Press Releases from 2013
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 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 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 »