Press Releases from 2013
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 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. more »


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. more »


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 »