arraigned on drug charges today for allegedly bringing a controlled substance to a person at Chelsea District Court, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MICHAEL LUSTIG (D.O.B. 7/13/68) was arraigned on charges of possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws for allegedly bringing Suboxone tablets – prescribed for opiate addiction but also sold and used illicitly – to court today with the alleged intention of delivering them to ALICIA DEMARCO (D.O.B. 1/1/86). DeMarco is not Lustig’s client. more »


Nov 8, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 8, 2013—A Marlboro man was charged with kidnapping and related charges yesterday for allegedly forcing a Revere woman into his Jaguar at the point of a gun, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JEAN DORESCA (D.O.B. 10/1/87) was arraigned in Chelsea District Court on charges of armed kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, witness intimidation, and a violating a municipal ordinance violation against carrying a knife with a blade longer than 2½ inches.  Assistant District Attorney Michael Lafleur requested that bail be set in the amount of $20,000 and that an order be entered protecting the victim’s personal identifying information.  Judge Benjamin Barnes declined to impose monetary bail and released Doresca on his own recognizance with orders to stay away and have no contact with the victim. He did not issue the protective order. more »


Nov 8, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 8, 2013—A Medford man was arraigned yesterday for allegedly assaulting an MBTA bus driver in October, leading to a collision that damaged three parked cars, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DOUGLAS BERGERON (D.O.B. 5/17/81), who has three open criminal cases in as many courthouses, is now charged with a fourth: an October incident on a Route 117 bus for which he is charged with assault and battery on a public employee, interfering with a bus driver, and three counts of wanton destruction of property. more »


Nov 7, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 7, 2013—A Charlestown man has admitted to possessing multiple specimens of child pornography on his laptop computer and portable storage devices seized by Boston Police last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

JAMES MANSFIELD (D.O.B. 5/10/65) pleaded guilty Monday to the four counts of possession of child pornography for which he was indicted in February of this year. Those indictments, sought by the chief of the DA’s Child Protection Unit, doubled the number of charges he originally faced after his arrest in October 2012. more »


Nov 4, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 4, 2013—Things went from bad to worse for a South End man arraigned today after his decision to show off for his friends – and a State trooper behind him at the red light he ran – led to the discovery of a loaded handgun in the trunk of his car, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

HECTOR L. DELVALLE (D.O.B. 9/4/84) was arraigned today in East Boston District Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, receiving a firearm with a defaced serial number, possession of a Class E substance, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, and the civil offenses of failing to stop at a red light, failing to wear a seatbelt, and possessing less than an ounce of marijuana. Assistant District Attorney Janine D’Amico requested that Delvalle’s bail be set at $10,000 with conditions that he abide by a curfew and submit to GPS monitoring. Judge Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., set bail in the amount of $7,500 and imposed the recommended conditions of release. more »


Oct 31, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 31, 2013—A New York man with a lengthy record for selling counterfeit tickets was arraigned today for allegedly plying his trade at Fenway Park just hours before the Red Sox won the 2013 World Series, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CLARK L. BELL (D.O.B. 5/10/80) of New York City was formally charged in Roxbury District Court today with larceny over $250, uttering a false document, and providing a false name to police. Prosecutors recommended $7500 cash bail and orders to stay away from Fenway Park, to remain in Massachusetts pending trial, and to check in with a probation officer once per week. Judge Tracy-Lee Lyons imposed $5000 cash bail and all the recommended conditions of release if he posts that amount. more »


Oct 31, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 31, 2013—A dozen people arrested in Boston after last night’s World Series win appeared in a Boston courtroom today, with 10 of them being arraigned today on charges related to their alleged conduct, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Of the 12 people arrested by Boston, State, and MBTA Transit police, Roxbury District Court Judge Tracy-Lee Lyons dismissed one case for lack of probable cause and continued a second man’s case for arraignment at a later date.  Those two men were a 23-year-old Allston man arrested by Transit Police for trespassing into the tunnel leading from the Blandford Street MBTA stop toward Kenmore Square and a 20-year-old Northeastern University student who allegedly refused to follow Boston Police officers’ orders to leave the area of Kenmore Square and recorded the confrontation on his cell phone. more »


Oct 31, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 31, 2013—A Watertown man was arraigned today on charges he struck two cyclists in Allston and fled the scene, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSEPH BESNILIAN (D.O.B. 2/26/90) was arraigned in Brighton District Court on charges of operating under the influence and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury.  Assistant District Attorney Sheila Lawn requested that bail be set in the amount of $5,000.  Judge David Donnelly declined to impose monetary bail and released Besnilian on his own recognizance with orders that he wear a GPS monitor, refrain from driving, remain drug and alcohol-free, and abide by a curfew. more »


Oct 30, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 30, 2013—A Dorchester teen was arraigned yesterday after MBTA Transit Police investigating a cell phone theft found Facebook photos depicting him in the exact clothing he wore during the robbery, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The 17-year-old male, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile under Massachusetts law passed last month, was arraigned yesterday in the juvenile session of Dorchester District Court on a single count of unarmed robbery.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Courtney Doherty, Clerk Magistrate Michelle Bulger set bail in the amount of $500 and ordered him to stay away and have no contact with the victim, abide by home rules and a curfew, and to attend school daily. more »


Oct 29, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 29, 2013—A man accused of attacking and robbing a woman in Roxbury was arraigned yesterday after police officers recognized him from a wanted poster, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JAMES KEANE (D.O.B. 6/12/66) was arraigned yesterday in Roxbury District Court on charges of armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and larceny over $250.  Assistant District Attorney Teresa Jauregui requested that bail be set at $15,000 and, if he is to make bail, that he stay away and have no contact with the victim.  Judge John McDonald set bail in the amount of $5,000 and imposed the recommended conditions. more »


Oct 29, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 28, 2013—A former resident of a Revere group home was convicted of murdering Stephanie Moulton, a 25-year-old employee remembered as deeply committed to the residents she served, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

After about a day and a half of deliberations, a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted DESHAWN JAMES CHAPPELL (D.O.B. 9/9/83) of first-degree murder under the theory of deliberate premeditation in Moulton’s 2011 stabbing death. Judge Jeffrey Locke sentenced him to the mandatory life term without the possibility of parole a short time later. more »


Oct 24, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 24, 2013—A Randolph man who once worked at a Winthrop auto body shop was sentenced to life in prison yesterday after his conviction for rape of a child as a second offense, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury yesterday convicted WILLIAM “FRANK” ANDRADE (D.O.B. 11/8/55) of three counts of rape of a child and five counts of indecent assault and battery on a child. At a second set of proceedings today, Judge Elizabeth Fahey found that he was the same individual convicted of rape of a child in 1992 – a crime for which he was sentenced to seven to 10 years in prison. more »


Oct 23, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 22, 2013—A former employee at a Boston hospital was arraigned today on charges that he used his medical access to obtain more than 500 bottles of Ketamine, a controlled substance, for his own purposes, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSHUA SMITH (D.O.B. 5/8/83), formerly of Somerville and now a resident of Worcester, is charged in Brighton District Court with 18 counts of larceny of a drug. Assistant District Attorney Sheila Lawn recommended that he be held on $10,000 cash bail and that he wear a GPS monitoring device, stay away from his former employer, surrender his passport, remain drug-free, and submit to random drug tests if he posts that amount. more »


Oct 22, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 22, 2013—A Concord man will have to watch the 2013 World Series on television after being ordered to stay away from Fenway Park for allegedly trying to make off with some unlicensed souvenirs, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

THOMAS ROBBINS (D.O.B. 4/22/90) was arraigned in Roxbury District Court yesterday on charges of attempting to commit a crime – larceny over $250 – and trespassing.  Judge Pamela Dashiell granted Assistant District Attorney William Doogan’s request that bail be set in the amount of $300 and that Robbins be ordered to stay away from the location of the offense, America’s most beloved ballpark, for the pendency of the case. more »


Oct 21, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 21, 2013—A former Massachusetts Capitol Police officer was sentenced to at least two months behind bars today after his conviction for indecently assaulting a female acquaintance, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury last week convicted THOMAS PARKER (D.O.B. 6/1/41) of indecent assault and battery and two counts of assault and battery.  Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Riley recommended that Parker be sentenced to 2½ years in a house of correction, with one year to serve and the remaining balance suspended for a period of five years.  more »


Oct 21, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 18, 2013—A former chemist at the Department of Public Health’s Hinton Laboratory was arraigned today for allegedly driving drunk and rear-ending another vehicle, injuring its pregnant operator, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

HEVIS LLESHI (D.O.B. 1/4/82) of Quincy was formally charged in Chelsea District Court with operating under the influence for the incident earlier this week in Revere. Assistant District Attorney Christopher Henry recommended $5,000 bail and orders that she remain free of drugs and alcohol, submit to random testing, and not drive while the case is pending; Judge Benjamin Barnes released her on her own recognizance with prosecutors’ recommended conditions of release. more »


Oct 18, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 18, 2013—A West Roxbury couple and their son were each arraigned today on charges of operating a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors of more than $10 million, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

STEVEN PALLADINO (D.O.B. 9/11/57), LORI PALLADINO (D.O.B. 2/17/61), GREGORY PALLADINO (D.O.B. 3/7/85), and the company the family operated – VIKING FINANCIAL GROUP – were arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court this morning on one count each of larceny over $250, larceny over $250 from a person over 60.  Steven, Lori, and Gregory Palladino were each additionally charged with conspiracy to commit larceny.  Gregory Palladino faced additional charges of withholding evidence and three counts of usury. more »


Oct 16, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 16, 2013—A Lawrence man whose prison sentence was stayed last year after allegations of malfeasance against a former state chemist today had that stay revoked after his arraignment on new charges of drug trafficking, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

PEDRO HERNANDEZ (D.O.B. 7/26/67) and his stepson, ELIONEL BURGOS (D.O.B. 10/18/94) of Hyde Park, were each arraigned in West Roxbury District Court yesterday on a charge of trafficking in heroin. more »


Oct 16, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 16, 2013—A four-month investigation that included more than a dozen undercover drug buys culminated this weekend in the seizure of a handgun, ammunition, more than a kilogram of heroin, and more than $3,000 in cash, Revere Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli, State Police Colonel Timothy Alben, and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

JEAN CARLOS ORFIL ARIAS TEJADA (D.O.B. 7/29/89) of Brighton, ENYER OSIEL MARTINEZ-AVALOS (D.O.B. 7/5/90) of Revere, and RAFAEL MAYSONET-PAGAN (D.O.B. 3/18/89) of Revere were arraigned yesterday in Chelsea District Court. All three are charged with 13 counts of distribution of a Class A substance, two counts of trafficking in a Class A substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition. more »


Oct 16, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 16, 2013—A Mattapan man was held on high bail at his arraignment yesterday on charges of being a career criminal in possession of a firearm, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CALVIN STOKES (8/14/78) was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition.  He was additionally charged as a Level III armed career criminal based on 2010 convictions for distribution of a class B substance and possession with intent to distribute a class B substance, a 2006 conviction for possession with intent to distribute a class B substance, and a 1993 adjudication of delinquency on a charge of second-degree murder as a juvenile. more »


Oct 11, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 11, 2013—A Suffolk Superior Court judge has joined the state’s highest court in denying a new trial for the man who killed Jason Bachiller, Jihad Chankhour, Edwin Duncan, and Christopher Vieira in the basement of a Bourneside Street home seven years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

In an expansive, 71-page decision, Judge Patrick Brady used the phrase “without merit” more than two dozen times to describe a motion by CALVIN CARNES, Jr. (D.O.B. 8/8/86) seeking a new trial in one of the bloodiest crimes in Boston’s history. In a separate decision, Brady also denied any further evidentiary hearings in the case, effectively putting an end to the defendant’s appeals from four convictions for first-degree murder, 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. more »


Oct 11, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 10, 2013—A Chinatown travel agent was arraigned today on charges she used her position to steal thousands of dollars from customers, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

LINDA DO (D.O.B. 4/7/56) of Dorchester was arraigned on 14 separate dockets charging 14 counts of larceny over $250 and nine counts of larceny over $250 from a person 60 or older. The charges reflect a total of 14 victims, nine of whom are 60 or older. more »


Oct 10, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 10, 2013—A Dorchester man today admitted stabbing 30-year-old Thomas Whitley to death after a fight inside a Roxbury liquor store three years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

TAJUAN HOLLOMAN (D.O.B. 5/7/71) pleaded guilty to the crime of manslaughter for stabbing Whitley outside Dearborn Liquor Store in Roxbury on Nov. 6, 2010.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney David Deakin, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Christine McEvoy sentenced Holloman to 12 to 13 years in state prison. more »


Oct 9, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 9, 2013—A Chelsea man was ordered held without bail at his arraignment today on charges he murdered his 88-year-old landlady this summer, Hilda Devincenzo, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

FELIX MELENDEZ (D.O.B. 2/10/78) was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court this morning on charges of first-degree murder, robbery of a person over 60, and receiving stolen property over $250.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Tara Burdman, Clerk Magistrate Connie Wong ordered Melendez held without bail. more »


Oct 8, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 8, 2013—A 15-year-old from Dorchester was arraigned today on attempted murder and firearm charges after he was identified as the gunman in a shooting last night, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The teen, whose name is not being released because of his age, was arraigned in the juvenile session of Dorchester District Court on charges of delinquency to wit: armed assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.  Assistant District Attorney Amanda Cascione requested that the defendant be held on $250,000 bail and have his bail be revoked in an open case out of Boston Juvenile Court charging him with possession of burglarious tools and attempting to commit a crime.  Judge Leslie Harris set bail in the amount of $500,000.  He declined to revoke the defendant’s bail. more »


Oct 7, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 7, 2013—A man accused of stealing a Boston Police cruiser and using it to strike a pursuing officer was ordered held on high bail at his arraignment today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

WILFREDO RODRIGUEZ (D.O.B. 10/20/75) was arraigned in South Boston District Court on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, breaking and entering a vehicle at night with intent to commit a felony, leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, possession of burglarious tools, resisting arrest, operating with a suspended license, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, as well as a second docket charging receiving stolen property over $250 and possession of burglarious tools.  more »


Oct 3, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 3, 2013—A motorcyclist who crashed on Storrow Drive yesterday has died of his injuries and State Police are investigating the incident, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The single-vehicle collision took place yesterday at about 2:50 p.m. on Storrow Drive eastbound near the Bowker Overpass. Preliminary evidence suggests that the operator, a 35-year-old Brighton man, lost control of the motorcycle, striking a curb and then a pole. He was transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital and succumbed to his injuries last night. more »


Oct 3, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 2, 2013— A man was arraigned today on charges he attacked a woman at an MBTA station last month, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

STEVEN COLLA (D.O.B. 8/11/62), who is homeless, was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  Assistant District Attorney Eliana Nuzum requested bail be set in the amount of $10,000 and that Colla stay away from the location where the incident occurred and stay away and have no contact with the victim if he were to post bail.  Judge Michael Coyne released Colla on his own recognizance and ordered him to stay away and have no contact with the victim. more »


Oct 1, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 1, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today delivered the following statement on the indictment of RYAN DUNTIN (D.O.B. 3/24/82), indicted by a statewide grand jury on human trafficking charges after an investigation by Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office. Duntin was previously convicted in Suffolk County in 2007, prior to the passage of Massachusetts’ human trafficking legislation. more »


Sep 30, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 30, 20013—A Mattapan man was arraigned today on firearm and related charges after he allegedly dropped a handgun in front of a police officer responding to a call for a stabbing, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ALEXANDER RODRIGUEZ (D.O.B. 6/12/84) was charged in Roxbury District Court with unlawful possession of a firearm as a second or subsequent offense, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm. Rodriguez is additionally charged as a Level I armed career criminal; he was previously convicted of possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance in 2003 and has a prior gun conviction from 2005. more »


Sep 27, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 27, 2013—A Jamaica Plain woman was arraigned today on charges she walked into a Roxbury church and destroyed irreplaceable artifacts by throwing them at worshippers earlier this year, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

HENRIETTA EGBUONU (D.O.B. 4/11/87) was arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on charges of malicious destruction of property over $250, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer, and causing injury to a church over $5,000.  Assistant District Attorney Gerry Cahill recommended that bail be set at $1,000.  Judge Kathleen Coffey released Egbuonu on her own recognizance. more »


Sep 27, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 27, 2013—A Dorchester woman already charged with drug offenses is now facing a murder charge in the fatal stabbing of 73-year-old Winston Fields inside his Washington Street apartment last month, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ANGELIEA BROWN (D.O.B. 8/15/80) was arraigned in Roxbury District Court today on one count of murder.  Judge Pamela Dashiell granted a request by Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Hickman that Brown be held without bail. more »


Sep 25, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 24, 2013—A narcotics investigation that began in the towns of Acton and Boxborough led to the seizure of 830 tablets of OxyContin, 180 grams of heroin, and more than $70,000 in cash after a motor vehicle stop in Framingham and a search warrant execution in Boston, officials said today.

Acton Police Chief Francis J. Widmayer, III; Boxborough Police Chief Warren B. Ryder; Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley; Massachusetts State Police Colonel Timothy P. Alben; and Special Agent in Charge John J. Arvanitis of the New England Division of the US Drug Enforcement Administration announced the arrests last week of FRANTZ CANTAVE (D.O.B. 7/15/87) of Hyde Park and KEVIN JEAN (D.O.B. 5/6/89) of Lynn, both accused of conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws and other offenses. Both were arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on Sept. 19. more »


Sep 25, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 25, 2013—A special magistrate hearing cases affected by the crisis at a former Department of Public Health drug-testing facility has rejected a former Roxbury resident’s motion to vacate the guilty plea he entered after accepting a package full of heroin sent to him from India, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Special Judicial Magistrate Elizabeth Donovan’s decision in the case against KELLY TONGO (D.O.B. 9/29/84) is consistent with those of other municipal, superior, and federal court judges who have refused to allow defendants to withdraw the guilty pleas they made knowingly, willingly, and voluntarily in cases unaffected by the lab crisis. more »


Sep 24, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 23, 2013—A repeat drunk driver was arraigned yesterday on charges that he was under the influence of alcohol when he drove his car into a cement pillar on a Revere sidewalk over the weekend, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

HENRY MAZAC (D.O.B. 7/31/52) of Chelsea was arraigned in Chelsea District Court on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol as a fourth offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and a marked lanes violation.  Mazac’s previous convictions came after arrests in Malden in 1990, Cambridge in 1991, and East Boston in 1997. He was acquitted of that offense in the Boston Municipal Court after an earlier arrest in 1983. more »


Sep 23, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 23, 2013—A Swampscott man was sentenced to prison today after he was convicted of biting off part of his former business partner’s nose during a gruesome fight outside a Revere restaurant, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury last week found KENNETH MICHAUD (D.O.B. 10/8/71) guilty of mayhem and assault and battery causing serious bodily injury for the 2012 incident. Today, Assistant District Attorney Lauren Greene of the DA’s Major Felony Bureau recommended that he serve five to seven years in prison followed by three years of probation. more »


Sep 23, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 23, 2013—A Revere man was held on high bail today as investigators probed a possible domestic violence motive in a fire he allegedly started at his home on Page Street, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DALE PERETTI (D.O.B. 5/11/73) was arraigned today in Chelsea District Court on charges of arson of a dwelling and attempted murder. Assistant District Attorney Ursula Knight recommended that he be held on $50,000 cash bail. Judge Stephen Abany set bail at $25,000. more »


Sep 23, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 23, 2013—An East Boston man was held on high bail today on charges that he sexually assaulted a pre-teen girl earlier this month, and investigators are exploring a possible link to other similar offenses, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSE AVILA (D.O.B. 6/1/74) was arraigned on one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 for the Sept. 8 incident on Faywood Avenue. Assistant District Attorney Ellen Lemire of the DA’s Child Protection Unit recommended that he be held on $100,000 cash bail and that Avila be confined to house arrest and wear a GPS monitoring device if he posts that amount. Judge Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., imposed $30,000, granted her recommended conditions of release, and further ordered that Avila stay away from all children under 17 except his own child. more »


Sep 23, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 23, 2013—State Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcyclist on Storrow Drive last night, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The deceased, a man in his 40s, has been tentatively identified but investigators have not yet confirmed his identity through next of kin. more »


Sep 23, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 23, 2013—A Dorchester man pleaded guilty last week to taking part in a convenience store robbery in which his joint-venturer allegedly shot 71-year-old Geraldo Serrano dead, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MARTIN FREELES (D.O.B. 1/21/93) pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of manslaughter, armed robbery, armed robbery while masked, and unlawful possession of a firearm, admitting that he took part in a series of armed robberies, including the one on Feb. 21, 2010, in which ONYX WHITE (D.O.B. 10/6/93) allegedly shot Serrano to death, killing him. White is charged with first-degree murder. more »


Sep 20, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 20, 2013—A Winthrop woman will serve two and a half years behind bars for driving drunk and crashing into another vehicle, critically injuring the two Revere men inside, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

AMANDA BIZEUR (D.O.B. 3/21/81) today pleaded guilty to two counts of operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury for causing the crash on Feb. 5, 2012, just before midnight. more »


Sep 20, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 20, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes today announced criminal charges and an active investigation arising out of an alleged sexual assault on a child at a Chelsea youth center this summer.

VRIKY SANTOS (D.O.B. 8/2/91) of Chelsea is charged with aggravated rape for allegedly sexually assaulting a pre-teen boy at Explorer Post 109, located within the Chelsea Community Fitness Center on Shurtleff Street in mid-July. Santos was a volunteer advisor at the post. more »


Sep 19, 2013

Couple’s Son, Previously Uncharged, now Indicted for Larceny in Alleged $10M Scheme

BOSTON, Sept. 19, 2013—The Suffolk County Grand Jury yesterday returned new indictments charging a West Roxbury man, his wife, their son, and the corporate entity of which they were the sole employees with larceny for allegedly pilfering upward of $10 million from dozens of victims, including seven over the age of 60, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. more »


Sep 18, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 18, 2013—A Quincy man caught with a stolen handgun declared his love for the disgraced former chemist he credited for his early release from prison as he and a companion were arrested over the weekend, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

SHAKI MUHAMMED (D.O.B.  5/12/86) of Norwood and JAMELL T. SPURILL (D.O.B. 7/28/82) of Quincy were arrested Sunday and in Roxbury and arraigned Monday in Roxbury District Court. more »


Sep 18, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 18, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and State Police Colonel Timothy Alben said today that an 18-year-old West Roxbury driver will face charges in connection with a crash on the Arborway earlier this month that left him and five others injured, two of them critically.

Authorities will seek a complaint charging NIKOLAS PAPADOPOULOS (D.O.B. 4/8/95) with the criminal offense of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and civil offenses of speeding, failing to ensure that two passengers under 16 were wearing seat belts, and unsafely crossing the road’s lane markings, all in connection with the crash at about 2:00 on Sept. 6. more »


Sep 17, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 17, 2013—A Swampscott man was found guilty yesterday of attacking his former business partner and biting off part of the man’s nose after a business meeting, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted KENNETH MICHAUD (D.O.B. 10/8/71) of mayhem and assault and battery causing serious bodily injury in connection with the May 2, 2012, attack. Jurors acquitted Michaud of an additional charge of assault with intent to murder. more »


Sep 17, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 17, 2013—State Police are investigating the drowning of a 53-year-old Somerville woman in the waters off Piers Park in East Boston early this morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The preliminary investigation suggests that the woman, who had been living for the summer with her husband on their boat, fell into the water at some point early this morning after the two spent a night out together. Her husband went into the water to rescue her, performed CPR unsuccessfully, and called 911. An external examination of the woman’s body did not reveal signs of physical trauma, but an autopsy is expected to reveal the cause and manner of her death. more »


Sep 13, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 12, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today delivered the following legislative testimony on H.3250, An Act to Combat Gun Violence, at the Massachusetts State House: more »


Sep 12, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 12, 2013—Five men were arraigned earlier this week after a Boston Police officer responded to one robbery and spotted them allegedly tossing the proceeds from another, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

HASSAN HUSSEIN (D.O.B. 1/1/88) of Cambridge, YAYHE ISSACK (D.O.B. 1/1/86) of Hyde Park, ABDULLAHI JAMA (D.O.B. 1/1/95) of Roxbury, AHMED JAMA (D.O.B. 5/24/92) of Roxbury, and ADNAN TAHLIL (D.O.B. 4/5/94) of Roxbury were each arraigned Monday in Boston Municipal Court on two dockets – one charging the defendants with unarmed robbery of one victim, the other charging them with receiving stolen property for items stolen from a second victim. more »


Sep 10, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 10, 2013—Cooperation among Boston Police, Chelsea Police and probation officers led to the rapid identification of a suspect in a Sept. 2 robbery in East Boston, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DARRYL McCLURE (D.O.B. 8/16/69) of Chelsea was arraigned yesterday in the East Boston Division of the Boston Municipal Court on one count of armed robbery. Assistant District Attorney Janine D’Amico recommended that he be held on $10,000 cash bail and that his open bail in several pending drug cases be revoked. Judge Kenneth Fiandaca granted both requests. more »


Sep 10, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 9, 2013—A Mattapan man was arraigned today on charges he set fire to his ex-girlfriend’s home early Saturday morning, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

TROY POINDEXTER (D.O.B. 2/8/78) was arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of unarmed burglary and arson of a dwelling.  Assistant District Attorney Adam Dumville recommended that he be held on $100,000 cash bail and, if the defendant posts that amount, an order that the defendant stay away from the victim and her residence and wear a GPS tracking device. Judge James Coffey set bail at $30,000 and imposed the recommended conditions. more »


Sep 10, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 9, 2013—Two men are charged with drug offenses after agreeing to sell the drug known as “Molly” to an undercover Boston Police officer, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DANIEL MILISI (D.O.B. 9/26/83) of South Boston and JOSEPH P. DOOLIN (D.O.B. 3/9/77) of Quincy are both charged with possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws. Milisi allegedly possessed the MDMA at the time of his arrest, while Doolin allegedly drove him to consummate the pre-arranged drug deal. Doolin is additionaly charged with a second count of possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute for illicit prescription drugs on his person. more »


Sep 6, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 6, 2013—A Dorchester woman has been charged with motor vehicle homicide and other offenses in connection with the death last night of 63-year-old Vielisha Pullum, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CHRISTINA MARTINEZ (D.O.B. 7/25/92) was arraigned today in Roxbury District Court on charges of motor vehicle homicide, leaving the scene of an accident causing death, and operating a motor vehicle in violation of a license restriction for driving without wearing her prescription glasses. more »


Sep 5, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 5, 2013—A Chelsea man arrested for drug offenses last week was also charged with assaulting a court officer and other offenses after he flew into a violent rage while awaiting arraignment, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

THOMAS BENT (D.O.B. 7/13/79) was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of distribution of a Class C drug, possession with intent to distribute a Class C drug, possession of a Class B drug, and conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws, all in connection with his Aug. 27 arrest at the Haymarket MBTA station. more »


Sep 5, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 5, 2013—Steven Jones was shot dead at the age of 21 after he stepped in to stop a fistfight, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said today.

Jones’ alleged killer, PABLO FLORES, Jr. (D.O.B. 2/17/93), of Charlestown, was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of second-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and multiple counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. more »


Sep 5, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 5, 2013—A Dorchester man already held on high bail in an open gun case and held without bail for allegedly violating probation on an earlier conviction was arraigned on a slew of charges yesterday after being identified as the assailant who opened fire on a group of people after being asked to leave a party, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOHN LEWIS (D.O.B. 11/7/92) was arraigned yesterday in Roxbury District Court on 16 counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count each of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.  Assistant District Attorney Thomas Costello requested bail be set at $150,000.  Judge David B. Poole set bail at $100,000 and, if that amount is posted, ordered Lewis to wear a GPS monitor, abide by a curfew, stay away and have no contact with victims or witnesses, and to stay away from the area of Roxbury in which the incident occurred.  more »


Sep 4, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 4, 2013—A West Roxbury man indicted earlier this year for allegedly running a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme was arraigned today on new charges for allegedly demanding an illegal 40% interest rate on a loan his company made to a businesswoman, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

STEVEN PALLADINO (D.O.B. 9/11/57) was arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on one count of usury – commonly referred to as loan sharking – for allegedly contacting the Franklin woman repeatedly by voice mail and text message to seek a $30,000 payment on a $25,000 loan the woman received in February. That rate on a 6-month-old loan equals a 40% annual percentage rate – double the maximum allowed under Massachusetts law, prosecutors said. more »


Aug 28, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 28, 2013—A Medford man was held without bail today at his arraignment on murder charges for allegedly shooting 33-year-old Edward Villalona, his one-time friend, on Easter Sunday, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

YERRI PEREZ (D.O.B. 9/19/91) was formally charged in Roxbury District Court with murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition for Villalona’s March 31 homicide in Jamaica Plain. more »


Aug 27, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 27, 2013—A single justice of the Supreme Judicial Court has denied the twice-convicted murderers of Joseph Bottari and Frank Chiuchiolo an appeal of another judge’s denial of a motion for a third trial after finding that the “newly discovered evidence” they presented would not have been a factor in the deliberations of juries that convicted them in the North End executions they committed more than 25 years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

In separate decisions entered Aug. 23 and received by prosecutors late yesterday, Justice Barbara Lenk denied the appeals of LOUIS COSTA and FRANK DiBENEDETTO after a Suffolk Superior Court judge denied their earlier motions for new trials in the 1986 slayings, for which both men were convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, first in 1988 and again in 1994. more »


Aug 26, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 26, 2013—More than four years after he allegedly opened fire on a car full of young adults, killing three and nearly killing a fourth, the suspect in an unprovoked 2009 triple homicide in Dorchester was finally arraigned in the courtroom he fought so long to avoid, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KERON PIERRE (D.O.B. 11/26/85), formerly of Mattapan, was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court today on three counts of first-degree murder for the March 29, 2009, shooting deaths of Shacora Gaines, 20, of Brockton; Chantal Palmer, 20, of Brockton; and Anthony Peoples, 19, of Boston. He was also charged with armed assault with intent to murder for allegedly shooting at but not hitting a 23-year-old woman who was also in the vehicle, and unlawful possession of a firearm. more »


Aug 26, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 26, 2013—A Revere man was held on high bail at his arraignment today on charges he fatally stabbed his friend, 50-year-old Ronald Russo of Winthrop, after the two spent Saturday evening drinking together, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

PETER DECONINCK (DOB 10/5/66) of Revere was arraigned in Chelsea District Court on one count of murder for Russo’s death and additional counts of disorderly conduct and threats for his alleged actions when approached by Revere Police later Saturday night.  Assistant District Attorney Masai King requested that Deconinck be held without bail.  Judge Michele Hogan set bail in the amount of $1 million. more »


Aug 26, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 25, 2013—The principal defendant in the 2009 murders of Shacora Gaines, Chantal Palmer, and Anthony Peoples is expected to face arraignment tomorrow after his rendition to the United States late last week, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KERON PIERRE (D.O.B. 11/26/85), formerly of Mattapan, fled Massachusetts days after the March 29, 2009, shootings on Mt. Ida Road in Dorchester. He was identified as a suspect in December 2009, was indicted in January 2010, and was arrested in Trinidad on unrelated charges several months later. He remained in custody since that time, challenging extradition proceedings to avoid facing trial. He recently abandoned those efforts, however, and US Marshals on Friday escorted him from Trinidad to Boston’s Logan Airport, where Boston Police placed him under arrest. more »


Aug 23, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 23, 2013—District Attorney Daniel F. Conley yesterday brought children from across Boston and Suffolk County together for a day of fun celebrating teamwork and nonviolence, joining in a nationwide observance of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The 11th annual Soccer for Peace tournament brought about 150 kids and teens to Pope John Paul II Field in Dorchester for the tournaments and other events highlighting the importance of peace and nonviolence. more »


Aug 21, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 21, 2013—A Winthrop man was arraigned this week on an array of charges for allegedly exposing himself to a father and son inside a Revere Beach bath house, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CLIFFORD AVERY (D.O.B. 2/14/69) was arraigned Monday in Chelsea District Court on charges of assault, open and gross lewdness, lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and trespassing.  Assistant District Attorney Andrew Miller requested that Avery be held on $10,000 bail and be ordered to wear a GPS monitor, not leave the state, and remain alcohol free while his case is pending. more »


Aug 20, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 20, 2013—A forensic review of a child pornography suspect’s computers and cameras led investigators to video files depicting his alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl he met through online chats, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

GERALDO DESOUZA (D.O.B. 9/13/71) of Revere was indicted Aug. 14 and arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on counts of aggravated rape of a child, dissemination of material harmful to minors, posing or exhibiting a child in a state of nudity, photographing or recording an unsuspecting person in a state of nudity or partial nudity, and possession of a false Registry of Motor Vehicles document. more »


Aug 20, 2013

BOSTON, August 20, 2013—The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed the conviction of the Lucerne Street Doggz associate who murdered 20-year-old Antoine Perkins in the aftermath of a drug rip seven years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

In an unpublished decision, the appellate court upheld the second-degree murder conviction of JAMES “GUNNA” WALKER (D.O.B. 9/9/86), a member of the Lucerne Street Doggz who on July 22, 2006, shot Perkins in the head in retaliation for assistance the victim gave to a friend from whom Walker stole a large amount of marijuana.  Walker was convicted at trial in 2010 and is currently serving a life term. more »


Aug 16, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 16, 2013—An East Boston man was arraigned today for using a machete to attack a friend who allegedly threw a traffic cone through his window after a fight, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSEPH CAHILL (D.O.B. 7/10/53) was arraigned in East Boston District Court on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  Judge Kenneth Fiandaca set bail at $25,000 and ordered that Cahill wear a GPS monitor, stay away from the victim, surrender his passport, and stay within 15 miles of Boston. more »


Aug 16, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 16, 2013—A Dorchester man was held on high bail today on charges that he opened fire at Boston Police as they investigated a suspected drug transaction early this morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ANTHONY TOOMBS (D.O.B. 4/12/92) was charged in Dorchester District Court with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, unlawfully discharging a firearm within 500’ of a dwelling, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a public employee, resisting arrest, and trespassing. more »


Aug 16, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 16, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s annual Soccer for Peace tournament will observe the 50th anniversary of one of American history’s most important orations – the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the 1963 March on Washington.

Across the US, individuals and organizations will be commemorating King’s words and their legacy five decades after they were spoken at the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963. The week-long remembrance runs from Aug. 21 through Aug. 28; this year’s Soccer for Peace event will be held on Aug. 22. more »


Aug 15, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 15, 2013—Amy Lord’s alleged killer abducted her from her South Boston home, drove her to multiple banks to withdraw money, stabbed her to death, and then set her car on fire, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said at the man’s murder arraignment today.

West Roxbury District Court Judge Kathleen Coffey granted prosecutors’ requests that EDWIN ALEMANY (D.O.B. 9/2/84) be held without bail pending trial. She also ordered him to return to Bridgewater State Hospital for further observation. Alemany is charged in West Roxbury with one count of murder. more »


Aug 14, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 14, 2013—The South Boston man charged in the murder of 24-year-old Amy Lord was held on $3 million cash bail today at his arraignment on non-fatal attacks on two other lone women in that neighborhood, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

EDWIN ALEMANY (D.O.B. 9/2/84) was arraigned in South Boston District Court on three complaints arising out of the two attacks – one Old Colony Avenue on the morning of July 23 and one on Gates Street shortly after midnight on July 24. Suffolk Chief Trial Counsel John Pappas recommended that he be held on $1 million bail on each of three complaints, which Judge Thomas C. Horgan imposed. more »


Aug 14, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 14, 2013—An Abington woman presented the court with almost $93,000 in restitution and began four months of house arrest and three years of probation last week after her conviction for knowingly allowing her husband to use her bank account to store money stolen from his sick, elderly uncle, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury on June 8 convicted MICHELLE MONTROND (D.O.B. 7/13/64) of receiving stolen property. The charge stems from the theft by her husband, ALCIDES MONTROND (D.O.B. 6/22/64), of $93,735.74 from his uncle by fraudulently transferring the entirety of the uncle’s annuities contract into Michelle Montrond’s bank account. more »


Aug 14, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 13, 2013—An alleged career criminal was ordered held on high bail at his arraignment today after Boston Police spotted him allegedly firing a handgun at a motor vehicle, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MICHAEL COKE (D.O.B. 3/25/75) of Roxbury was arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm as a subsequent offense, unlawful possession of ammunition, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.  more »


Aug 12, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 12, 2013—The state’s highest court today upheld the first-degree murder conviction of the man who killed 65-year-old Galina Kotik inside her Fenway residence, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

In a decision written by Chief Justice Roderick Ireland, the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the conviction of STEVIE WALKER (D.O.B. 2/25/63) in Kotik’s Nov. 4, 2005, homicide. A Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted Walker in 2007 after evidence in a six-day trial proving that he acted with extreme atrocity or cruelty when stabbed the retired physician to death in the Massachusetts Avenue apartment to which she had recently moved. more »


Aug 9, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 9, 2013—A Winthrop teen was arraigned yesterday for allegedly beating a developmentally-disabled man so badly that the victim’s jaw was fractured, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Shortly after surrendering himself on a warrant obtained by Winthrop Police, ANTHONY B. GALLO (D.O.B. 5/14/96) was formally charged in East Boston District Court with assault and battery and causing injury while violating a person’s civil rights. more »


Aug 8, 2013

Let me start out by saying that my thoughts and prayers, and those of every member of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, are with the two injured officers and their families.  As a city I think we should all be thankful that the officers are expected to survive their injuries.

Under Massachusetts law, the District Attorney has statutory authority to investigate all sudden and unnatural deaths in the City of Boston.  As in every case involving the fatal use of force, I have assigned a senior prosecutor from my office to lead a full and impartial investigation of this incident to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding the shooting, and to determine whether any charges are warranted.

Assistant District Attorney Mark Lee, deputy chief of the Homicide Unit, is assigned to undertake a complete review of today’s police-involved shooting.  Upon the conclusion this investigation, as I do in the case of every police involved shooting investigation, I will issue a full and detailed report of our findings to the public, and open the entire case to the media for direct examination. more »


Aug 6, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 6, 2013—A man who was shot after he took possession of a deputy sheriff’s firearm was arraigned from his hospital bed this afternoon, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RAYMOND WALLACE (D.O.B. 5/5/77) of Marblehead was arraigned from his hospital bed in Massachusetts General Hospital this afternoon on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a public employee, and escape. more »


Aug 5, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 5, 2013—A South Boston man was sentenced to life in prison today after his conviction in the beating death of 65-year-old Barbara Tagen, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

ADAM CASSINO (D.O.B. 5/9/86) of South Boston today received the mandatory sentence for first degree murder — life in prison with no possibility of parole — for the 2011 beating death of Tagen inside her home.  more »


Aug 5, 2013

BOSTON, Aug. 5, 2013—A Brighton woman was ordered held on high bail and sent for evaluation during her arraignment today on charges that she set a building on fire, trapping two people inside, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

LISA BROWN (D.O.B. 5/18/64) was arraigned in Brighton District Court on a charge of arson and two counts each of attempted murder and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.  Judge Annette Forde set bail at $250,000 and ordered Brown to undergo evaluation at Worcester State Hospital. more »


Jul 30, 2013

BOSTON, July 30, 2013—Alex Sierra’s mother remembered his promise and potential today in an emotionally-charged impact statement delivered as the slain teen’s killer was sentenced to life in prison, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury on July 25 convicted RICARDO ARIAS (D.O.B. 10/22/93) of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm for shooting Sierra, 18, dead near the intersection of West Brookline and Tremont streets on the evening of Sept. 3, 2011. Sierra’s mother addressed the court prior to the imposition of a mandatory life term for that crime. more »


Jul 29, 2013

BOSTON, July 29, 2013—A Roslindale man faces sentencing tomorrow after a jury last week convicted him of first-degree murder in the senseless 2011 shooting death of 18-year-old Alex Sierra, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Thursday found RICARDO ARIAS (D.O.B. 10/22/93) guilty of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the unprovoked shooting that claimed Sierra’s life on Sept. 3, 2011.  Under Massachusetts law, he faces a mandatory life term. more »


Jul 29, 2013

BOSTON, July 29, 2013—A Massachusetts man faces sentencing tomorrow after his conviction for attempting to use a fake trust to obtain unclaimed assets, less than a month after he was sentenced to prison for another conviction in a similar scheme, state prosecutors announced today.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, and Attorney General Martha Coakley said KEVIN L. UPSHAW (D.O.B. 10/6/68) has now been convicted of two separate fraudulent attempts to obtain abandoned property, including $1.6 million from a dead woman’s estate that has now been distributed to charitable organizations in accordance with her wishes. more »


Jul 25, 2013

BOSTON, July 25, 2013—Two restaurant workers were held on high bail at their arraignment on hate crime charges for allegedly beating a man at South Station while using homophobic slurs, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

COLIN HAYES (D.O.B. 6/30/92) of Quincy and DEREK RUIZ (D.O.B. 6/3/85) of Brockton were arraigned this afternoon in the Boston Municipal Court on charges of unarmed robbery, assault and battery, and a civil rights violation with injury, all in connection with the incident early on the morning of July 20. more »


Jul 25, 2013

BOSTON, July 25, 2013—A South Boston man was sent for a competency evaluation after he was arrested for two attacks on women earlier this week, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

EDWIN ALEMANY (D.O.B. 9/2/84) is charged with assault and battery, assault with intent to murder, kidnapping, and threats to commit a crime in connection with the first attack, which took place on Old Colony Avenue on the morning of July 23. He is also charged with armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for the second attack, which took place on Gates Street just after midnight on July 24. more »


Jul 23, 2013

BOSTON, July 23, 2013—A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted a South Boston man of first-degree murder for the beating death of 65-year-old Barbara Tagen in her own home two years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Jurors convicted ADAM CASSINO (D.O.B. 5/9/86) of that crime under both theories available to them – deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty. Cassino faces a mandatory life term without the possibility of parole at a hearing scheduled for Aug. 5 at 9:00 am more »


Jul 23, 2013

BOSTON, July 23, 2013—Two Chelsea youths, ages 15 and 18, have been arraigned in connection with the March 5 shooting death of Elder Morales Aldana in Chelsea, bringing the number of people charged in his homicide to three, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ERICK ROMERO (D.O.B. 7/2/98) was arraigned yesterday in Chelsea Juvenile Court on one count of manslaughter and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon for allegedly instigating the sequence of events that led to Morales Aldana’s death on Blossom Street. He was held on $250,000 cash bail. Though he is a juvenile, prosecutors indicted Romero as a youthful offender, exposing him to the same penalties as an adult if convicted. more »


Jul 22, 2013

Boston, July 22, 2013— Two men were ordered held on high bail at their arraignment today on firearm charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

TERRANCE JOHNSON (D.O.B 7/9/88) of Hyde Park and JEREMY HARRIS (D.O.B. 7/25/89) of Brockton were arraigned today in Roxbury District Court.

Harris was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm as a subsequent offense, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, trespassing, resisting arrest and being a Level 2 armed career criminal.  According to prosecutors, Harris has a 2010 conviction for a firearm offense as well as a 2012 conviction for assault and battery.

Johnson was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, trespassing, failure to stop for police, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. more »


Jul 19, 2013

BOSTON, July 19, 2013—A South End man was arraigned today after an investigation into the use of peer-to-peer filing sharing programs involved in the distribution of child pornography, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ANDREW MCKINNON (D.O.B. 5/26/68) was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on a charge of possession of child pornography.  more »


Jul 19, 2013

BOSTON, July 19, 2013—A nationally-recognized laboratory has matched DNA recovered from the body of Mary Sullivan almost 50 years ago with that of her suspected killer, officials announced today.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis today announced test results showing scientific certainty that the confessed “Boston Strangler,” ALBERT HENRY DeSALVO (D.O.B. 9/3/31), was the source of seminal fluid recovered at the scene of Sullivan’s 1964 murder. more »


Jul 19, 2013

BOSTON, July 18, 2013—A Braintree man with an open gun case in New York was held on high bail today at his hospital arraignment for allegedly firing at Boston Police officers, who returned fire and injured him, in South Boston earlier this week, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

PAUL ERIC LOUIS-JEUNE (D.O.B. 9/1/91) was arraigned in his bed at Boston Medical Center on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, unlawfully discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance, and possession with intent to distribute a Class E substance. South Boston District Court Judge Mary Anne Driscoll imposed $2 million cash bail.

Assistant District Attorney William Champlin IV told Driscoll that Boston Police were conducting a drug investigation at the Mary Ellen McCormack Housing Development when they encountered Louis-Jeune. In the course of that investigation, Louis-Jeune allegedly fled the officers in the direction of Old Colony Avenue.

Louis-Jeune allegedly produced a firearm, pointed it at the pursuing officers, and discharged it. Officers discharged their service weapons, striking Louis-Jeune. They called for Boston EMS, who transported Louis-Jeune to the hospital. He is expected to survive his injuries.

The handgun Louis-Jeune allegedly fired was recovered at the scene and found to be a Rock Island Arms .38 caliber revolver with five live rounds and one spent round in the cylinder.

On Louis-Jeune’s person were recovered 24 plastic baggies, each containing a white, rock-like substance believed to be crack cocaine and 31 white tablets of as-yet undetermined medication. The drugs will be tested and certified by State Police chemists.

At the time of the incident, Champlin said, Louis-Jeune was facing open gun and drug charges out of Brooklyn, New York, in connection with a 2012 arrest in that jurisdiction.

Louis-Jeune was represented by attorney Jack Garland for purposes of bail. He will return to court on Aug. 12.

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Jul 17, 2013

BOSTON, July 17, 2013—A Malden man was arraigned this week on a warrant charging him with stealing a commercial ferry boat last Christmas, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SAMUEL LeCLAIR (D.O.B. 3/29/51), a.k.a. SAMUEL SALDUTTI, of Malden appeared in Boston Municipal Court for arraignment yesterday after his arrest yesterday on a straight warrant charging him with breaking and entering during the daytime with intent to commit a felony and larceny over $250.  more »


Jul 17, 2013

BOSTON, July 17, 2013—A homeless man was sentenced to a lengthy prison term after he admitted to attacking two women in the same downtown parking garage just a few days apart in 2009, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

As his jury-waived trial was set to begin today, JOSE RIVERA (D.O.B. 9/27/85) today pleaded guilty to five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of assault and battery, and one count each of unarmed robbery and assault with intent to rob in connection with two separate attacks.  more »


Jul 16, 2013

BOSTON, July 16, 2013—The state’s highest court today affirmed the first-degree murder conviction of a Dorchester man in the 2006 stabbing death of his wife, 38-year-old Sandra Reavis, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

The Supreme Judicial Court today struck down an appeal by NILE J. REAVIS (D.O.B. 10/12/65), who is currently serving life in prison with no possibility of parole after his 2008 conviction.  In those proceedings, Conley’s office proved that Nile Reavis stabbed his wife in the chest on Nov. 2, 2006, puncturing her heart and killing her, as she lay on the living room floor attempting to fall asleep next to two of her five children.  Prosecutors also showed that he had earlier told a friend of the victim that she might never see the victim again. more »


Jul 12, 2013

BOSTON, July 12, 2013—Recent DNA tests identifying a potential suspect in the 1964 homicide of Mary Sullivan are the latest, but not the only, example of modern investigative techniques used to clear old and even historic unsolved murders, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

“Advances in DNA testing have allowed us to extract genetic profiles from samples that even a few years ago would have been too small, too old, or too degraded to be useful,” Conley said. “The testing available to police and prosecutors in the 21st century has allowed us to identify assailants in unsolved cold cases and many times win convictions in court.” more »


Jul 11, 2013

“Good morning.  Before we begin, please let me introduce Attorney General Martha Coakley and Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, our partners in this historic announcement.  Also with us are First Assistant Suffolk District Attorney Patrick Haggan; First Assistant Attorney General Ed Bedrosian, Jr.; Assistant Attorney General and Criminal Bureau Chief John Verner; Sgt. Det. William Doogan of the Boston Police Cold Case Squad; and Don Hayes, Director of the Boston Police Crime Laboratory.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley (at podium) is joined by (from left) Don Hayes, director of the Boston Police Crime Laboratory; Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley; and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to announce the historic first forensic link between Albert DeSalvo and the Jan. 4, 1964, homicide of Mary Sullivan, the last of 11 murder popularly attributed to the “Boston Strangler.”

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley (at podium) is joined by (from left) Don Hayes, director of the Boston Police Crime Laboratory; Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley; and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to announce the historic first forensic link between Albert DeSalvo and the Jan. 4, 1964, homicide of Mary Sullivan, the last of 11 murder popularly attributed to the “Boston Strangler.”

“Today, we announce a major development in the investigation into the homicide of 19-year-old Mary Sullivan almost 50 years ago.  Ms. Sullivan was raped and murdered, and her body desecrated, in the bedroom of her Charles Street apartment sometime on the afternoon of Jan. 4, 1964. It was the last of 11 murders that would be attributed to the confessed “Boston Strangler,” Albert Henry DeSalvo.

“For almost five decades, the only link between Albert DeSalvo and Mary Sullivan’s murder was his confession.  That confession has been the subject of skepticism and controversy from almost the moment it was given.  It was not admissible in court, and when DeSalvo was sentenced to life in prison it was for a series of non-fatal sexual assaults and not the Strangler homicides.

“There was no forensic evidence to link Albert DeSalvo to Mary Sullivan’s murder – until today.

“Advances in the sensitivity of DNA testing have allowed us to make a familial match between biological evidence recovered from the crime scene and a suspect in Mary Sullivan’s murder.  That suspect is Albert DeSalvo.  Yesterday, a Suffolk Superior Court judge authorized the exhumation of DeSalvo’s remains for confirmatory testing that we expect will prove DeSalvo’s guilt once and for all.

“I want to make clear that these developments bear only on Mary Sullivan’s murder.  They don’t apply to the 10 other homicides popularly attributed to the Boston Strangler.  Even among experts and law enforcement officials, there is disagreement about whether they were, in fact, committed by the same person.  At this point in time, 50 years removed from those deaths, and without the biological evidence that we had in the Sullivan case, that’s a question we can’t yet answer.  But these developments give us a glimmer of hope that there can one day be finality, if not accountability, for the families of 10 other women murdered so cruelly in Boston, Cambridge, Lawrence, Lynn, and Salem between 1962 and 1963.

“I’ll briefly summarize the evidentiary developments that brought us to this point.

“DNA evidence was undreamt of in the 1960s, but even then investigators believed the killer left biological evidence at the scene of the crime.  Specifically, they recovered seminal fluid from her body and a blanket on which her body was found.

“In the late 1990s, Boston Police criminalists attempted to extract a DNA profile from the stains on the blanket.  At that point, the Crime Lab was unable to extract DNA that was useful for comparison.  Another round of testing took place in 2000 and 2001, when the samples taken from Ms. Sullivan’s body at the time of her autopsy were tested.  Again, efforts to extract a useable DNA profile were unsuccessful.

A chart prepared by Suffolk DA Dan Conley’s office showing the location of biological evidence retrieved from the scene of Mary Sullivan’s murder in her apartment at 44A Charles St., Boston, and slides of additional biological evidence recovered at her 1964 autopsy.

A chart prepared by Suffolk DA Dan Conley’s office showing the location of biological evidence retrieved from the scene of Mary Sullivan’s murder in her apartment at 44A Charles St., Boston, and slides of additional biological evidence recovered at her 1964 autopsy.

“The nature of these tests was such that each attempt to extract DNA consumed the sample, meaning that it would be unavailable for further testing in the future.  For that very reason, Don Hayes ordered any further testing halted.  Today, we can say beyond any doubt that he showed tremendous foresight.  That decision meant the remaining evidence would be stored under laboratory conditions until the technology advanced and the answers locked within could be released.

“Last year, after a nationally-recognized laboratory reported success in obtaining DNA profiles from decades-old samples, the BPD Crime Lab notified investigators that renewed testing using the latest techniques could likely succeed where earlier attempts had failed.  So last fall, the slides from Ms. Sullivan’s body and the cuttings from the blanket were sent to Orchid Cellmark and Bode Technology, two highly-respected, independent labs.  And unbeknownst to one another, separate technicians at those two separate labs were able to develop DNA profiles from the samples we sent them.

“I want to be clear on this point: The evidence never changed, but our ability to use that evidence has surpassed every hope and expectation of investigators first assigned to the case.

“The stains from the blanket cuttings contained the unique genetic profile of an unknown male.  The samples recovered from Mary Sullivan’s body contained a mixture of two genetic profiles – one belonging to Mary herself, and the other to the same unidentified male whose DNA was extracted from the blanket.  Given the facts and circumstances of this case, there can be no doubt that the male DNA belongs to the individual who raped and murdered Mary Sullivan.

“These results are unprecedented in the history of this case.  For the first time ever, law enforcement has a piece of evidence to test against a suspect.  Because he admitted to killing Mary Sullivan, because he described this attack in detail to his attorney and to investigators, and because certain details of the crime are similar to the sexual assaults for which he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, we started with Albert DeSalvo.

“Through late last year and the better part of this spring, homicide detectives assigned to the Boston Police Cold Case Squad, along with Suffolk prosecutors and Attorney General Coakley’s office, undertook an exhaustive search for any surviving evidence that might bear DeSalvo’s DNA for comparison.

“They worked with the Department of Correction, which had custody of DeSalvo from his 1967 conviction until the time of his death in prison.  They worked with State Police and the Norfolk DA’s office, which investigated and prosecuted his 1973 homicide at what was then Walpole State Prison.  They worked with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which consolidated a county-based medical examiner system decades after DeSalvo’s body was autopsied – all without success.  They obtained a pair of letters DeSalvo sent to prison and parole officials in hopes that DNA could be extracted from the glue beneath the envelope flaps.  Again, those efforts failed.

“But among the recent advances in DNA testing technology is the comparison of Y chromosomes, which are passed down almost unchanged from father to son.  Male descendants of the same father share nearly identical Y chromosomes, which can be compared through testing of biological material.

“Bearing this in mind, and having exhausted every other avenue of inquiry, Boston Police retrieved a water bottle that one of Albert DeSalvo’s nephews drank from and discarded.  That bottle was sent to Orchid Cellmark, where technicians were once again able to develop a DNA profile.  The Y chromosome from that profile was a familial match with the Y chromosome from Mary Sullivan’s killer.  That match implicates Albert DeSalvo and excludes 99.9% of the male population.

“This is good evidence, strong evidence, and reliable evidence, but it’s not sufficient to close this case with certainty.  Many of you have covered what we call CODIS hit cases, in which an unknown suspect is identified when DNA from a crime scene matches that of a known offender in the Combined DNA Index System database.  Even in those cases, where we have an exact match between crime scene evidence and a stored sample, we take an additional sample directly from the offender to confirm the match.

“This case is no different.  To confirm the results we’ve obtained thus far, we need a sample that can be established as Albert DeSalvo’s and that has been maintained with a clear chain of custody under the stringent controls we demand in a homicide investigation.  Toward that end, Suffolk prosecutors, the Attorney General’s office, and Boston Police met with a Superior Court judge yesterday and obtained a warrant authorizing the exhumation of Albert DeSalvo’s remains for further testing.

“As I stated earlier, the exact number of homicides attributable to the Boston Strangler remains controversial.  We don’t claim Albert DeSalvo to be a suspect in all of them.  But we do believe that we stand at the threshold of unprecedented certainty in Mary Sullivan’s murder.

“Finally, although this is an historic moment for the law enforcement agencies involved, I want to recognize the civilians it will most directly affect.  First and foremost are Diane Dodd and Casey Sherman, Mary Sullivan’s sister and nephew respectively.  In many ways, they kept this case alive through their perseverance and commitment to finding the truth.  I also want to acknowledge the DeSalvo family, who did nothing wrong but who found themselves in the shadow of accusations that could never be fully proven or discounted.  Police and prosecutors met with representatives of the families today to explain our findings and our next steps.  It was difficult in some ways but, I hope, sets the stage for closure that eluded them for more than twice as long as Mary Sullivan lived. ”

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All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


Jul 10, 2013

BOSTON, July 10, 2013—A 75-year-old Roxbury man was arraigned today on human trafficking charges for allegedly using his property to benefit financially from rampant prostitution there, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury on June 25 indicted FARD AHMED (D.O.B. 1/3/38) on charges of human trafficking and deriving support from prostitution.  He was previously arraigned in Roxbury District Court in April on a charge allowing a premise to be used for immoral purposes and again in May on a separate charge of deriving support from prostitution.  Today’s arraignment moves both of those cases to Superior Court, where they will be adjudicated. more »


Jul 9, 2013

BOSTON, July 9, 2013—A recent study shows that car insurance policyholders in Suffolk County have saved more than $379 million dollars over the past 10 years, in part as a result of investigations and prosecutions targeting fraudulent claims, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

“When scammers file fraudulent claims, honest policyholders are left holding the bag,” Conley said. “Hardworking men and women pay higher premiums to cover all those losses. But the work we’ve done to target insurance fraud has driven bogus claims down and saved hundreds of millions of dollars for the people of Boston and Suffolk County in the process.” more »


Jul 3, 2013

BOSTON, July 3, 2013—A man who previously served time in prison for shooting a youth football coach at practice was arraigned alongside an associate this week after they allegedly shot a man on Friday evening, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

TABARI MUHAMMAD (D.O.B. 12/13/91) and DAQUADRY NORMAN (D.O.B. 4/25/92), both of Roxbury, were arraigned Monday in Roxbury District Court on charges of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawful firearm possession, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.  more »


Jul 2, 2013

BOSTON, July 2, 2013 —A Mattapan man was ordered held on high bail and had his bail in an open case revoked at his arraignment yesterday on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

LUIS GONZALEZ (D.O.B. 8/12/92) was arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of a Class B substance.  Assistant District Attorney Michael Callahan requested that bail be set at $75,000 and that Gonzalez be ordered to stay away and have no contact with anyone under the age of 18.  He additionally requested that Gonzalez’s bail in an open case out of Lawrence charging him with assault and battery, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.  Judge James Coffey set bail at $35,000, imposed the requested condition, and revoked Gonzalez’s open bail. more »


Jul 1, 2013

BOSTON, July 1, 2013—A man who identified himself as “Peter Pan” was arraigned on boat theft charges today after State Police responded to a 911 call from the vessel’s true owner, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DEREK RAMSAY (D.O.B. 9/5/86) of Topsham was charged in the Boston Municipal Court with larceny over $250, breaking and entering into a boat, using a boat without authority, and furnishing a false name. Judge Debra Shopteese set bail at $2,000 and revoked his open bail on unrelated larceny charges. more »


Jul 1, 2013

BOSTON, July 1, 2013—A man arrested this weekend for allegedly assaulting an unconscious homeless woman on the Esplanade was held on high bail at his arraignment today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Granting a request by Assistant District Attorney Michael V. Glennon, Charlestown District Court Judge Robert J. McKenna ordered JOSEPH BARTHEL (D.O.B. 2/24/64) held on $100,000 cash bail. McKenna further ordered that Barthel, who also uses the alias JOSEPH STONE, have no contact with the victim in the case. more »


Jun 28, 2013

BOSTON, June 28, 2013—The Norfolk County Grand Jury has indicted a Stoughton man for killing his passenger, 20-year-old Evan Bard, in a single-vehicle crash in Canton last month, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The indictments, returned yesterday, charge SEAN JACKMAN (D.O.B. 1/18/89) with motor vehicle homicide and manslaughter by motor vehicle under Ch. 265, Sect. 13½, popularly known as Melanie’s Law. They move Jackman’s case from Stoughton District Court to Norfolk Superior Court, where it will be adjudicated. His arraignment date in that venue has not yet been scheduled but is expected next month. more »


Jun 27, 2013

BOSTON, June 27, 2013—Two men were held without bail today following their murder arraignments for separate slayings of Melissa Hardy, 33, recently in South Boston and Dinorris Alston, 30, in Roxbury last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

MARTIN JIMINEZ (D.O.B. 3/9/70) was arraigned in South Boston District court following his arrest yesterday in connection with Hardy’s death, while MAURICE JONES (D.O.B. 12/29/93) was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court following his indictment yesterday in connection with Alston’s death. more »


Jun 27, 2013

BOSTON, June 27, 2013–Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today joined US Attorney Carmen Ortiz and other local, state, and federal law enforcement officials to announce federal indictments against Dzokhar Tsarnaev in the fatal bombings at the Boston Marathon, the shooting death of an MIT Police officer, and other offenses, delivering the following remarks: 

“First and foremost, I want to extend once again my thoughts and prayers to the families of Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, and Officer Sean Collier, and to the hundreds more whose lives were changed on April 15.

“I also want to extend my most sincere appreciation to the men and women of the Boston Police Department, Boston EMS, and Boston Fire for their bravery and rapid action in the aftermath of the Marathon bombings.  I want to recognize the doctors, nurses, and clinical staff of Boston’s hospitals, and the many civilians at the scene whose efforts saved so many more lives.

“And I want to commend the police, prosecutors, and federal agents assigned to this case for preserving, collecting, and marshaling the evidence that brought us to this point.  I was at the scene that day, first as a spectator at the Marathon and later to take control of a multiple homicide investigation.  I saw first-hand just how complex a scene it was, and how massive an undertaking it was to build this case.  And over the course of the past two months, the Suffolk prosecutors assigned to our end of the investigation have briefed me on the extensive progress they’ve made in reaching this point.

“Given the facts, the circumstances, and the various statutes available at the state and federal level, the most appropriate venue for Dzokhar Tsarnaev’s trial is a federal court.  This is analogous to the Oklahoma City bombing 18 years ago.  Timothy McVeigh’s federal conviction, and the punishment he received, made any potential state prosecution purely symbolic.  In the absence of some major change to the current posture of this case, state-level indictments for the crimes in Boston would only drag out a process that will already be grueling for the victims, their families, and our city.

“Unlike District Attorney Ryan’s case, which alleges a homicide separate and apart from the Boston bombings, there is almost 100% overlap between a potential Suffolk County case and today’s federal indictments.  The US Attorney and I agree – the most effective avenue for holding this defendant accountable for the lives he took in our city is a federal prosecution under federal statutes.

“Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s justice will come in the next world.  But for his brother, the road to accountability begins here.  Thank you.”


Jun 26, 2013

BOSTON, June 26, 2013—A repeat firearm offender has been sentenced to state prison after his conviction on gun charges by Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s Gang Unit.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury deliberated for less than two hours yesterday before convicting AARON POWELL (D.O.B. 10/17/89) of Randolph on charges of unlawful firearm possession and carrying a loaded firearm.

Based on his 2009 conviction on similar charges in the Suffolk County Gun Court, Powell was additionally charged with unlawful possession of a firearm as a second or subsequent offense.  At a second trial held after the jury’s verdict, Judge Patrick Brady found him guilty of that offense.  more »


Jun 25, 2013

BOSTON, June 25, 2013—A Mattapan man was arraigned last week on charges he attempted to rob a man who gave him a ride home but ended up leaving behind his own bank card when he fled, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

JERRY BURNETT (D.O.B. 9/12/89) was arraigned in Dorchester District Court on June 18 after his arrest that morning on a warrant charging him with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, assault with a dangerous weapon, armed assault with intent to rob, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, and carrying a loaded firearm.  more »


Jun 25, 2013

BOSTON, June 25, 2013 — An alleged career criminal who crashed his car after leading police on a chase was arraigned last week on firearm and other charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JASON COBB (D.O.B. 9/14/86) of Boston was arraigned Friday in Dorchester District Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possessing a firearm with a defaced serial number, carrying a loaded firearm, operating with a suspended license, and failure to stop for police.  He was also charged as a Level 3 Armed Career Criminal based on a 2008 conviction for assault and battery on a police officer and two separate convictions in 2011 for distribution of a Class B substance and  possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance. more »


Jun 24, 2013

BOSTON, June 24, 2013—A Roxbury man was arraigned Friday for allegedly stealing a fellow MBTA passenger’s shopping bag, only to cross paths with a nearby Boston Police officer as he attempted to flee, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

RICHARD WILLIAMS (D.O.B. 5/15/55) was arraigned Friday in Roxbury District Court on a single count of unarmed robbery.  Assistant District Attorney Teresa K. Jauregui requested bail be set at $500.  Judge David Weingarten released Williams on his own recognizance. more »


Jun 21, 2013

BOSTON, June 21, 2013—A Fall River man who allegedly opened fire on a rival outside a West End nightclub has been identified and held on high bail at his arraignment just a few blocks from the crime scene, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RUBEN PINA (D.O.B. 11/11/83) was arraigned this afternoon in the Boston Municipal Court on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm as a second offense, all in connection with the Dec. 2, 2012, incident on Friend Street. more »


Jun 19, 2013

BOSTON, June 19, 2013—With his retrial in the stabbing death of 29-year-old Andrew Wyman underway, the Randolph man accused in the killing yesterday pleaded guilty, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DARRYL MITCHELL (D.O.B. 3/13/87) yesterday pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the May 15, 2011, stabbing that left Wyman dead.  Assistant District Attorney Dana Pierce of the DA’s Senior Trial Unit recommended that Mitchell serve a sentence of 11 to 13 years in prison.  Judge Raymond Brassard imposed a sentence of six to eight years. more »


Jun 19, 2013

BOSTON, June 19, 2013—A Medford man who had been living in the Mission Hill area was arraigned today for the second of two sexual assaults within an hour of one another early Saturday morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

PATRICK BARRY (D.O.B. 5/26/92) was arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on charges of assault with intent to rape and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  Assistant District Attorney Courtney Doherty recommended that Barry be held on $100,000 bail.  Judge Kathleen Coffey set bail at $20,000. more »


Jun 18, 2013

BOSTON, June 18, 2013—Two men were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole today following their convictions for the 2011 murder of 25-year-old Derrick Barnes, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

FREDERICK HENDERSON (D.O.B. 11/25/83) and FRANKIE HERNDON (D.O.B. 4/9/84) were convicted Friday of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm for shooting Barnes to death on Fayston Street on the night of Aug. 27, 2011. Today, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Patrick Brady imposed the mandatory punishment for that offense. more »


Jun 18, 2013

BOSTON, June 18, 2013—A former personal banker from Chelsea yesterday pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from an elderly man and concealing her income in order to receive rent subsidies, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

EDEN CATO (D.O.B. 8/30/83) of Chelsea yesterday admitted to charges of bank embezzlement and larceny from a person over 60 for stealing funds from a 73-year-old bank customer, as well as two counts each of larceny by false pretense, larceny over $250 by a single scheme, and perjury for providing the Department of Housing and Urban Development with false information regarding her income and assets in order to receive rental subsidies. more »


Jun 18, 2013

BOSTON, June 18, 2013—The Suffolk County Grand Jury has indicted two former attorneys on more than 20 counts each for allegedly scheming to obtain more than one million dollars from various finance companies by fraudulent means, with one additionally accused of stealing money owed to his clients, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The indictments, returned on Friday, charge MICHAEL GERMANO (D.O.B. 9/29/63) of Wilmington with five counts of larceny, one count of conspiracy to commit larceny, one count of attempted larceny, two counts of embezzlement by a fiduciary, and 17 counts of uttering a false document. The indictments also charge PETER LAGORIO (D.O.B. 8/22/55) of Lynnfield with three counts of larceny, one count of conspiracy to commit larceny, one count of attempted larceny, and 17 counts of uttering a false document. more »


Jun 18, 2013

BOSTON, June 17, 2013—A Mission Hill man was today on charges he robbed and assaulted a woman at knifepoint early Saturday, and investigators are trying to determine whether he is responsible for a second attack less than an hour later, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

PATRICK BARRY (D.O.B. 5/26/92) was arraigned in Roxbury District Court on charges of armed robbery, assault with intent to rape, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Riley recommended that Barry be held on $250,000 bail.  Judge David Poole set bail at $30,000. more »


Jun 17, 2013

BOSTON, June 17, 2013 —A Dorchester woman and her 15-year-old friend were arraigned today after several people identified them as being among the group that robbed and threw bleach on a man on an MBTA bus last weekend, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

LAI LAWNNIE DOUGLAS (D.O.B. 7/19/90) of Dorchester was arraigned in Roxbury District Court on charges of unarmed robbery, mayhem, willful and malicious destruction of property under $250, and indecent assault and battery.  Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Riley recommended Douglas be held on $50,000 bail.  Judge David Poole imposed $20,000 bail and ordered Douglas held on a probation detainer for violating the terms of her probation on a 2008 case out of Roxbury District Court charging her with larceny from a person, witness intimidation, carrying a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery.  more »


Jun 14, 2013

BOSTON, June 14, 2013—A South Boston man was arraigned from his hospital bed today on charges that he pointed a pellet gun at Boston and State police who believed it to be a real firearm, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KENNETH CONNOLLY (D.O.B. 12/16/59) was arraigned on the single count of assault with a dangerous weapon from his hospital bed at Boston Medical Center, where he is receiving treatment for a gunshot wound sustained Wednesday night.  more »


Jun 14, 2013

BOSTON, June 14, 2013—A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted two Roxbury men of murdering 25-year-old Derrick Barnes as he stood on the porch of a Fayston Street home two years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

After about two and a half weeks of trial and about three days of deliberations, jurors convicted both FREDERICK HENDERSON (D.O.B. 11/25/83) and FRANKIE HERNDON (D.O.B. 4/9/84) of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm. more »


Jun 13, 2013

BOSTON, June 13, 2013—A Roslindale man was charged with possessing and distributing child pornography after Boston Police executed a search warrant based on a tip from an online file storage service, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOEL VAN IDERSTINE (D.O.B. 9/20/75) was arraigned today in West Roxbury District Court, where Assistant District Attorney Courtney Doherty recommended $50,000 cash bail and a variety of orders that he stay away from children under 16. Judge Ernest Sarason imposed $5,000 cash bail. more »


Jun 13, 2013

BOSTON, June 13, 2013—A Chelsea man will spend at least 17 years in state prison for attacks on four women who were working as prostitutes during the fall of 2010, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

The sentence of 17 to 19½ years imposed by Judge Judith Fabricant was shorter than the 24-year term recommended by prosecutors, but ensures that JOSE S. CASTILLO (D.O.B. 5/17/76) will serve a lengthy state prison term for two rapes and two additional attempts in September and October 2010. more »


Jun 12, 2013

BOSTON, June 12, 2013—A Mattapan man remains held without bail today following his indictment and arraignment for first-degree murder in the shooting death last year of 25-year-old Keosha Gilmore, a childhood friend who did not share his romantic feelings, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury on May 30 handed down an indictment charging CHRISTOPHER JACKSON (D.O.B. 10/8/86) with that offense, along with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and carrying a loaded firearm in connection with the Feb. 19, 2012, incident that claimed Gilmore’s life. Jackson was arraigned on those charges today in Suffolk Superior Court. more »


Jun 12, 2013

BOSTON, June 12, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley this week recognized three fifth-graders from Boston’s John Marshall Elementary School for their outstanding essays on the topic of “How My Dream Will Change the World.”

First place winner Kiann wrote about her desire to be a kindergarten teacher, a goal she says will require “studying hard, taking advantage of different opportunities given to me, making good choices, and not getting involved in drugs or violence.” Kiann’s dream will allow her to “impact the world by molding the young minds of my students. It makes me a better person because I am helping kids with their education. It will impact my community because children have the right to learn.” more »


Jun 11, 2013

BOSTON, June 11, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley issued a call to service in his commencement speech to graduates of West Roxbury Academy at Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena last night.

Invited to address some 1500 audience members, Conley urged graduating seniors to “consider the nobility of service – service to your city, your nation, and your fellow men and women.” more »


Jun 10, 2013

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BOSTON, June 10, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today invited area non-profit organizations that work with kids and teens to apply for his annual series of free cash awards to provide the young people of Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop with constructive alternatives to crime and drug use. more »


Jun 10, 2013

BOSTON, June 10, 2013—A rash of break-ins targeting parked cars ended after a Chelsea man was arrested for the second time by Chelsea Police and convicted at his Suffolk County trial, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KIRK CROWLEY (D.O.B. 3/16/68) was convicted May 20 of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, larceny over $250, and malicious destruction of property. Shortly after the Chelsea District Court jury returned its verdict, Crowley pleaded guilty to a second set of charges alleging breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, malicious destruction of property, and carrying a dangerous weapon. more »


Jun 5, 2013

BOSTON, June 5, 2013—A Brighton woman admitted yesterday to stealing thousands of dollars from illegal immigrants in return for promises of driver’s licenses and legal assistance she never provided, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ADRIANA FERREIRA (D.O.B. 6/28/64) pleaded guilty to seven counts of accepting a gratuity as a public employee, five counts of larceny over $250 by false pretense, and four counts of attempted larceny.  more »


Jun 4, 2013

BOSTON, June 4, 2013—A Marblehead man was sentenced to three months in a house of correction this week for head-butting an MBTA bus driver last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

JOHN KERIVAN (D.O.B. 12/10/64) pleaded guilty to assault and battery on a public employee yesterday as his trial was scheduled to begin in Chelsea District Court. Assistant District Attorney Thomas Ozbolt recommended that he serve a year and a half behind bars; Judge Benjamin Barnes imposed the lower amount, which was greater than the suspended sentence that the defendant requested. more »


Jun 4, 2013

BOSTON, June 4, 2013—A tour bus driver from Philadelphia was arraigned today on charges that he was driving negligently when his vehicle collided with a highway overpass, leaving several passengers injured and one paralyzed, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SAMUEL J. JACKSON (D.O.B. 1/10/46) was arraigned today on one count of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, as well as the civil infractions of failing to obey a sign on a Department of Conservation and Recreation roadway and operating a bus on a DCR roadway. more »


Jun 4, 2013

BOSTON, June 4, 2013—Maiqi Hernandez, a 35-year-old father of two and a security guard at Harvard University, was shot dead by a man angry over their earlier exchange of words, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said today.

DEVONE SUBER (D.O.B. 2/4/86) was arraigned on a murder charge today, almost exactly one month after he allegedly shot Hernandez to death from the hallway of the Prentiss Street apartment building in which the victim lived. more »


Jun 3, 2013

BOSTON, June 3, 2013—Two Dorchester men were held on high bail today after police obtained separate search warrants and recovered firearms from their residences, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

SEAN GOODE (D.O.B. 6/5/81) is charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, three counts of unlawful possession of ammunition, and a single charge of possessing a firearm with a defaced serial number.  JEMEL LOVE (D.O.B. 2/10/79) was arraigned on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and improper storage of a firearm.  He was also issued a citation for possession of a Class D substance.  more »


Jun 3, 2013

BOSTON, June 3, 2013—The nation’s highest court today affirmed the constitutionality of taking a DNA swab from suspects at the time of their arrests, calling them akin to the traditional identification methods of booking photos and fingerprint exemplars – a decision lauded by Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

“In the 21st century, DNA evidence is the gold standard for identification,” Conley said. “As the high court rightly notes, it can be gathered quickly, painlessly, and with minimal intrusion. It’s the natural extension of identification measures like booking photos and fingerprint cards. Each was cutting edge in its day, and no one can deny the justification for taking them at the time of arrest. The DNA swabs we take for law enforcement purposes have one purpose: to identify the subject to the exclusion of any other person. They carry no private or medical information, nor are we interested in that information.” more »


Jun 3, 2013

BOSTON, June 2, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today pledged a full and impartial review of this morning’s police-involved shooting, a standard procedure for the fatal use of force in Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.

Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin, chief of the DA’s Homicide Unit, responded to Willowwood Street shortly after the incident, relayed the unfolding evidence to Conley, and remained through the morning. Because the Suffolk DA’s office has a statutory authority to investigate deaths unattended by medical personnel, Conley directed Zabin to undertake a comprehensive review of the facts and law surrounding the incident. more »


May 30, 2013

BOSTON, May 30, 2013—A Chelsea man was ordered held without bail today at his arraignment for the shooting deaths of Zouaoui Dani-Elkebir and Karima El-Hakim earlier this month, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

State Police homicide detectives assigned to Conley’s office and Chelsea Police detectives arrested MAURICE MORRISON (D.O.B. 2/19/85) last night on two counts of murder stemming from the May 13 slayings. Dani-Elkebir, 52, and El-Hakim, 38, were found dead in Dani-Elkebir’s livery car on Crescent Avenue in the early morning hours of May 13. more »


May 30, 2013

BOSTON, May 30, 2013—A Malden man today began serving a prison sentence after his conviction last week on charges he stole more than $310,000 from his employer while also fraudulently receiving unemployment benefits, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RYAN VOSE (D.O.B. 9/12/79) pleaded guilty May 23 to three counts of larceny by scheme; five counts each of forgery, uttering, and making false entry on corporate books; and six counts of unemployment compensation fraud. In doing so, he admitted stealing more than $300,000 from the business for which he worked and defrauding the Massachusetts Division of Unemployment Assistance out of more than $47,000. more »


May 30, 2013

BOSTON, May 30, 2013—State Police detectives assigned to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, along with Troop E investigators and the Crime Scene Services Section, are investigating the death of a man who may have suffered a heart attack during a violent struggle in which he bit a trooper.

The man, identified as a 47-year-old Windsor, Connecticut, resident, was wandering on a highway ramp near Interchange 19 of the Massachusetts Turnpike eastbound shortly before 10:15 last night when a trooper working a paid detail spotted him and directed him off the ramp. An additional trooper arrived on scene at about this time. more »


May 30, 2013

BOSTON, May 30, 2013—An East Boston man was arraigned this week on charges he stabbed his drinking companion in the head and told police that a stranger with a machete did the deed, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

HUGO VENTURA (D.O.B. 1/24/83) was arraigned Tuesday in East Boston District Court on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a knife.  Assistant District Attorney Janine D’Amico requested bail be set at $1,000.  Judge Roberto Ronquillo imposed $100 bail, and the defendant was ordered held on an immigration detainer. more »


May 30, 2013

BOSTON, May 28, 2013—A Level III sex offender from Roxbury pleaded guilty to strangling 48-year-old Jewell Alsop to death as his trial on that charge was set to begin, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

On the first day of jury selection, FITZHUGH NEWTON III (D.O.B. 3/26/59) pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Alsop’s Feb. 25, 2009, homicide. He was sentenced to the mandatory term for that offense, life in prison. more »


May 23, 2013

BOSTON, May 23, 2013—The younger sister of a man sought for Steven Jones’ homicide was arraigned yesterday on charges that she threatened potential witnesses in the slaying, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JELAINE FLORES (D.O.B. 4/26/95) of Charlestown was arraigned yesterday on two counts of witness intimidation and one count of making annoying or harassing phone calls. Assistant District Attorney Gretchen Lundgren recommended that she be held on $2500 cash bail; Judge Lawrence McCormick exceeded that recommendation and imposed $3500 cash bail. Flores was additionally ordered to wear a GPS tracking device, and have no contact with the victims if she posts that amount. more »


May 22, 2013

BOSTON, May 22, 2013—A Dorchester man who works at a Jamaica Plain school was held on $10,000 cash bail today on methamphetamine trafficking charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

STEPHEN W. DORAN (D.O.B. 3/26/56) was arraigned today in West Roxbury District Court following his arrest yesterday by State Police. Assistant District Attorney Rakhi Lahiri recommended $500,000 bail; Judge Michael Coyne imposed the lower amount but ordered Doran to wear a GPS device and remain on home confinement except for medical appointments if he posts that amount. more »


May 22, 2013

BOSTON, May 22, 2013—A defendant who pleaded guilty to heroin charges before the crisis at the Department of Public Health drug testing facility doesn’t get to withdraw that knowing, willing, and voluntary admission now that one of its former chemists has been indicted, a municipal court judge has ruled.

“If the evidence doesn’t support a case, then we don’t pursue it,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, whose office prosecuted the case and argued against the defendant’s motion to withdraw his plea. “The evidence in this case unquestionable supports the charge and the conviction. The judge here made the right and sensible call on the facts and the law. The crisis at the DPH lab, as grave as it is, is not a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card for everyone ever convicted of a drug offense, as some have suggested.” more »


May 21, 2013

BOSTON, May 21, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today joined Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to deliver the following remarks on Operation H, a long-term investigation targeting drug distribution and suppressing violent crime in the area of Roxbury’s H-Block and surrounding streets:

“Beginning in January of this year and continuing right through last week, officers and detectives of the Boston Police Drug Control Unit targeted drug-related crime in the area of Roxbury’s H-Block and several nearby streets.  For the past two months, prosecutors assigned to our Gang Unit have been putting those cases into the Suffolk County Special Grand Jury.  more »


May 21, 2013

BOSTON, May 21, 2013—The state’s highest court today denied appeals by two Boston gang members whose 2003 attempt to shoot a rival instead left a pregnant woman seriously wounded with a gunshot injury and her baby dead after an emergency Caesarian section, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The 15-page decision by the Supreme Judicial Court means that ANDRE GREEN (D.O.B. 5/29/84) of Boston and CHIMEZIE AKARA (D.O.B. 10/7/83) of Roslindale will serve out their life sentences without the possibility of parole in the murder of Baby Boy Barry, who suffered mortal injuries while inside his mother’s womb on the evening of Feb. 5, 2003. The mother, a 29-year-old Lynn resident at the time, was rushed to Boston Medical Center for emergency surgery. Her child was delivered about two weeks early but, according to medical testimony, would have survived but for his grievous injuries. more »


May 21, 2013

BOSTON, May 21, 2013—The men who killed Billie Kee and Kevin Thomas, Jr., were sentenced to consecutive life terms for their murder plus an additional decade for using a high-capacity firearm in the 2011 slayings, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

The terms had been recommended by Conley’s office, and at prosecutors’ request will not begin until the two complete the sentences they’re already serving for unrelated offenses – Corbin an assault and battery, and Fulgiam for violating the terms of his probation on an earlier conviction. more »


May 20, 2013

BOSTON, May 20, 2013—The two men charged with murdering Billie Marie Kee and Kevin Thomas, Jr., in their Hyde Park home two years ago were convicted of all charges today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

On their first full days of deliberations after hearing lawyers’ closing arguments Friday, a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted MICHAEL CORBIN (D.O.B. 11/10/70) and EARL FULGIAM (D.O.B. 4/14/80), both of Mattapan, of two counts of first-degree murder under all three theories of murder – deliberate premeditation, extreme atrocity or cruelty, and felony murder – as well as armed robbery and various firearm offenses. more »


May 17, 2013

BOSTON, May 17, 2013—A Quincy man was held without bail today on charges he shot and killed two other men in November, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KEON MONTEIRO (D.O.B. 3/19/89) was arraigned today on two counts of murder in the Nov. 28 shooting deaths of 21-year-old Victor Otoadese and 25-year-old Sean Repetto, both of Quincy.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Patrick Devlin, Judge Michele Hogan ordered Monteiro held without bail. more »


May 16, 2013

Manslaughter Plea in East Boston Strangulation, Arson

BOSTON, May 16, 2013—An East Boston teen today admitted to strangling an older family friend to death with a dog chain, accepting a 15-year prison term for killing the man who sexually abused him as a child rather than go to trial on a murder charge, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MARCO TULIO FLORES (D.O.B. 10/3/93) pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and arson at today’s proceedings in connection with the 2011 homicide of 28-year-old Jaime Galdamez in the victim’s East Boston apartment. Flores had initially been charged with first-degree murder. more »


May 16, 2013

BOSTON, May 16, 2013—A Roxbury woman was arraigned yesterday on charges she attempted to extort thousands of dollars from a man whose car brushed against her in traffic, allegedly telling the victim that she planned to use the cash for cosmetic surgery, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DEBORAH YI (D.O.B. 2/1/89) was arraigned in South Boston District Court on a charge of extortion.  At the recommendation of Assistant District Attorney William Champlin, Judge Michael Bolden released Yi on her own recognizance on the conditions she stay away from and have no contact with the victim and report to probation once a month. more »


May 15, 2013

Investigation Still Open; More Charges Possible

BOSTON, May 15, 2013—The Suffolk County Grand Jury yesterday returned a 53-count indictment charging five civilian Massport employees with soliciting and taking bribes from cab drivers in exchange for letting them cut ahead of other taxis at Logan Airport, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. more »


May 15, 2013

BOSTON, May 14, 2013—Two men were arraigned yesterday on charges they fired off a handgun after being turned away from a house party and then led police on a chase through Mattapan, and a third was arraigned on weekend gun charges after an illegal firearm fell from his car right in front of police, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today. more »


May 13, 2013

BOSTON, May 13, 2013—A Stoughton man was held on $500,000 cash bail today at his hospital bed arraignment on charges that he crashed his car while drunk and killed his passenger, 20-year-old Evan Bard of Agawam, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Assistant District Attorney Melissa Brooks of the DA’s Major Felony Bureau recommended that amount for SEAN E. JACKMAN (D.O.B. 1/18/89), arraigned at Boston Medical Center today on charges of motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence arising out of Bard’s death in Jackman’s vehicle at about 11:50 on Friday night. more »


May 13, 2013

BOSTON, May 13, 2013—Chelsea Police detectives and State Police homicide detectives assigned to the Suffolk District Attorney’s office are investigating the suspicious deaths of two people in Chelsea early this morning, Chief Brian Kyes and District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today. more »


May 13, 2013

 

Now You See: A Celebration of Courageous Kids

Now You See: A Celebration of Courageous Kids

Introduction

The photography in this project is far from perfect.

Now You See: Audrey

Now You See: Audrey

These photos were not taken in a studio with good lighting or with a crew.They were taken in waiting rooms, offices, conference rooms and homes.

As you see, each child (and set of eyes) is unique and has his or her own challenges around the trauma. They each cope in their own way. But every child in this project has told someone what happened to them.

And in each photo, the child or adult survivor or caretaker is proud. And their eyes show that. They are proud that they are here and they have something to say. And they are so glad that you are looking at them. And now you see.

 

Now You See: Johanna

Now You See: Johanna

District Attorney Dan Conley’s Introduction at the “Now You See” Opening

“We’re here tonight to recognize some truly courageous children – children who did one of the toughest things anyone can do.  These kids disclosed physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, defying social pressures, their own fears, and sometimes even perpetrators who said no one would believe them.  As everyone here knows, that can be difficult, sometimes impossible, even for grown men and women.  And when we were looking for an appropriate spot to honor that bravery, First Justice Terry Craven of the Suffolk County Juvenile Court didn’t just agree to support it – she enthusiastically volunteered this venue.

“Hosting this exhibit in the Suffolk Juvenile Court will maximize its visibility to kids in crisis and their loving caregivers.  I spent about 18 months as a Juvenile Court prosecutor early in my career.  I got to know many of the defendants and their backgrounds quite well.  We all know there’s a link between childhood trauma and behavioral difficulties.  We all know that many more children are abused than are able to reveal it.  The pictures and words on display here will send a powerful message to kids who see them that they’re not alone – and that it’s safe to come forward.  So please join me in thanking First Justice Craven for her generosity and her support.”Ask any prosecutor and they’ll tell you: the most challenging cases we see are those involving the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children.  They can be the hardest to investigate, with victims who’ve lost every reason to trust an adult.  They can be the hardest to prove, resting on a child’s ability to answer detailed questions in a room full of strangers about deeply traumatic events.  And even for police and prosecutors with decades of experience, they are without question the hardest to put aside at the end of the day.

Now You See: Maryann

Now You See: Maryann

“Because these cases are so personal and so emotionally charged, we take extensive steps to safeguard the victims’ privacy.  We let them decide, on own their terms, if and when they want to share their experiences with others.  But as a result, the very kids and adult survivors who need to know they’ll be supported in their disclosure can remain afraid or ashamed to come forward.  With this exhibit, we’ve found a way to protect victims’ interests while helping them share a message of hope and courage – a message that the other abused kids out there aren’t alone.”Countless times at the beginnings and ends of these cases, I’ve met with young victims, adult survivors, and the caretakers who love them.  Looking in their eyes, I’ve seen many things.  Sometimes fear and trepidation.  Sometimes confidence and determination.  But always a sense of relief – after finally sharing a secret no one, especially a child, should have to keep.

Now You See: Odette

Now You See: Odette

“In these halls, you’ll see those eyes for yourselves.  They’re the eyes of innocents too often hurt by the very people who should have protected them, of children carrying burdens not even an adult should have to bear.  And yet, these eyes are proud.  They are loving.  They are resilient.  They’re the eyes of boys and girls who have endured the most wrenching ordeals of their lives – and come out stronger.  We’re here tonight to honor their courage and to help them reach other victims in a way no one else can. ”I mentioned my deep gratitude to First Justice Craven and the Suffolk County Juvenile Court for providing this space, which is so appropriate to the subject matter.  But I want to thank three more people for their monumental work on this innovative project.

Now You See: PG

Now You See: PG

“First is Jacquelyn Lamont, director of youth safety and outreach for our office and forensic interviewer for our Child Protection Unit.  Her personal experiences with these kids inspired her to help them connect with each other and the world around them.  She found a genuinely moving way to bring the work we do behind the scenes to an audience that deserves to see it.  These are her photos, evidence of the incredible relationships she’s built over time.  You don’t build a body of work like this in a 40-hour work week.  Like most prosecutors and victim advocates, she’s doing interviews and presentations in the office, out at schools, and in family homes early in the morning, late in the evening, and on the weekends with one thing in mind: the care and protection of our most innocent, most vulnerable clients.  She’s worked so hard on so many projects that we could spend the rest of the evening recounting them.  Jackie, thank you so much.”I’d like to thank Mattie DiCola of our Multimedia Unit for her technical skill and artist’s eye in working with Jacquelyn to process these images into their most beautiful and powerful form.  Mattie produces many of the charts and diagrams we use at trial to distill complex information about time, location, distance, and relation into visual exhibits for jurors.  You’ve heard that a picture is worth a thousand words – well, one of Mattie’s diagrams is worth a thousand pictures, and we’re so lucky to have her.

“Finally, I want to thank Susan Goldfarb, executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County.  The CAC is the hub that connects law enforcement, social service providers, clinicians, and others with the kids who need us most.  All of us are at our best when we’re part of a team, and no one can put that team through its paces like she can.  For longer than either of us probably want to admit, she’s been living and working one simple philosophy:  If kids come to us for help, then we won’t let them down – we will protect them, we will fight for them, and we will never turn our backs on them.” 

Now You See: Sara

Now You See: Sara

About Now You See

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and Children’s Advocacy Center received more than 1,000 reports of child abuse last year. These cases included sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect and more.

Some of those referrals were the result of babies being brought to emergency rooms with broken bones, burns and bruises.

Some of those referrals were the result of kids going to school with physical and behavioral signs of abuse.

And many of those referrals were the result of a child telling a caring adult what was happening to them. But that is all too rare. Most kids don’t tell anyone when they are being abused. Why? The reasons are too long and complex to state simply. Some are obvious, like a child being afraid of the abuser. Or a child loving the abuser in spite of the terrible things happening to them. Or a child not wanting to break up their family or risk being removed from their own home. Some reasons are not so obvious, like the many kids who we learn were trying to protect their own loving caretaker from the heartache of learning their child is being abused. “I didn’t want my mom to be upset.” “I knew my Dad would do something and I didn’t want my Dad to get in trouble.” These are some of the things we hear consistently.

So when a child does tell, we have a duty to respond and to make that child feel heard and safe. We have a duty to listen and to do whatever it takes to protect them and to help them heal.

Most people do not realize how courageous these children are because they don’t know what these kids have seen, what their bodies have felt and what their hearts have endured. Many people do not understand the amount of bravery it takes to disclose abuse and then to continue on with the difficult process that follows.

This project hopes to shine light on that bravery. So we thank you for being here. We thank you for looking at the eyes of these children and paying attention to what they have to say. As you do, you may feel emotional or even overwhelmed. And if you do, that is ok. In fact, it’s great. Because the kids you read about deserve to be seen and heard. And you are supporting them by taking the time to learn about what happened and to care. So at the end of the night, you can also be proud, that you have joined us in our mission to support these children. And you can be glad and grateful that now you know. And now you see.

 

Now You See: Tantan

Now You See: Tantan

Thank you

Thank you to District Attorney Dan Conley for being a champion for the kids we serve and for supporting the Children’s Advocacy Center and Child Protection Unit.

Thank you to John Towle, Susan Goldfarb and Leora Joseph for saying “yes” to starting this project and “yes” all along the way.

Thank you to Mattie DiCola for her graphic artwork and enthusiasm.

Thank you to Lisa Goldblatt Grace and Audrey Morrissey for their incredible work with exploited youth.

Thank you to Chelsea Home Depot for building beautiful easels to support the prints.

Thank you to Sgt. Catherine Doherty of the BPD Crimes Against Children Unit.

Thank you to the staff of the Child Protection Unit and CAC who always asked how they could help. In particular, thank you to Kathryn Diperna, Alexandra Horan, Rebecca Harris, Alissa Goldhaber, Sara McEvoy and Daniel Dombak.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Now You See reception, especially Det. Carolyn Sygiel, Patricia Lamont, Maggi Muirhead, Nancy Isikoff, Scott Arneil and the facilities staff of the Suffolk County Juvenile Court.

Thank you to Judge Terry M. Craven for everything she has done to support the project and this reception and to make it a success. I further thank her for leadership on the sensitive handling of cases involving child sexual and physical abuse in the Suffolk County Juvenile Court.

And most importantly, thank you to the children and their loved ones who participated in this project. “Now You See” is dedicated to them and to the many other kids who have been severely hurt, yet survived and told. They are all heroes. And now you see.

-Jacquelyn Lamont, Forensic Interviewer, Director of Youth Safety and Outreach for DA Dan Conley


May 11, 2013

BOSTON, May 11, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today delivered the following remarks on legislation he drafted to close loopholes in Massachusetts gun laws and address the secondary market for firearms. He was joined by Rayauna M., Joselyn C., and Chris R., three 6th grade students at the Harbor School in Dorchester who wrote to him about youth violence last week, and by Rep. Russell Holmes, John Rosenthal of Stop Handgun Violence, and Emmett Folgert of the Dorchester Youth Collaborative: more »


May 10, 2013

BOSTON, May 10, 2013—A Chelsea man today admitted to his role in the fatal shooting of Ronald Palacios in 2010, accepting a state prison term followed by probation rather than face trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KEVIN SEMIGLIA (D.O.B. 1/14/90) pleaded guilty to the crimes of manslaughter, unlawful possession of a firearm, and assault charges in connection with Palacios’ May 4, 2010, shooting death. At the request of Assistant District Attorneys Mark Zanini and Gregory Henning, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders sentenced him to 9½ years in state prison followed by two years of probation. more »


May 10, 2013

BOSTON, May 10, 2013—The state’s highest court today affirmed a Roxbury woman’s conviction in the premeditated murder of her ex-boyfriend and another man, as well as the attempted murder a of third, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Supreme Judicial Court upheld the convictions of TONEIKA BRITT (D.O.B. 9/25/76), who in 2009 was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of her ex-boyfriend, 29-year-old Jesse Calhoun, and his friend, 20-year-old Robert Turner. Britt was also convicted of one count of armed assault with intent to murder for nonfatal injuries to a third victim and unlawful possession of a firearm. more »


May 8, 2013

BOSTON, May 8, 2013—The state’s highest court today reversed two lower courts’ decisions to suppress gun and drug evidence recovered from a Jamaica Plain stash house, ruling that a police officer’s affidavit was sufficient to show probable cause that evidence of criminal activity at that location, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The ruling allows Suffolk prosecutors to move forward in the case against REGINALD CLAGON (D.O.B. 12/5/79), ANTHONY GERALD (D.O.B.7/4/87), and GREGORY KIMBLE (D.O.B. 2/5/87), who were arrested in 2010.  Clagon is charged with trafficking in cocaine, Gerald with possession with intent to distribute a Class A substance and possession of a Class B substance, and Kimble with trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition. more »


May 8, 2013

BOSTON, May 8, 2013—A Salem man was on probation for groping two women at North Station when he allegedly groped a third on a Green Line train late last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DANE MULLIN (D.O.B. 4/26/86) was arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court yesterday on one count of indecent assault and battery for the Dec. 17, 2012, incident on a train traveling outbound on the E Line. Assistant District Attorney Jessica Erickson recommended that he be held on $20,000 cash bail; Judge Mark Hart Summerville imposed $8,000 bail and ordered him held without bail for allegedly violating the terms of his open probation and on open warrants charging him with failure to register as a sex offender and assault and battery, both out of Salem District Court. more »


May 7, 2013

BOSTON, May 7, 2013—Suffolk prosecutors obtained high bail and strict conditions of release for three men arraigned on separate gun charges yesterday in Dorchester District Court, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

“Every gun arrest averts a potential shooting,” Conley said. “We’re taking firearms off the street, but just as importantly we’re those who carry and use them off the street, too. These are cases of vital importance to the community because they involve individuals who spread fear and violence in our neighborhoods.” more »


May 6, 2013

BOSTON, May 6, 2013—A Suffolk Superior Court judge has denied two recidivist drug dealers’ motions to stay their sentences, which were based on convictions unrelated to a former Department of Public Health chemist now under indictment, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Regional Administrative Justice Jeffrey Locke denied motions by LANDERS IVEY (D.O.B. 6/18/59) and PAUL FIDLER (D.O.B. 4/17/65) to release them from prison while they await decisions on their respective motions to vacate their guilty pleas. Both men are serving time for drug distribution; neither one had the drug evidence in his case tested by Annie Dookhan, the former Department of Public Health chemist criminally charged by the Massachusetts Attorney General. more »


May 3, 2013

BOSTON, May 3, 2013—A friend of two brothers charged with the murder of 17-year-old Andre Matthew was held on high bail today at his arraignment for allegedly trying to stymie the investigation into that 2012 homicide, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DANIEL WILKINS-MURPHY, 19, of Roxbury was arraigned this afternoon in Suffolk Superior Court following his indictment yesterday for perjury and misleading an investigator. Boston Police arrested him on a warrant at his home this morning. more »


May 3, 2013

BOSTON, May 3, 2013—A Revere man yesterday pleaded guilty to the 2011 beating that caused life-threatening injuries to his then-girlfriend’s son, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSEPH TESTA (D.O.B. 5/19/82) yesterday appeared in Suffolk Superior Court, where he pleaded guilty to the indicted charges of assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury and reckless endangerment of a child. Judge Raymond Brassard sentenced Testa to six to nine years in state prison, the term recommended by prosecutors. more »


May 2, 2013

BOSTON, May 2, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley has assigned a seasoned prosecutor to the investigation of a fire in Allston that claimed the life of a young woman this weekend.

Conley named Assistant District Attorney David Bradley to oversee the death investigation arising out of a fire that broke out at 87 Linden St. on the morning of April 28. Currently assigned to the DA’s Senior Trial Unit, Bradley once served as the office’s arson point prosecutor. As with all death investigations in the City of Boston, the assigned prosecutor is working with Boston Police detectives. more »


May 2, 2013

BOSTON, May 2, 2013—A Roxbury man was arraigned last week for a violent assault and robbery in which he claimed to responding police that he was the victim, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

TORIN TRAYNOR (D.O.B. 10/29/85) of Roxbury was arraigned April 24 in West Roxbury District Court on charges of unarmed robbery, assault and battery, and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for allegedly using a tile floor and a shod foot during the alleged attack.  Assistant District Attorney Adrian Bispham recommended bail be set at $750.  Judge Ernest L. Sarason declined to impose monetary bail and released Traynor on his own recognizance. more »


May 2, 2013

BOSTON, May 1, 2013—An Easton man was sentenced to jail today after he was convicted of drunk driving for the fourth time, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury yesterday found STEVEN BUCHANAN (D.O.B. 12/12/60) guilty of operating under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Because it could have prejudiced the defendant, jurors were not told that Buchanan had previously been convicted of drunk driving on three prior occasions. more »


May 1, 2013

BOSTON, May 1, 2013—The man convicted of stabbing 19-year-old Kenneth Soto to death was sentenced to life in prison today, while the friend who tried to help him to evade arrest received jail time and a request to write a letter to Soto’s grieving family, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury found HECTOR “NEMO” SOTO (D.O.B. 3/16/91) of Roslindale guilty of second-degree murder on April 23.  At a hearing this morning, Judge Raymond Brassard handed down the mandatory sentence for that crime, life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years. Hector Soto and Kenneth Soto were not related. more »


May 1, 2013
By Alan Duke, CNN
updated 4:08 PM EDT, Wed April 17, 2013

(CNN) — “Moments like these, terrible as they are, don’t show our weakness; they show our strength.” These words were spoken by Suffolk County, Massachusetts, District Attorney Dan Conley after Monday’s terror attack in Boston.

A day later, signs of that strength are seen in the stories of people — you might call them heroes — who were near the Boston Marathon finish line when two bombs exploded seconds apart.

Read More at http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/16/us/boston-heroes/


May 1, 2013

By Lauren Dezenski, Boston Globe Correspondent

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today was honored for his work on behalf of crime victims at a State House ceremony.

The state Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance presented the Gerard D. Downing Leadership Award to Conley, who has been the chief prosecutor in Suffolk County since 2002.

Read More at http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/04/08/suffolk-daniel-conley-honored-for-work-behalf-crime-victims-state-house-ceremony/RksxFlAyWG24ufXr0xe2gL/story.html


May 1, 2013

BOSTON, May 1, 2013—A Fenway man was arraigned on firearms charges yesterday after criminalists recovered his fingerprint on the magazine of a 9mm handgun that police earlier found stashed in a Dorchester alley, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RAHIYM MERVIN (D.O.B. 10/16/92) was arraigned yesterday in Roxbury District Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, and unlawful possession of a large-capacity feeding device. Because of a prior conviction for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Mervin was additionally charged as a Level I armed career criminal. more »


Apr 30, 2013

BOSTON, April 30, 2013—Prosecutors today arraigned eight men accused of taking part in a vicious group attack inside a parking garage, bringing the total number of defendants in the case to 12, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. more »


Apr 30, 2013

BOSTON, April 30, 2013—A 14-year-old girl is charged with setting the front door of a popular roller-skating rink on fire Saturday night after being denied entry, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Mattapan teen, whose name will not be released because of her age, was arraigned yesterday in the juvenile session of Dorchester District Court. Assistant District Attorney Amanda Cascione recommended that she be held on $5,000 cash bail; Judge Leslie Harris released her to the custody of her grandmother with orders to abide by a 5:00 p.m. curfew, attend school each day and arrive on time, and stay away from the scene of the incident and any witnesses. more »


Apr 30, 2013

BOSTON, April 30, 2013—A Roxbury man with a decades-long record for larceny and robbery has been charged in a 16-count indictment alleging six thefts in Boston and even one in Cambridge, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

KEVIN DRAYTON (D.O.B. 12/4/63) was arraigned yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court on four counts of larceny from a person, two counts of receiving stolen property under $250, five counts of receiving stolen property over $250, and one count each of larceny under $250, attempted larceny from a person, and attempted larceny over $250.  more »


Apr 29, 2013

BOSTON, April 29, 2013—A Chelsea woman with a long list of aliases and two outstanding warrants was arraigned last week on a new charge alleging she robbed a bank, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

JODIE PERKINS (D.O.B. 10/17/67) was arraigned Thursday in Chelsea District Court on a charge of armed robbery.  Assistant District Attorney Christopher Henry requested bail be set at $50,000.  Judge Benjamin Barnes set bail at $1,700 and declined to revoke Perkins bail on two open Chelsea cases in which default warrants had been issued.  more »


Apr 29, 2013

BOSTON, April 29, 2013—The state’s highest court recently upheld a career criminal’s 2004 conviction for the 1974 murder of 14-year-old Carlos Matos in Roxbury, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The conviction ensures that RODOLFO CARR (D.O.B. 6/2/54), a.k.a. HONDURAS, will serve out his sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for shooting Matos to death after an Aug. 5, 1974, dispute near a park on Dudley Street. more »


Apr 26, 2013

BOSTON, April 26, 2013­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ —A second person has been ordered held without bail in the 2012 stabbing death of 39-year-old Cherby LaJoie, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

TARAYIAH “TIP” HUNT (D.O.B. 1/1/92) of Dorchester was arraigned Wednesday in Dorchester District Court on a charge of murder.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Craig Iannini, Judge Kenneth Fiandaca ordered Hunt held without bail. more »


Apr 26, 2013

BOSTON, April 26, 2013—A South Boston man was arraigned earlier this month on charges he ditched more than 3,000 prescription painkillers on a New York to Boston bus, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

GREGORY HORNE (D.O.B.  5/21/81) of South Boston was arraigned April 11 in Boston Municipal Court on a charge of trafficking in a Class B substance.  Assistant District Attorney Neil Flynn requested Horne be held on $250,000 bail.  Judge Patricia Bernstein set bail at $5,000, which Horne had posted prior to arraignment. more »


Apr 25, 2013

BOSTON, April 25, 2013—A Cambridge man was arraigned today on charges he attacked two people at a train station earlier this month, puncturing one victim’s lung by stabbing him, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSE MURILLO (D.O.B. 5/21/85) was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court today on two charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Erica Brody, Judge Annette Forde set bail at $25,000 and ordered Murillo to stay away from his two victims. more »


Apr 24, 2013
Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley (at microphone) was joined by (from left) Boston Police Superintendent William Gross, Rev. Jeffrey Brown (in hat), Transit Police Lt. Stephen Salisbury, Pastor William E. Dickerson II, and others at the Ruggles MBTA station today to roll out an advertising campaign observing National Crime Victim Rights Week.

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley (at microphone) was joined by (from left) Boston Police Superintendent William Gross, Rev. Jeffrey Brown (in fedora), Transit Police Lt. Stephen Salisbury, Pastor William E. Dickerson II, and others at the Ruggles MBTA station today to roll out an advertising campaign observing National Crime Victim Rights Week.

“Whether You Work on Boylston Street or Blue Hill Ave, Your Family and Your Safety are Important to Us”

BOSTON, April 23, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today delivered the following remarks at Ruggles MBTA station to roll out an advertising campaign observing National Crime Victim Rights Week. The campaign was funded by a grant from the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime that Conley’s office sought and obtained last year.

“In the aftermath of last week’s terrible tragedies in Boston and across the river, we saw a tremendous outpouring of support from people who wanted to help the investigation.  We got tips, phone calls, photos, and videos from people across the city.  And as we all know, that assistance paid off.  We’re much closer to justice for the victims because of that help.

“But in the time since Monday’s bombings, we’ve had two homicides in the City of Boston, and those victims deserve justice too.  Their families deserve the same outpouring of support we saw over the past few days. more »


Apr 24, 2013

BOSTON, April 23, 2013—A Roslindale man was convicted of murder today and his friend found guilty of helping him in the aftermath of 19-year-old Kenneth Soto’s 2011 stabbing death in Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury this afternoon convicted HECTOR “NEMO” SOTO (D.O.B. 3/16/91) of murder in the second degree, and CHRISTIAN RIVERA (D.O.B. 12/17/88) of Mission Hill of being accessory to murder after the fact. Sentencing will take place on Wednesday, May 1, at which time Judge Raymond Brassard is expected to sentence Soto to the mandatory sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole in 15 years. Rivera faces a maximum of seven years. more »


Apr 22, 2013

BOSTON, April 22, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley has called for a task force to discuss and enhance Boston’s use of closed-circuit television cameras in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

“Events of the past week showed the unquestioned value and power of video recording as a means of solving a crime,” Conley wrote in a letter to Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Police Commissioner Edward Davis, MBTA Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and federal law enforcement officials. “But it also showed the inherent risks and limitations in overreliance on CCTV systems owned by private businesses and video evidence captured by private citizens.” more »


Apr 22, 2013

BOSTON, April 22, 2013—The driver who inadvertently left a 1-year-old boy in a day care van where he died of hyperthermia will not face criminal charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said after meeting with the boy’s family, their attorneys, victim-witness advocates, and Boston Police today. Those findings were announced after being withheld since last year at the request of representatives of the family and their attorneys. The meeting today was scheduled last month.

After a comprehensive investigation of the facts, circumstances, and legal issues surrounding Gabriel Pierre’s death, senior prosecutors assigned to the DA’s Homicide, Child Protection, and Appellate units agreed that Massachusetts’ criminal statutes do not provide a legal foundation for charges against LUIS MATOS, who left the boy in his van on the afternoon of Sept. 12, 2011. more »


Apr 22, 2013

BOSTON, April 22, 2013—A Charlestown man was held on high bail on 30 separate counts last week after a lengthy investigation that turned up drugs and a firearm stolen from a courthouse evidence locker, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

MELVIN JONES (D.O.B. 2/24/74) of Charlestown was arraigned April 16 in Charlestown District Court on four separate dockets charging him with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, improper storage of a firearm, receiving stolen property, and 12 drug charges related to the distribution or possession with intent to distribute Class A, Class B, Class D, and Class E substances. more »


Apr 18, 2013

BOSTON, April 18, 2013—A twice-convicted double-murderer will not get a third trial for the 1986 slayings of two men in Boston’s North End, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

In a sharply-worded, 28-page decision filed yesterday, Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert Mulligan denied a motion for new trial filed by LOUIS COSTA, convicted with FRANK DiBENEDETTO in 1988 and again in 1994 of two counts of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of Frank Chiuchiolo and Joseph Bottari. Mulligan last year denied a similar motion filed by DiBenedetto; his decision on Costa’s motion essentially closes the case for good. more »


Apr 18, 2013
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley (at podium) speaks to local and national media on the bombings at the Boston Marathon.  Also shown are (from left) US Sen. Elizabeth Warren, State Police Col. Timothy Alben, Gov. Deval Patrick,US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, MBTA Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers, and Boston Fire Commissioner Roderick Frazer.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley (at podium) speaks to local and national media on the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Also shown are (from left) US Sen. Elizabeth Warren, State Police Col. Timothy Alben, Gov. Deval Patrick,US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, MBTA Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers, and Boston Fire Commissioner Roderick Frazer.

Shortly after the explosions of two devices at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley responded to the scene and assigned three top prosecutors to the investigation. Each has extensive experience in violent death probes and each has coordinated many times in the past with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Though the bombing investigation is being led by the FBI, Suffolk prosecutors are on hand to take on any state-level proceedings arising out of the case.

In the aftermath of the explosions, Conley addressed the public twice, delivering the following remarks at a command post located in the Westin Copley Hotel. more »


Apr 12, 2013

BOSTON, April 12, 2013—The defendant in one gun case was convicted yesterday and the suspect in another was arraigned and held on high bail in a separate proceeding today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury yesterday convicted GIROLD GRAND-PIERRE (D.O.B. 6/23/85) of Somerville on two counts each of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm. The charges arise out of an incident two years ago in which Grand-Pierre tossed two handguns into a dumpster near a Roxbury housing development.

And in a separate case arising out of an arrest yesterday evening,  DEARRO BROWN (D.O.B. 7/25/87) of Roxbury was arraigned today in South Boston District Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, and trespassing.  Judge Michael Coyne set his bail at $100,000. more »


Apr 12, 2013

BOSTON, April 12, 2013— A Charlestown man is now charged with four counts of possessing child pornography, two more than he was initially arraigned on late last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JAMES MANSFIELD (D.O.B. 5/10/65) was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court following his Feb. 28 indictment by the Suffolk County Grand Jury.  Assistant District Attorney Gloriann Moroney requested that Mansfield’s bail remain at $20,000, as set at his Charlestown District Court arraignment on Oct. 15.  The four-count indictment moves the case from district court to Superior Court, where it will be adjudicated. more »


Apr 10, 2013

BOSTON, April 10, 2013—Six Boston College seniors were arraigned today on charges they vandalized a Brighton apartment, damaging a gas line and leaving behind a dangerous leak, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Charged in Brighton District Court with breaking and entering in the nighttime and willful and malicious destruction of property over $250 were: more »


Apr 10, 2013

BOSTON, April 10, 2013–District Attorney Daniel F. Conley yesterday sent the following letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in support of Senate Bill 649, imploring the republican leader to help pass the bill without delay.  This common-sense legislation has the support of the majority of Americans, and Conley asked McConnell to put his support behind the bill in order to protect the public from further, pointless gun violence.

DA’s Letter to Senator McConnell

 


Apr 9, 2013

BOSTON, April 9, 2013—A man and woman were arraigned on multiple firearms charges yesterday after workers looking for bedbugs instead discovered firearms hidden under a mattress, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said.

SAYIRA COOPER (D.O.B. 3/30/89) of the South End and DANNIE LEVY (D.O.B. 4/12/83) of Mattapan were each arraigned on 11 counts each of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, two counts of possessing a firearm with a defaced serial number, and one count each of illegal possession of a large capacity weapon, improper storage of a large capacity weapon, and unsafe storage with a minor present.  Assistant District Attorney Lindsey Weinstein requested bail for both defendants be set at $100,000, and that they be subject to GPS monitoring, abide by a curfew, and comply with any requirements set forth by the Department of Children and Families.  Judge Raymond Dougan set bail for Cooper at $3,500 and for Levy at $7,500 and imposed the requested conditions. more »


Apr 8, 2013

BOSTON, April 8, 2013—A Mattapan man was ordered held without bail on charges that he executed 25-year-old Keosha Gilmore last year because she did not share his romantic feelings, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said today.

CHRISTOPHER JACKSON (D.O.B. 10/8/86) was arraigned today in Dorchester District Court on single counts of murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition in Gilmore’s Feb. 19, 2012, shooting death.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Gretchen Lundgren, Judge Rosalind Miller ordered him held without bail. more »


Apr 8, 2013

BOSTON, April 8, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley delivered the following remarks upon receiving the Gerard D. Downing Leadership Award from the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance. The award, named after former Berkshire County District Attorney Gerard Downing, is bestowed annually upon “an agency leader … who has demonstrated unwavering commitment to advancing the rights of crime victims and is recognized by his or her colleagues for their efforts in advancing victim rights.” more »


Apr 5, 2013

BOSTON, April 5, 2013—A Dorchester man was arraigned today on charges that he participated in the stabbing of his ex-girlfriend, the mother of his 8-month-old child, by his new partner, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer OKeeffe of the DA’s Domestic Violence Team recommended that DAQUAN SPARKS (D.O.B. 8/22/93) be held on $500,000 cash bail and be ordered to stay away from the victim and wear a GPS tracking device if he posts that amount. Dorchester District Court Judge Rosalind Miller imposed $75,000 cash bail and set the recommended conditions of release. more »


Apr 4, 2013

BOSTON, April 4, 2013—A Utah man today admitted to possessing child pornography on a flight to Boston, receiving a suspended sentence and a series of strict conditions, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

GRANT SMITH (D.O.B. 5/28/64) of Salt Lake City pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography. Prosecutors recommended a sentence of 2½ years in a house of correction, with one year to serve up front and the balance suspended for a five-year probationary term. East Boston District Court Judge Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., imposed a 2½-year term, suspending the entire sentence. The five-year probationary term will be monitored by authorities in Utah, where he must register in accordance with that state’s sex offender registration requirements. more »


Apr 3, 2013

BOSTON, April 3, 2013—Janet Phinney’s killer was finally held accountable for her slaying 25 years ago, with a Suffolk Superior Court jury finding the 20-year-old’s one-time boyfriend guilty of murder, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

Janet Phinney, 20, in an undated family photo. She was trangled to death 25 years ago and her killer -- an ex-boyfriend -- was convicted today of her murder.

Janet Phinney, 20, in an undated family photo. She was strangled to death 25 years ago and her killer — an ex-boyfriend — was convicted today of her murder.

After about two days of deliberations, jurors found MICHAEL COKER (D.O.B. 7/3/62) of West Roxbury guilty of second-degree murder. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke imposed the mandatory sentence for that offense, life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years. more »


Apr 3, 2013

BOSTON, April 3, 2013—A Suffolk Superior Court jury deliberated for fewer than 15 minutes last week before convicting a recidivist drug dealer of selling heroin to a plainclothes Boston Police officer, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Jurors on March 27 convicted JULIO MEDINA (D.O.B. 8/14/58) of distributing a Class A substance in a school zone for selling members of the District D-4 Drug Control Unit five bags of heroin near a South End school in 2009. The drug evidence in the case had been certified by Annie Dookhan, a former Department of Public Health chemist accused of mishandling evidence in some cases. more »


Apr 2, 2013

BOSTON, April 2, 2013—A Chelsea man was held on high bail after his arraignment this week on 20 separate charges after Chelsea Police discovered firearms, ammunition, stun guns, and drugs inside two apartments he occupied, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

FREDERICK J. BONAMO (D.O.B. 4/1/41) was arraigned in Chelsea District Court yesterday on four counts each of unlawful firearm possession and possession of an electric stun gun; two counts of trafficking in heroin; and one count each of possession with intent to distribute a class B substance, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a class C substance, possession of a class E substance, and unlawful possession of ammunition.  more »


Apr 2, 2013

BOSTON, April 2, 2013—A Roxbury man accused of five violent attacks on women was held on $1 million cash bail today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

Suffolk Superior Court Clerk Magistrate Gary Wilson imposed the amount requested by Assistant District Attorney Patrick Devlin for TIKEE BEVERLY (D.O.B. 1/15/76), who was indicted late last month on 13 charges stemming from assaults in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain. more »


Apr 2, 2013

BOSTON, April 2, 2013—A Dorchester teen was arraigned today on charges that she stabbed the mother of an 8-month-old baby while the child’s father held the victim down, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SAMIA JONES (D.O.B. 2/29/96) was formally charged in Dorchester District Court with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed assault with intent to murder for the incident yesterday afternoon on Midland Street. Assistant District Attorney Brian Brodigan recommended that she be held on $500,000 cash bail, that she be ordered to stay away from the victim, and that she wear a GPS device if she posts that amount; Judge Robert McKenna imposed $50,000 cash bail and all the recommended conditions of release. more »


Apr 1, 2013

BOSTON, April 1, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley will receive a top award from the state’s leading victim rights organization during an annual ceremony next week.

Conley will receive the Gerard D. Downing Leadership Award from the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance at next week’s 2013 Victim Rights Awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House. more »


Apr 1, 2013

DA Conley: Massachusetts has some very strong and sensible gun legislation, but the great majority of gun crimes here are committed with firearms from states with looser laws.

http://westroxbury.patch.com/articles/q-a-da-conley-talks-about-guns-drugs-and-west-roxbury more »


Mar 29, 2013

BOSTON, March 29, 2013—A Roxbury man received a lengthy prison sentence this week after his conviction on a 2009 street robbery spree, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

ALEXANDER CURET, Sr., (D.O.B. 3/13/68) was sentenced Wednesday to a term of 10 to 12 years in state prison following his March 6 convictions on two counts of unarmed robbery and one count each of armed robbery, assault and battery, and receiving a stolen motor vehicle. more »


Mar 28, 2013

BOSTON, March 28, 2013—A man who jumped bail after being arrested for impersonating a police officer was taken into custody and held on high bail today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SANDRO ANAYA (D.O.B. 4/6/94) was arraigned in Chelsea District court today on that charge, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, carrying a dangerous weapon, violating a City of Revere ordinance against carrying a knife with a blade longer than 2½ inches, and operating a vehicle as a junior operator without a licensed driver. Judge Benjamin Barnes imposed $50,000 cash bail. more »


Mar 28, 2013

BOSTON, March 28, 2013—The man charged in two similar rapes near the Roxbury and Jamaica Plain border has been indicted for three more violent attacks on women, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

The indictments, returned yesterday, charge TIKEE BEVERLY (D.O.B. 1/15/76) of Roxbury with a total of 13 offenses linked to five known assaults between September 2012 and February 2013. Specifically, the indictments charge Beverly with four counts each of rape and aggravated rape, two counts each of robbery and kidnapping, and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. more »


Mar 28, 2013

BOSTON, March 28, 2013—The Suffolk County Grand Jury has brought new charges against a West Roxbury man, his wife, and the corporation of which they and their eldest son are the sole employees, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced today.

The grand jury on March 21 returned indictments charging STEVEN PALLADINO (D.O.B. 9/11/57), LORI PALLADINO (D.O.B. 2/17/61), and VIKING FINANCIAL GROUP with one count of larceny over $250 for allegedly taking money from additional, previously-uncharged victims and one count of uttering for allegedly forging an investor’s name on a check that allowed them to move victims’ money into a personal bank account. more »


Mar 27, 2013

BOSTON, March 27, 2013—A Boston man will spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering 29-year-old Erica Field and trying to murder her boyfriend in a Dorchester parking lot, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

AMOS “ACE” DON (D.O.B. 3/11/86) was convicted yesterday and sentenced today for first-degree murder in Field’s Aug. 25, 2009, homicide. That crime carries a mandatory term of life in prison without the possibility of parole, which was imposed by Suffolk Superior Court Judge Christine McEvoy this morning. more »


Mar 27, 2013

BOSTON, March 27, 2013 – An Everett man was charged with murder and ordered held without bail in the stabbing death last month of 44-year-old Corey Thompson, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

CHRISTOPHER W. POWELL (D.O.B. 5/2/73) of Everett was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court this morning in Thompson’s stabbing death in the South End last month.  Judge Mark Hart Summerville ordered Powell held without bail at the request of Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin, chief of the DA’s Homicide unit. more »


Mar 27, 2013

BOSTON, March 26, 2013—An Everett man is in custody this evening, charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of Corey Thompson in Boston’s South End last month, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

CHRISTOPHER W. POWELL (D.O.B. 5/2/73) is expected to be arraigned tomorrow in the Boston Municipal Court. more »


Mar 27, 2013

BOSTON, March 26, 2013 – The man who killed a 29-year-old woman from Lewiston, Maine, and shot a second victim in the head in 2009 has been found guilty of murder, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury deliberated for one day before finding AMOS “ACE” DON (D.O.B. 3/11/86) of Dorchester guilty of murder in the first degree in the shooting death of Erica Field, as well as aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed assault with intent to murder, and illegal possession of a firearm in the non-fatal shooting of the woman’s boyfriend. more »


Mar 22, 2013

BOSTON, March 22, 2013—A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted a Lancaster man of robbing one woman at gunpoint and taking part in the attempted robbery of another in Dorchester incidents that were just minutes apart, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

After a two-day trial, jurors convicted AL MARTIN (D.O.B. 1/21/77) of armed assault with intent to rob and armed robbery for crimes against two women in the early morning hours of July 20, 2010. Martin was not charged with unlawful possession of a firearm because at the time of the incident he possessed a valid license to carry the firearm used in the two incidents. more »


Mar 20, 2013

BOSTON, March 20, 2013—A Cambridge man was arraigned today after MBTA Transit Police worked with the woman he allegedly assaulted to identify him on a train they often rode together, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

BASHIR SHAIKH (D.O.B. 3/1/50) was charged today with indecent assault and battery for the incident at Downtown Crossing station last week. Assistant District Attorney Michael V. Glennon recommended that Shaikh be held on $1500 cash bail and be ordered to stay away from the victim and off of the Red Line. Boston Municipal Court Judge Thomas Horgan imposed $1000 bail, ordered Shaikh to stay away from the victim, and ordered him to stay off of the MBTA while his case is pending. more »


Mar 20, 2013

BOSTON, March 20, 2013—Jury selection has begun for the trial of a man accused of murder in the 1988 strangulation death of 20-year-old Janet Phinney in West Roxbury.

Thirteen jurors have been seated and three more remain to be empanelled for the trial of MICHAEL COKER (D.O.B. 7/3/62), formerly of Hyde Park. Coker is charged with first-degree murder. more »


Mar 19, 2013

BOSTON, March 19, 2013—Two Rhode Island men were arraigned today for allegedly passing counterfeit bills at the bar of a downtown hotel, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

FELIX PEREZ (D.O.B. 4/5/89) of Providence and DANA LEYLAND (D.O.B. 7/5/83) of Pawtucket were arraigned today in the Boston municipal Court on one count each of possessing counterfeit notes and uttering counterfeit currency. Leyland is additionally charged with providing a false name to arresting Boston Police officers – apparently because of outstanding warrants for related offenses. more »


Mar 19, 2013

BOSTON, March 19, 2013—State Police assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office are investigating a woman’s death last night near a rail yard in the City of Boston.

The Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit responded to the area of the Beacon Park Rail Yard shortly before midnight, finding the woman’s remains on the tracks beneath Route 90 eastbound. She has been identified as a 29-year-old New Hampshire woman but her name is not being released at this time. more »


Mar 18, 2013

BOSTON, March 18, 2013—A West Roxbury man is expected this afternoon in Suffolk Superior Court and his wife is scheduled to appear next month on charges that they ran a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme and used investors’ funds to pay for their own lavish lifestyle, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis announced today.

Boston Police detectives began the investigation last year.  On March 13, the Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against STEVEN PALLADINO (D.O.B. 9/11/57) and LORI PALLADINO (D.O.B. 2/17/61), charging the couple  with four counts of larceny over $250, three counts of making false entries in corporate books, one count of uttering, and three counts of usury, commonly referred to as loan sharking. Steven Palladino is also charged as a common and notorious thief based on more than two dozen prior larceny convictions in Suffolk Superior and Norfolk Superior courts. more »


Mar 15, 2013

BOSTON, March 14, 2013—Jury selection has begun and opening statements could come as early as today in the trial of a Boston man charged with the slaying of 29-year-old Erica Field, a Lewiston, Maine, woman found shot to death in a Dorchester parking lot.

AMOS “ACE” DON (D.O.B. 3/11/86) is charged with first-degree murder for Field’s death, as well as armed assault with intent to murder and aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for allegedly shooting her boyfriend in the head during the 2009 incident. more »


Mar 12, 2013

BOSTON, March 12, 2013—A Braintree man was arraigned yesterday for allegedly firing at one man and shooting a second last week as part of an ongoing feud between two rival street gangs, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

PAUL WALROND (D.O.B. 8/9/90) was formally charged yesterday in Roxbury District Court with two counts each of armed assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building for incidents on March 7 and 8. He was also charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle for the March 8 incident. Because of prior convictions for assault and battery, Walrond is charged as a Level III armed career criminal. Because the firearm believed to have been used in both incidents had been reported stolen, he is also charged with receiving stolen property. more »


Mar 12, 2013

BOSTON, March 12, 2013—A Dorchester man was arraigned yesterday after MBTA Transit Police stopped him for driving erratically and found an empty bottle of cognac and an unregistered firearm in his vehicle, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MICHAEL A. JONES (D.O.B. 6/5/71) was arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, operating under the influence of alcohol, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. more »


Mar 8, 2013

BOSTON, March 8, 2013—A Suffolk Superior Court jury returned verdicts today convicting a man of armed assault with intent to murder for a near-fatal stabbing at a Boston homeless shelter, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Jurors also found GARY BLACK (D.O.B. 4/28/79) guilty of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for repeatedly stabbing a homeless man in the leg, chest, back, and face during the May 28, 2009, incident at the St. Francis House shelter in Boston’s Chinatown. more »


Mar 8, 2013

BOSTON, March 8, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s chief homicide prosecutor was inducted last week into one of the nation’s premier legal associations.

Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin, chief of the DA’s Homicide Unit since 2008, was named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers at a March 2 ceremony in Naples, Florida. Present for the ceremony were about 600 of the nation’s most outstanding attorneys. more »


Mar 7, 2013

BOSTON, March 7, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today led a State House auditorium full of men in a pledge to take a stand against violence against women as part of an annual statewide campaign.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley (center, at podium) leads the Massachusetts State House’s Gardner Auditorium in a pledge “to be part of the solution in ending violence against women.” Conley co-chaired this year’s campaign, organized by Jane Doe, Inc., to involve men in the effort to stop sexual and domestic violence.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley (center, at podium) leads the Massachusetts State House’s Gardner Auditorium in a pledge “to be part of the solution in ending violence against women.” Conley co-chaired this year’s campaign, organized by Jane Doe, Inc., to involve men in the effort to stop sexual and domestic violence.

Conley co-chaired this year’s Massachusetts White Ribbon Day campaign, launched in 2008 by Jane Doe, Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. Jane Doe Inc. adopted the White Ribbon Campaign because, while cases of sexual and domestic violence can involve victims and offenders from every walk of life, men have a unique role to play in ending male violence against women.

“Far and away, most men will tell you honestly that they’d never hit a woman,” Conley said to a crowd at the State House’s Gardner Auditorium this afternoon. “But that’s not enough in an age when boys and young men are bombarded with imagery that encourages aggressive and dominating behavior toward their partners. We need to take an active role in discouraging that behavior whenever and wherever we see it. So I want to say this to all the young men here today: You don’t have to limit yourself to a stereotype. You can show strength in your relationships without showing violence. You can show commitment to your partner without using control. And you can be a man without ever hurting a woman.” more »


Mar 6, 2013

BOSTON, March 6, 2013—An Everett man allegedly admitted to firing the shots that killed 21-year-old Elder Morales in Chelsea last night. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said today.

JONATHAN CASTRO (D.O.B. 7/30/90), a.k.a. JONATHAN CASTRO SALA, a.k.a. MANUEL CASTRO, a.k.a. MANUEL JONATHAN CASTRO MENJIVAR was arraigned on a murder charge today in Chelsea District Court. Granting a request by Assistant District Attorney Mark Zanini, Judge Martine Carroll ordered Castro held without bail. more »


Mar 6, 2013

BOSTON, March 6, 2013—The Suffolk County Grand Jury yesterday returned an indictment charging a South Boston man with murder for allegedly causing a fellow inmate’s death while beating him late last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The indictment charges LESLIE JURCZUK (D.O.B. 10/15/61) with second-degree murder for the Dec. 2, 2012, homicide of 25-year-old Alexander Callahan of West Roxbury. At the time of Callahan’s death, both men were serving sentences at the Suffolk County House of Corrections at South Bay. Jurczuk was serving a two-and-a-half-year term for domestic assault and battery, while Callahan was serving one year for assault. more »


Mar 6, 2013

BOSTON, March 6, 2013—A Quincy man whose alleged robbery get-up aroused the suspicions of two separate bank tellers was arraigned yesterday on charges he robbed one South Boston bank just minutes after his attempt across the street was foiled, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

PATRICK HENNESSEY (D.O.B. 10/9/81) was arraigned in South Boston District Court yesterday on one count each of unarmed robbery and attempted unarmed robbery for the incidents late last month.  more »


Mar 6, 2013

BOSTON, March 6, 2013—An Everett man is in custody for last night’s fatal shooting in Chelsea, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes announced.

JONATHAN CASTRO SALA, 22, is charged with murder. He is expected to be arraigned in Chelsea District Court today for the homicide of a man in his 20s on Blossom Street. The victim has been tentatively identified but his name is not being released at this time. more »


Mar 5, 2013

Arrest Follows Incident at Courthouse; Defendant on Probation for Possessing 12 Firearms

BOSTON, March 5, 2013—A Chelsea man on probation for multiple gun convictions and free on bail for allegedly bringing live ammunition into a Boston courthouse was arrested on Revere Beach with an illegal firearm and other weapons on Friday – the very same day he was released from custody, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JACK LINDSEY (D.O.B. 2/2/47) was arraigned yesterday in Chelsea District Court on charges of unlawful firearm possession as a fourth or subsequent offense, unlawful possession of ammunition as a subsequent offense, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a dangerous weapon as a fourth offense, and possessing a knife in violation of a Revere city ordinance.  more »


Mar 4, 2013

BOSTON, March 4, 2013—Six men were held on high bails today at their arraignments on gun and drug charges, including one man with a pending gun charge whose earlier drug charges were dismissed because the assigned chemist is under investigation, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Dorchester District Court Judge James Coffey imposed $200,000 cash bail for: more »


Mar 4, 2013

BOSTON, March 4, 2013—A Lynn man with a history of violent and firearm-related charges was ordered held on high bail at his arraignment today on firearm and other charges, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

EUGENE DAVIS (D.O.B. 1/10/71) of Lynn was arraigned in Chelsea District Court today on charges of illegal firearm possession, illegal firearm possession as a third or subsequent offense, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.  more »


Mar 4, 2013

BOSTON, March 4, 2013—A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted a former MBTA bus driver of lying to MBTA Transit Police by saying she’d been shot at by an unknown assailant five years ago, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Jurors convicted NANCY L. PARKER (D.O.B. 10/12/58) of misleading an investigator, a felony under the state’s witness intimidation statute, for the 2007 incident aboard an MBTA bus. She faces up to 10 years behind bars when she is sentenced later this week. more »


Mar 4, 2013

BOSTON, March 4, 2013—An Abington man was arraigned Friday on charges he was driving under the influence of drugs and without a license when he struck two children on a crosswalk in Dorchester, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

MICHAEL DUCA (10/23/84) was arraigned on charges of operating after suspension, operating under the influence of drugs, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle at his Dorchester District Court arraignment.  Assistant District Attorney Caitlin Grasso requested bail be set at $2,000 and that his bail be revoked in two open cases out of Plymouth District Court and a third case out of Quincy District Court, each of which charge Duca with operating after suspension.  She additionally requested that Duca be required to abstain from drugs and alcohol and be subject to random urine tests. more »


Mar 4, 2013

BOSTON, March 1, 2013—Two men were ordered held without bail today following their arraignments for the shooting death of 26-year-old Courtney Jackson at the Dudley MBTA station last night, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JAMEL BANNISTER (D.O.B. 10/7/90) of Dorchester and BRIAN COOPER (D.O.B. 1/19/88) of Mattapan are both charged with murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the incident at about 9:50 last night. more »


Feb 25, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 25, 2013—A Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted a Dorchester man of breaking into a West Roxbury resident’s car and trying to steal a GPS device, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DENNIS J. WINSLOW (D.O.B. 5/1/64) was indicted for larceny under $250 and breaking and entering into a vehicle at night with intent to commit a felony. Jurors Thursday convicted him of larceny and breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanor. more »


Feb 22, 2013

Feb 21, 2013

Good afternoon.  My name is Dan Conley.  I’m the District Attorney for Suffolk County and Vice-president of the Massachusetts District Attorney’s Association.

In the weeks leading up to today’s hearing, I spoke to many members of the Boston and Suffolk County delegations and listened to the advice they had to offer.  “When the DA’s come to the budget hearings, you always talk about the same things.  Everyone knows you think your prosecutors are underpaid and have too many cases.  You have to talk about something else.  And don’t compare your budgets to CPCS.  People don’t like to hear that.  You have to talk about you.”

While this advice was undoubtedly meant well, I have come to the conclusion that it was kind of like a yoga instructor twisting your body into a pretzel and then telling you to keep your back flat. more »


Feb 21, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 21, 2013—A Winthrop man got the maximum penalty for his eighth drunk driving conviction and a lengthy term of probation for trying to swing a bench at the State trooper who arrested him, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F., Conley said today.

JOSEPH F. LIMONE (D.O.B. 6/18/51) was convicted Feb. 15 of operating under the influence as a fifth or subsequent offense, assault with a dangerous weapon, and malicious destruction of property, a misdemeanor. Assistant District Attorney David Bradley of the DA’s Senior Trial Unit recommended a total of eight to 10 years in prison, with two consecutive terms of four to five years. more »


Feb 21, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 21, 2013—A Boston man was sentenced to up to four years in prison last week after a trial in which the victim chose not to testify against the man who beat her, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

After a three-day trial, a Suffolk Superior Court jury on Feb. 12 convicted DENVILLE BEMBRIDGE (D.O.B. 5/12/74) of aggravated assault and battery for beating the victim, a family member, in his home on March 7, 2012. The victim suffered serious facial injuries, including the loss of several teeth. more »


Feb 20, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 20, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s annual Basketball for Peace tournament tomorrow will feature appearances by members of the Boston City Council and Boston School Committee, a UMass Boston vice chancellor and basketball hall-of-famer, a Boston Police detective, a former head of the City’s street worker program, and Suffolk County’s senior advocate for the victims of violent crime.

They, along with former Boston Celtics guard Dana Barros, will take to the parquet at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Dorchester on Thursday for Conley’s annual youth basketball games, which bring city teens together with Suffolk County prosecutors, victim advocates, civilian investigators, and support staff. Also on hand will be local police, non-profit groups, and social service providers. more »


Feb 20, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 15, 2013—A Mattapan man was held on high bail at his arraignment yesterday after he was arrested with a firearm during a traffic stop, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ANTHONY DAVIS (D.O.B. 3/13/82) was arraigned in Dorchester District Court yesterday on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm as a third offense, unlawful possession of ammunition possession as a subsequent offense, and carrying a loaded firearm without a license. more »


Feb 19, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 19, 2013—A Mattapan man was held on high bail today at his arraignment for allegedly possessing a handgun recovered by Boston Police responding to a nearby homicide, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

OSMELL ODENA (D.O.B. 1/25/91) was arraigned at Dorchester District Court today on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm.  Assistant District Attorney Darcy Kofol requested Odena that be held on $100,000 cash bail and that his earlier bail be revoked on an unrelated case charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon.  Kofol additionally requested that Odena be ordered to stay away and have no contact with any witnesses in the case.  Judge Rosalind Miller granted each of the requests. more »


Feb 15, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 15, 2013—A Winthrop man was convicted of his eighth drunk driving offense today for a 2011 incident in which he failed every single field sobriety test, then kicked out one of the windows of the arresting State trooper’s cruiser, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted JOSEPH F. LIMONE (D.O.B. 6/18/51) of operating under the influence, assault with a dangerous weapon, and malicious destruction of property after a two-day trial. In a separate proceeding later this afternoon, Judge Raymond Brassard found that Limone was the same defendant previously convicted of OUI on seven prior occasions. more »


Feb 15, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 15, 2013—An employee at a Copley Square market allegedly stabbed a customer in the abdomen last night, causing life-threatening injuries, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MICHAEL L. GUESS (D.O.B. 8/27/63), a.k.a. RICHARD THOMAS, of Dorchester was arraigned today in the Boston Municipal Court on one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for last night’s incident near the intersection of Boylston and Gloucester streets in Boston’s Back Bay. more »


Feb 15, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 15, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today announced that his review of the 2011 police-involved shooting of a domestic violence suspect is complete, and that criminal charges are not warranted.

Those findings end the investigation into the June 14, 2011, incident on Wentworth Terrace that ultimately claimed the life of TYRONE CUMMINGS (D.O.B. 8/27/85), who assaulted and threatened to kill a 29-year-old woman pregnant with his unborn child, then opened fire on Boston Police responding to a subsequent 911 call. more »


Feb 14, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 14, 2013—A Dorchester man was sentenced to life in prison today after he admitted to shooting his girlfriend, 21-year-old Alessa Castellon, to death in a 2011 act of deadly domestic violence.

JUNIOR FERNANDES (D.O.B. 5/5/89) today pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and unlawful firearm possession in the July 24, 2011, shooting death of 21-year-old Alessa Castellon of Dorchester.

Judge Linda Giles imposed the mandatory sentence for second-degree murder, life in state prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years. That sentence will run from and after a sentence of four years that Giles imposed on the firearm charge. more »


Feb 14, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 14, 2013—A Winthrop man was ordered to surrender his passport and stay away from children under 18 after his arraignment on child pornography charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

In addition to those orders, Assistant District Attorney Janine D’Amico recommended $25,000 cash bail for WILLIAM KROTT III (D.O.B. 10/29/82) in today’s proceedings in East Boston District Court. Judge Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., imposed bail of $3,000 – the amount Krott posted after his arrest by Winthrop and State police yesterday. more »


Feb 14, 2013

The internet has drastically changed the way we interact with the world. No longer can we “keep an eye” on kids, even in our own homes. Because most children spend hours online every day, we must learn about their internet and device activity and figure out how it works.

Internet Safety

DA Conley speaks to students from the Eliot K-8 School and St. John School in Boston.

Want to learn more?  Visit DA Conley’s CyberPeace Facebook page and follow us on Twitter!

The CyberPeace Program is an internet safety and anti-cyberbully effort led by District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. Our staff members visit schools and programs in the Suffolk County area to discuss these important topics affecting our families. There are several versions of this training and they are based on audience type. Below is a short summary of each version of our training.

CyberPeace for Students

Websites, videogames, smartphones and more. Kids are often plugged in and need to know the best ways to stay safe and recognize potential risks. This program will teach kids, ages eight and up, about online and electronic safety.

Our student program focuses on several things. First, why keeping personal information private is so important. Many students have grown up without the concept of privacy. We must show them what can happen when you overshare online. We discuss the consequences as they relate to strangers, online acquaintances, and peers alike. We review real life cases so that students may learn from other youths who have had experience in the criminal justice system, either as victim or offender. The program aims to teach students:

Risks of CyberActivity and Tips for Safe Usage (click to enlarge)

Risks of CyberActivity and Tips for Safe Usage (click to enlarge)

*How to safely use smartphones, games and gadgets

*How to use social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more) wisely and protect their personal information

*What not to send or share and why, from comments to photos and videos

*How cyberbullying happens

*What to do when online problems arise

 

 

 

 

 

CyberPeace for Parents

Imagine this:

You are the parent of three kids. It is a weeknight. You are cooking dinner for your family. Your spouse or significant other is paying bills with the family laptop in the living room. One of your daughters is babysitting and has the kids at a park, your son is at soccer practice, and your youngest child is in the living room watching TV with her iphone on her lap.

Parents' Flyer 1 (click to enlarge)

Parents’ Flyer 1 (click to enlarge)

Which one do you think is the least safe? Which one do you think has the greatest chance of meeting an adult with questionable motives? Which one may be giving away personal information that puts him/her at risk?Unbelievably, the one who is connected online, has the greatest risk of getting into a potentially dangerous situation. Even when physically close to you, kids may be connecting with strangers who are on their way to becoming “friends.”

Most adults and kids use Facebook and Twitter very differently. Kids use the apps and talk in code. Kids embed videos and photos within their chats. Kids access these sites on their phones and are on them much of the day. If you understand the most common uses and risks, you can help keep your kids from making mistakes which lead to problems. You can talk to them without sounding out of touch. It may seem a little overwhelming but it is worth the effort. Once you have mastered the ins and outs tween/ teen technology, you will be on your way to meaningful conversations and greater safety for the kids in your life.

Parents' Flyer 2 (click to enlarge)

Parents’ Flyer 2 (click to enlarge)

CyberPeace for Professionals

This program is similar to the parent training but is geared toward professionals who work with young people and their families.

Do you know what oovoo is? Have you heard about the stories with Omegle? What do LMS, TBH and HMU mean? Go on a teen’s facebook page and you will probably see many posts with these codes. If we cannot speak their language, how can we effectively speak to them about the risks they are taking? And how can we help families protect and communicate with their kids? The first step is learning yourself what is out there, how to use it, and how kids use it. Both adult programs include examples of conversation starters to help spark meaningful conversations with youngsters.

If you are interested in hosting this program, please contact cybersafe@massmail.state.ma.us.

 

 

Downloads:

Anti-Bullying Law Guide for Guardians

Anti-Bullying Law Guide for Guardians (click to enlarge)

 

 

Curious about the apps and website kids are using?  Take a look at this summary.

Curious about the apps and website your kids are using? Take a look at this summary (click to enlarge).


Feb 14, 2013

As the elder population continues to grow, crimes against elders are likely to continue to increase in number and complexity. District Attorney Conley recognizes the specific issues and concerns that elder and disabled victims face in addition to the physical, psychological and emotional harm that all victims can suffer.  more »


Feb 14, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 13, 2013—Winthrop Police detectives and State Police assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office today arrested a Winthrop man for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography.

WILLIAM A. KROTT III (D.O.B. 10/29/82) is expected to be arraigned tomorrow in East Boston District Court. more »


Feb 14, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 13, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley is asking romantics everywhere to contact their legislators on Valentine’s Day in support of proposed legislation that would protect victims of domestic violence and enhance penalties for serial abusers.

“This Valentine’s Day, I’m calling on my legislators to support An Act Relative to Domestic Abuse and Public Safety on behalf of my wife or husband, boyfriend or girlfriend, mother or daughter, father or son,” reads the statement Conley posted on his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SuffolkDA.DanConley, today. The statement is hosted on his website at www.suffolkdistrictattorney.com/uncategorized/5681 and can be sent as an email attachment or printed and sent through the mail to Massachusetts lawmakers. more »


Feb 14, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 12, 2013—Five Massport employees were arrested today for allegedly taking bribes from taxi drivers in exchange for preferential – and illegal – treatment at Logan Airport’s cab stands, officials announced today.

Massachusetts State Police Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, and Massport CEO and Executive Director Thomas P. Glynn announced the arrests of:

1. KENNETH CLEMENT (D.O.B. 1/24/46) of Attleboro,
2. MICHAEL GARVEY (D.O.B. 5/18/61) of Melrose,
3. VADIM MKRTYCHEV (D.O.B. 2/20/75) of West Roxbury,
4. JAMES MULREY (D.O.B. 10/27/67) of Canton, and
5. DONALD POTTS (D.O.B. 7/24/65) of Medford.

All five defendants are employed as Ground Transportation Unit agents, known colloquially as “cab starters.” They are each charged with accepting a corrupt gift under Chapter 268A, Section 2, of the Massachusetts General Laws. Additional defendants could be charged in the weeks ahead, authorities said. more »


Feb 14, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 12, 2013—The state’s highest court today affirmed the 2008 murder conviction of a man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend’s new companion in the heart during a fight, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

HASSAUN HARRIS, (D.O.B. 7/6/74) was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2006 stabbing death of 28-year-old Jeff Igbineweka of Roslindale during a fight at a Cleary Square D’Angelo’s. The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld that conviction. more »


Feb 14, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 11, 2013—A Chelsea man was arraigned last week on drug trafficking charges after local, state, and federal investigators recovered about $10,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine from a Valentine’s-themed package sent to his home, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

LAWRENCE LIGOCKI (D.O.B. 6/23/50) was arraigned Thursday in Chelsea District Court on charges of trafficking in a Class B substance and possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute. The charges reflect almost 100 grams of the drug recovered from a teddy bear in a package Ligocki accepted and a smaller amount recovered from his Willard Street home. more »


Feb 12, 2013

This Valentine’s Day, show love for your partner by supporting safety in all relationships.

I’m calling on the Legislature to support An Act Relative to Domestic Abuse and Public Safety, which protects the victims of intimate partner violence and enhances penalties for serial abusers. I’m also asking you to join me: You can open, print, sign, and send this letter to your legislator, or you can save it and send it as an attachment to an email. If you need help finding your legislator, visit www.WhereDoIVoteMA.com.

–District Attorney Dan Conley

To download, click here: HD2774Support


Feb 11, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 8, 2013—An alleged gang member was held without bail today for allegedly opening fire on a group of men, including 40-year-old Kelvin Rowell, who suffered a fatal asthma attack while fleeing the shots, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MICHAEL “FRESH” STALLINGS (D.O.B. 3/31/89) of Dorchester was indicted Jan. 31 and arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of first-degree murder for allegedly causing Rowell’s 2012 death, armed assault with intent to murder for allegedly firing on two other men who survived, and unlawful possession of a firearm.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Julie Higgins, Suffolk Superior Court Clerk Magistrate Gary Wilson ordered Stallings held without bail. more »


Feb 11, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 8, 2013—Prosecutors today resolved the remaining 24 cases stemming from a protracted 2011 protest on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, including five that were previously scheduled to go to trial next week, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Paperwork formally terminating prosecution in those cases was filed this morning in the Boston Municipal Court after the defendants – who had been offered similar dispositions shortly after their October 2011 and December 2011 arrests but insisted upon criminal trials, only to file motions to dismiss the charges – completed more than a year of abiding by certain restrictions imposed by the court during their arraignments at prosecutors’ request. The defendants had been charged with unlawful assembly, trespassing, or both. more »


Feb 5, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 5, 2013—A convicted bank robber scheduled for trial next week on domestic violence charges is now charged with violently raping two women in separate but very similar scenarios this past weekend, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

TIKEE BEVERLY (D.O.B. 1/15/76) of Roxbury was arraigned today on two complaints charging a total of three counts of rape for incidents on the morning of Feb. 2 and Feb. 3. Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Corke recommended that he be held on a total of $200,000 cash bail, that he be ordered to stay away from the victims and witnesses in the case, and that the victim’s names and personal information be kept confidential. Roxbury District Court Judge David Poole imposed a total of $60,000 cash bail and all recommended orders. Beverly was represented by attorney Sandra Odiaga. more »


Feb 5, 2013

Boston, Feb. 5, 2012—A Lynn man allegedly tried to absolve his three friends of their role in the theft of a Revere resident’s bumper, and found himself even deeper in trouble when Revere Police found almost $600 in counterfeit cash on him, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

PHALLEEN KIM (D.O.B. 8/13/90) of Lynn was arraigned Thursday in Chelsea District Court on charges of larceny over $250, possession of burglarious tools, malicious damage of a motor vehicle, and possession of counterfeit notes. Assistant District Attorney Thomas Ozbolt requested that Kim be held on $2,000 bail, that his bail on an open case out of Norfolk County be revoked, and that he be ordered to stay away from three co-defendants in the case. Judge Joseph Jennings revoked Kim’s open bail, ordered him held on $500 bail, and granted the stay away order. more »


Feb 5, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 5, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley yesterday joined US Senator Elizabeth Warren, State Representative Ruth B. Balser, and Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins to support the reauthorization of federal legislation supporting the victims of sexual assault and intimate partner violence.casamyrna2013

The rally for the Violence Against Women Act was held yesterday at Casa Myrna in Boston’s South End to encourage Congress to pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, legislation co-sponsored by Warren.

The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 was groundbreaking federal legislation that provided increased resources dedicated to preventing and responding to acts of violence against women. It was reauthorized in 2000 and again in 2005 before expiring in 2011.

“We’ve made great strides in reducing violence against women and intimate partner violence since VAWA was first passed,” Conley said, “but much more remains to be done and we can’t allow this issue to be ignored. Domestic violence and sexual assault aren’t just law enforcement issues. They’re issues of public health and public policy.”

The event was hosted by Casa Myrna, which offers comprehensive programs for the victims of domestic and dating violence. In addition to operating the statewide SafeLink hotline at 877-785-2020, Casa Myrna provides residential programs, education, and public awareness in the greater Boston area.

As district attorney – and as a Suffolk prosecutor before that – Conley has dedicated himself to reducing and preventing crimes of sexual violence. He is a co-chair of this year’s Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign, which encourages men to take an active role in ending domestic and sexual violence by pledging not to commit, condone, or remain silent on acts of violence against women. More recently, he helped draft proposed legislation that would enhance penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders and specifically target assault by strangulation, which has a high correlation with homicide and attempted homicide.

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Feb 5, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 4, 2013—A Roxbury man was arrested with a stolen handgun after his friend caught the eye of Boston Police by drinking a bottle of beer from a brown paper bag, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DAJUAN ROBINSON (D.O.B. 12/11/89) was arraigned today in Roxbury District Court, where Judge Pamela Dashiell imposed the $10,000 cash bail recommended by Assistant District Attorney Thomas Costello. He was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, and receiving stolen property. more »


Feb 5, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 30, 2013 – A Chelsea man has been sentenced to life in prison for the unprovoked killing of another man in Chelsea, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

SANTOS PORTILLO (D.O.B. 7/4/90), convicted on Friday of murder in the second degree and illegal firearm possession, today received the mandatory sentence life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years, and a concurrent sentence of 4 ½ to 5 years in prison for illegally possessing the firearm that he used to fatally shoot Braulio Gomez of Chelsea on July 16, 2011. more »


Feb 5, 2013

Boston, Jan. 28, 2013 – A Roxbury man was charged today with abusing an infant and the child’s mother, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

STEVEN VELASQUEZ (D.O.B. 5/27/93) was arraigned in South Boston District Court on three separate dockets charging him with four counts of assault and battery on a child causing injury and two counts of assault and battery. Assistant District Attorney David Newton requested Velasquez be held on $101,000 bail and be ordered to stay away from the victims. He also asked that Velasquez’s bail be revoked on an open case out of Boston Municipal Court in which he is charged with larceny from a person. more »


Feb 5, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 25, 2013—A Winthrop man was sentenced to life in prison today after a jury found him guilty of murdering 36-year-old Casey Taylor, whose badly decomposed body was found under a porch more than a week after the 2011 slaying, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Jurors found JOHN LACOY (D.O.B. 2/9/64) guilty of the indicted charge of second-degree murder for stabbing Taylor once in the heart inside Lacoy’s bedroom at 429 Winthrop St. on July 31, 2011. Taylor’s body was discovered on Aug. 9 after neighbors reported an overpowering odor coming from beneath the porch of Lacoy’s building. more »


Jan 25, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 25, 2013—A man who participated in the robbery and home invasion that preceded the murders of four people but did not play a part in the killings themselves was sentenced to a term of almost 20 years in prison today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KIMANI WASHINGTON (D.O.B. 10/17/75) pleaded guilty to a six-count indictment charging him with home invasion, armed robbery, armed carjacking, unlawful possession of a firearm, trafficking in a Class B substance, and possession of a Class D substance. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Christine McEvoy sentenced Washington to a term of 16 to 18 years in state prison. more »


Jan 25, 2013

Boston, Jan. 25, 2013—A self-proclaimed member of the MS-13 street gang was convicted today of second-degree murder today in the unprovoked shooting death of 38-year-old Braulio Gomez in the summer of 2011, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Jurors deliberated for just over two days before finding SANTOS PORTILLO (D.O.B. 7/4/90) of Chelsea guilty of murder in the second degree and illegal firearm possession. more »


Jan 24, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 24, 2013—Three women accused of robbing a Revere convenience store at knife point were arraigned last week, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KERRY JENKINS (11/19/76), a homeless woman from Revere, was arraigned in Chelsea District Court on Jan. 17 on a charge of armed robbery, and HEATHER HARPER (D.O.B. 11/3/89) of Dedham and NICOLE THAIN (D.O.B. 2/22/83) of Boston were arraigned on the same charge the next day. more »


Jan 23, 2013

Evidence Suggests Accident; Victim Still in Critical

BOSTON, Jan. 23, 2012—A city street worker was held on $50,000 cash bail yesterday after his girlfriend suffered a gunshot wound to her head from an unregistered firearm that had an extended magazine and an obliterated serial number, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today. more »


Jan 18, 2013

Excel 1BOSTON, Jan. 18, 2013—Four students at East Boston’s Excel Charter School had lunch with Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and toured Boston’s central courthouse yesterday in recognition of their winning essays on the topic of being safe and kind online.

Fifth-graders Alex, Bella, Ry, and Tony were among more than 20 students to write essays on the lessons they learned as part of an internet safety and anti-bullying program led by Conley and directed by Director of Youth Safety and Outreach Jacquelyn Lamont.

“Selecting four top essays was a tough decision, but these four really crystallized what it means for kids to be safe and kind online,” Conley said. “This is an important message for young people in the 21st century. They, their classmates, and their parents should be proud of this accomplishment.”

Joined by Dean of Fifth and Sixth Grade Students Ben Ure, the youngsters dined on pizza with Conley and Lamont at the DA’s downtown offices, then toured the Boston Municipal Court, where they met Judge Sally Kelly. Kelly allowed them the rare privilege of taking the bench, and Court Officer Roberta Alexopoulos demonstrated security techniques used to keep the building safe for everyone inside.

“We hear stories of cyberbullying, online enticement, and other disturbing events involving kids and computers,” Conley said. “But every day, Suffolk County’s young people are making smart decisions that keep themselves and their friends safe. I want to recognize and praise them as the leaders they really are.” more »


Jan 17, 2013

Boston, Jan. 17, 2013—A Dorchester man was ordered held on high bail on charges he coerced a teenage girl into prostitution and viciously beat her when she said she wanted to stop, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MICHAEL McKOY (D.O.B. 4/27/85) was arraigned in Roxbury District Court yesterday on charges of trafficking of a person for sexual servitude, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and threatening to commit a crime. Assistant District Attorney Joseph Roseme requested McKoy be held on $50,000, stay away and have no contact with the victim or witnesses, and be subject to GPS monitoring and a curfew. Judge Franco Gobourne imposed the requested bail and stay-away order but denied the request for monitoring and curfew. more »


Jan 17, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 15, 2012—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today delivered the following remarks on Operation Concord, a long-term, interagency investigation targeting the Woodward and Hendry street gangs. more »


Jan 16, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 15, 2012—Twenty-eight-year-old Shawn Ray Taylor was unarmed when he was shot dead in the course of a physical altercation last month, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

Taylor’s alleged killer, ANDREW BRITT (D.O.B. 3/24/94) of Dorchester, was arraigned in Roxbury District Court today on charges of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with Taylor’s Dec. 11, 2012, shooting death at 37 Copeland St. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Masai King, Judge Kenneth Fiandaca ordered Britt held without bail. more »


Jan 16, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 16, 2012—The murder conviction in the fatal 2006 strangulation of 19-year-old Dominique Samuels will remain in place, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said, praising the efforts of homicide and appellate prosecutors in the case against her killer.

“Dominique’s life was snuffed out by one man, one vicious man who would do anything to avoid accountability for his actions,” Conley said. “Today, the Appeals Court affirmed his conviction for murder and denied him a new trial. The evidence was strong, the case was tried expertly, and justice was done for a young woman taken too soon. I’m very proud of the men and women who fought so hard on her behalf.” more »


Jan 16, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 15, 2013—A South Boston man convicted nine times of operating under the influence will remain behind bars at least until later this week, when prosecutors will seek to have him held without bail as a threat to the community, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

TIMOTHY DAVIDSON (D.O.B. 7/20/61) of South Boston was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court yesterday on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol as a fifth or subsequent offense, operating after suspension, and leaving the scene of an accident causing property damage. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Michael Glennon, Judge Tracy-Lee Lyons ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on Jan. 18. more »


Jan 14, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 14, 2012—A Weymouth man is now the target of an arrest warrant after he apparently fled the arraignment session of Dorchester District Court, where he was to face charges that he bought a bag of heroin and then fled Boston Police officers as they approached his car, dragging one down Columbia Road, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Judge Robert Baylor issued a bench warrant for ERIC J. NELSON (D.O.B. 5/12/66) after Nelson failed to appear during his arraignment today. Nelson posted $1,000 cash bail set by the bail commissioner after his arrest yesterday morning, appeared in court today, and spoke with an attorney and probation officer; when his case was called, however, he was not present in the courthouse. more »


Jan 10, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 10, 2013—A Roxbury man with a history of violent offenses was held on high bail yesterday after he was arrested with crack cocaine and a handgun with an obliterated serial number during a traffic stop, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SILAS RANKINS (D.O.B. 11/27/79) was arraigned in Roxbury District Court after his arrest early yesterday on charges of carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a Class B substance, and resisting arrest. Rankins, who has prior convictions for armed assault with intent to murder and assault with a dangerous weapon in 2001 and for firearm possession in 1999 and 2000, was additionally charged with unlawfully carrying a firearm as a third offense and as a Level II armed career criminal. more »


Jan 9, 2013

Gun Owner Licensed to Possess Firearms, but Three Were Stored Improperly

BOSTON, Jan. 9, 2013—Two Dorchester men were held on half a million dollars’ cash bail each after prosecutors said they were arrested with a shotgun, an AK-47, seven handguns, more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, and a large quantity of cocaine, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

AMILCAR CASTILLO (D.O.B. 8/3/67) and ESTUARDO-RAFAEL CASTILLO-GUZMAN (D.O.B. 12/6/69) were arraigned today in Dorchester District Court following their arrests yesterday by Boston Police executing a search warrant at their Rill Street residence. more »


Jan 9, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 9, 2013—The state’s highest court today affirmed the convictions of two men in an armed home invasion that lead to the murders of 20-year-old roommates Roland Chow and Karen Young in their Mission Hill apartment, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the 2006 convictions of TERRANCE BROWN (D.O.B. 7/12/81) and NATHAN RIVERA (D.O.B. 5/19/81) on two counts of first-degree murder for the 2001 homicides, two counts of armed assault in a dwelling, and single counts of armed home invasion, and unlawful possession of a firearm. Rivera was additionally convicted of armed assault with intent to murder attempting to shoot a third roommate after running out of ammunition. more »


Jan 8, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 3, 2013—The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the conviction of a gang member convicted in the 2007 shooting death of 22-year-old Chiara Levin, calling the evidence of his gang affiliation important to jurors’ understanding of the facts and his motive, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CASIMIRO BARROS (D.O.B. 6/10/86) of Roxbury was convicted in 2008 of voluntary manslaughter in Levin’s fatal shooting on March 24, 2007, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for injuring his intended target, MANUEL “SPANK” ANDRADE (D.O.B. 10/30/73) of Dorchester, during the same gunfight. The Appeals Court affirmed each of the convictions. more »


Jan 4, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 4, 2012— A former union official convicted of stealing more than $100,000 from funds contributed by his fellow union members was sentenced to jail time today – the second such sentence handed down in thefts from that organization, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Dec. 19 convicted JOHN HORAN (D.O.B. 7/16/54) of two counts of larceny over $250 by scheme for the theft of $105,812.53 from Local 600 of the Office and Professional Employees International Union while Horan served as its president. more »


Jan 3, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 3, 2012—A Boston Police officer responded so quickly to a report of a stolen credit card being used that he was able to apprehend the suspect with more than $2,000 in fraudulently-purchased merchandise outside a Back Bay retail store, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KATHRYN P. JEMMETT (D.O.B. 3/23/67) of the Fenway was arraigned today in the Boston Municipal Court on charges of receiving stolen property and credit card fraud over $250. Judge Tracy-Lee Lyons imposed $500 cash bail. more »


Jan 2, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 2, 2012—A tipster’s 911 call led to the seizure of a semiautomatic mini-rifle and four dozen rounds of ammunition from a man with no license to possess either, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ALEXIS A. LABOY (D.O.B. 11/17/88) of South Boston was arraigned today for unlawful possession of a Calico M-100 and 48 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition. South Boston District Court Judge Michael Bolden imposed $20,000 cash bail. more »


Jan 2, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 2, 2013—A man whose conviction for the murder of Aston Dwayne Thompson was overturned last year by the state’s highest court pleaded guilty today in the 2003 slaying, accepting a 15-year prison term and likely deportation upon his release, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

LINROSE WOODBINE (D.O.B. 9/21/76) pleaded guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition in connection with the Dec. 15, 2003, fatal shooting of the 28-year-old Thompson, who had left the Wales Street apartment where he and some friends were celebrating his birthday. more »


Jan 2, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 2, 2013—A Brighton man is charged with murder for allegedly stabbing 21-year-old Anthony Spaulding to death during a New Year’s Eve party at the victim’s Allston home, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

BRIAN MacDONALD (D.O.B. 4/7/88) was arraigned on that charge today in Brighton District Court, where Assistant District Attorney Holly Broadbent recommended that he be held without bail. Judge David T. Donnelly set bail at $500,000 cash. more »