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 »
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 »
BOSTON, June 14, 2013—A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted two Roxbury men of murdering 25-year-old Derrick Barnes as he sat on the porch of his family’s 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »