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