Press Releases from 2016
Jan 29, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 29, 2016—A Dorchester man was sentenced to life in prison today after a jury yesterday convicted him of murdering 25-year-old Mariano Malave, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CHARLES REDDICKS (D.O.B. 4/20/94), convicted yesterday of second-degree murder and firearm charges in Malave’s 2012 shooting death, faced sentencing this morning before Suffolk Superior Court Judge Linda Giles.  Giles imposed the mandatory sentence for murder two of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years, with concurrent sentences of five years on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm followed by one day on a count of carrying a loaded firearm.  Assistant District Attorney Greg Henning of the DA’s Senior Trial Unit had asked that the sentences be imposed consecutive to the life sentence. more »


Jan 28, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 28, 2016—A Dorchester man faces a life term tomorrow when he is sentenced for shooting 25-year-old Mariano Malave to death during a marijuana sale in Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted CHARLES REDDICKS (D.O.B. 4/20/94) of second-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm today after more than a week of testimony and about two days of deliberations. Jurors acquitted Reddicks of an additional charge of armed robbery. more »


Jan 28, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 28, 2016—Three men who murdered 16-year-old Terrance Jacobs nine years ago in retaliation for an earlier stabbing will not receive a new trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

A Massachusetts Appeals Court panel today issued a decision upholding the second-degree murder convictions of PEDRO ORTIZ (D.O.B. 8/8/79) and TERRANCE PABON (D.O.B. 1/22/90), both of Dorchester, and MARKEESE MITCHELL (D.O.B. 4/9/91) of Brockton.  A fourth man, PAUL GOODE (D.O.B. 1/9/83) of Dorchester, who was also convicted of second-degree murder for his role in Jacob’s 2007 killing, was not party to the appeal.  All four men were found guilty at the conclusion of a joint trial in 2010. more »


Jan 27, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 27, 2016—A Weymouth man was arraigned today on charges he used his position as trusted employee to steal laptops from a Boston financial services company, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DONALD UGGIANO (D.O.B. 7/5/62) was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court today on two counts of larceny over $250 and a single count of larceny over $250 by a single scheme.  Clerk Magistrate Edward Curley released Uggiano on his own recognizance. more »


Jan 27, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 27, 2016—More than a decade after he took Julaine Jules’ life in a crime of domestic violence, the longtime suspect in her homicide pleaded guilty to murder and accepted a life sentence, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

During a hearing this morning in Suffolk Superior Court, SHABAZZ AUGUSTINE (D.O.B. 2/19/79) waived all his appellate rights and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for luring Jules to his home, asphyxiating her, dumping her body in the Charles River, and setting fire to her car near the Malden/Revere line. Judge Jeffrey Locke imposed the mandatory sentence for that offense, life in prison with the possibility of a parole hearing after 15 years. more »


Jan 26, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 26, 2016— An accused career criminal was arraigned yesterday after allegedly admitting that he used a screwdriver to start the stolen car he was driving, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SAMSON SCOTT (D.O.B. 4/13/55), who provided the address of a Boston homeless facility as his residence, was charged in Roxbury Municipal Court yesterday with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, operating with a suspended license, and unlawful possession of ammunition. In light of prior convictions for assault and battery on a police officer in 2005, distribution of a Class A substance in 2004, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in 1997, and other offenses, he is charged as a Level III armed career criminal. more »


Jan 21, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 21, 2015—A Dorchester man was sentenced to jail time today and a second man was placed under house arrest after a jury convicted them of an unprovoked, bias-motivated 2014 attack, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Tuesday convicted STEVEN SUDLER (D.O.B. 5/14/77) of assault and battery to intimidate causing injury and violating his victim’s civil rights while causing injury; jurors found him not guilty of an additional charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  The same jury found DAVID GUANTE (D.O.B. 4/17/90) guilty of assault and battery to intimidate causing injury but acquitted him of violating the victim’s civil rights. more »


Jan 20, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 20, 2016—An Appeals Court panel today ruled that a man who admitted to carrying crack cocaine cannot withdraw his plea simply because a disgraced former chemist tested the drugs months after the plea was entered, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

In an unpublished decision issued today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled that a West Roxbury Municipal Court judge erred in allowing SAQUAN GORMAN (D.O.B. 5/4/91) to withdraw his 2008 plea to a charge of possession of a Class B substance based solely on the grounds that, well after Gorman pleaded guilty, the drugs were tested by Annie Dookhan, the former Department of Public Health chemist whose mishandling of drug evidence came to light in 2012. more »


Jan 19, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 19, 2016—A Brighton Municipal Court jury today convicted the driver that caused a massive crash on the Arborway, leaving one of his passengers and the driver of a second vehicle with life-changing injuries, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Jurors convicted NIKOLAS PAPADOPOULOS (D.O.B. 4/8/95) of negligent operation of a motor vehicle for the Sept. 6, 2013, collision near the end of their first day of deliberations. Sentencing was scheduled for Feb. 3. Papadopoulos faces a maximum of two years behind bars. more »


Jan 15, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 15, 2016— A Chelsea man pleaded guilty today to his role in the 2013 assault that ended in the shooting death of Elder Morales Aldana in Chelsea — the third of three defendants to do so and the first to offer an apology for his actions, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ERICK ROMERO (D.O.B. 7/2/98) of Chelsea today pleaded guilty to manslaughter and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon for his role in the incident in which Morales was killed and a second man assaulted.  Though he was 14 years old at the time of the homicide, Suffolk prosecutors in 2013 indicted Romero as a youthful offender, opening his case to the public; he has been behind bars since that time. more »


Jan 15, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 15, 2016— Members of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office will present an online training seminar focused on the office’s groundbreaking photo exhibit, “Now You See: A Celebration of Courageous Kids,” recognizing the courage of child abuse survivors and encouraging others to speak, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

The upcoming training webinar, hosted by the National Criminal Justice Training Center, will take place from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20.  Conley’s director of youth safety and outreach and forensic interviewer, Jacquelyn Lamont, who created the photo exhibit, will lead the webinar alongside Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Keeley, chief of the DA’s Human Trafficking Unit, who prosecuted several of the cases featured in the project. more »


Jan 13, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 13, 2016— A Dorchester woman was arraigned today in connection with the hit-and-run crash that killed 78-year-old Silvia Acosta, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JAIDYS PIMENTAL-PENA (D.O.B. 3/2/91) was arraigned today in West Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation and leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury or death.  Judge Mary Ann Driscoll set bail in the amount of $1,000 and ordered Pimental-Pena not to drive for the pendency of the case. more »


Jan 13, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 13, 2016—A former MBTA Transit Police officer was taken into custody following her arraignment today for allegedly using excessive force during an arrest and then lying in reports documenting the incident, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JENNIFER GARVEY (D.O.B. 9/28/82) of Wilmington was held on the $1000 cash bail recommended by Assistant District Attorney Michele Granda, chief of Conley’s Special Prosecutions Unit, following her Suffolk Superior Court arraignment on charges of causing injury while violating a person’s civil rights, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and two counts of filing a false report. more »


Jan 11, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 11, 2016—A convicted felon on probation after a prison sentence and being sought for selling cocaine opened fire on a Boston Police officer, hitting him, before being tackled and taken into custody, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said after the man’s arraignment today.

GRANT HEADLEY (D.O.B. 6/28/88) of Dorchester was arraigned in Dorchester Municipal Court on two sets of charges: distribution of a Class B substance as a second or subsequent offense for a Jan. 5 incident, and unlawful possession of a firearm as a second or subsequent offense, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and armed assault with intent to murder for the Jan. 8 incident that injured a member of the Boston Police Drug Control Unit. more »


Jan 11, 2016

Leaves Intact State Court Ruling that Warrant Not Necessary for Testing on Lawfully Seized Evidence

 

BOSTON, Jan. 11, 2016—The nation’s highest court has declined to review the appeal of a Chelsea man convicted in part through DNA evidence, letting stand a Massachusetts court ruling that a warrant is not necessary for investigators to perform DNA testing of lawfully seized evidence, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

The Supreme Court of the United States on Friday denied a petition for review filed on behalf of MANUEL ARZOLA (D.O.B. 9/25/68), who was convicted in 2012 of stabbing another man in Chelsea. Among the evidence at trial was a bloodstain on Arzola’s shirt, which was lawfully seized at the time of his arrest; that stain was subjected to DNA testing that revealed the blood had come from the victim. more »


Jan 6, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 6, 2015—The man who shot 17-year-old Evens Archer to death two summers ago admitted his guilt as his trial was set to begin, Suffolk County District attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

JOHNNIE BONNIE (D.O.B. 6/28/92) of Jamaica Plain pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the June 29, 2014, shooting that claimed Archer’s life about three weeks later. He faces a 20-year prison term when he is sentenced tomorrow, with that term to start only after his current imprisonment on an unrelated 2015 gun conviction is complete. more »


Jan 4, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 4, 2016—A Waltham man was arraigned last week on heroin trafficking and gun charges after he was arrested amid a drug investigation  at a downtown hotel, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

WENDY JOSEPH (D.O.B. 11/14/92) was arraigned Thursday in Boston Municipal Court on charges of heroin trafficking, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition.  Assistant District Attorney Patrick Leeman of the DA’s Gun Prosecution Task Force requested bail of $100,000 and orders that Joseph wear a GPS monitor, remain under house arrest, surrender his passport, and remain within Massachusetts in the event he is released on bail.  Judge Robert McKenna imposed $2,500 bail and ordered Joseph to submit to GPS monitoring and a curfew if released.  He additionally ordered that Joseph be held for transport to Waltham District Court on a probation matter.  According to prosecutors, Joseph is currently on probation out of that court on a 2015 conviction for assault and battery. more »