BOSTON, Oct. 20, 2014—A Fall River man was held on $10,000 cash bail today after his arrest on sexual assault charges by Boston Police detectives investigating an incident in the North End early on Saturday morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
WAGNER NIETO (D.O.B. 8/10/78) was arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault with intent to rape and indecent assault and battery. Assistant District Attorney Erica Brody requested bail of $15,000; Judge Tracey-Lee Lyons imposed the lower amount but ordered that Nieto wear a GPS monitoring device if he posts it. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 20, 2014—A Domestic Violence Awareness Month event raised more than $2,000 to support the city’s largest provider of services to survivors of domestic violence, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
Wednesday night’s benefit for Casa Myrna Vazquez generated $2,272 in ticket sales and raffle purchases. The event was organized by Christine Berardino and Kerry Kolditz of the DA’s Victim Witness Assistance Program to ensure that survivors have access to Casa Myrna’s lifesaving services, which include shelter, housing assistance, financial literacy education, counseling, and legal advocacy to help them escape abusive households and achieve self-sufficiency. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 20, 2014—A former Dorchester funeral director was held on high bail at his Superior Court arraignment today on charges he stole nearly $150,000 from clients – and kept the remains of 12 human bodies in a storage facility for years after he had been entrusted to fulfill their final wishes, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
JOSEPH V. O’DONNELL (D.O.B. 9/10/58) was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on the following charges: more »
BOSTON, Oct. 20, 2014—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes today identified the victims in this weekend’s homicides and renewed their call for the public’s assistance in both investigations.
Catherine Gomez, 35, was inside a Shawmut Street residence when she was struck by a bullet fired outside the building at about 12:05 on Saturday morning. She died at the scene. Based on the evidence developed thus far, investigators do not believe she was the intended target but was struck by an errant round fired during an altercation between two groups on the street. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 17, 2014—A Roxbury man was arraigned yesterday on firearm charges after his arrest in Mozart Park by Boston Police officers on patrol in the wake of a non-fatal shooting, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
EMMANUEL PENA (D.O.B. 3/26/96) was arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and carrying a loaded firearm. Assistant District Attorney Caitlin Fitzgerald requested bail of $10,000 and that Pena be ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device, abide by a curfew, and stay away from the area where the offense occurred. Judge Kenneth Fiandaca imposed $5,000 bail and all the requested conditions. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 16, 2014—A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted a drunk driver in the 2012 death of Doan Bui in Dorchester, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
Jurors convicted MICHAEL AHERN (D.O.B. 12/23/65) of felony motor vehicle homicide for the Sept. 14, 2012, collision that killed Bui, 63, as Bui rode his bicycle home from a late night fishing trip. In reaching that verdict, jurors found that Ahern was impaired and negligent when he struck and killed Bui, rejecting the opportunity to convict the defendant of the lesser offense of misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide or find him guilty of driving drunk but not guilty of causing Bui’s death. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 15, 2014—In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley will host a fundraiser this evening to support the city’s largest provider of services to survivors of domestic violence.
Tonight’s event benefiting Casa Myrna Vazquez has been organized by members of the DA’s Victim Witness Assistance Program in order to ensure that victims in Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop have access to lifesaving services offered by Casa Myrna – including shelter, education, counseling, and legal advocacy to help victims escape abusive households and achieve self-sufficiency. In addition, Casa Myrna operates the SafeLink Hotline, the state’s only toll-free domestic violence hotline, which responds to nearly 30,000 calls each year. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 15, 2014— Two Brighton women appeared in court today on charges they stole nearly $200,000 in public benefits using the same “identity shifting” scheme that led to prior indictments for elder exploitation and doctor shopping, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
RANDI BERKOWITZ (D.O.B. 12/11/50) and PATRICIA DiGIACOMO (D.O.B. 1/18/56) were arraigned this morning in Suffolk Superior Court on two counts each of larceny by continuing scheme over $250 and one count each of receiving stolen property by continuing scheme. Assistant District Attorney Michele Granda of the DA’s Special Prosecutions Unit requested bail of $1,000 and orders that the women refrain from using aliases in the event they are released on bail. Clerk Magistrate Gary Wilson released both defendants on their own recognizance and imposed the same conditions of release that were imposed in the women’s prior cases – that they report weekly to probation and stay away and have no contact with the elderly victim of the earlier case. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 15, 2014—The man who allegedly stabbed two park rangers in the Boston Common yesterday was held on $1 million cash bail at his arraignment on attempted murder and related charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
Boston Municipal Court Judge Robert McKenna imposed that bail on BODIO HUTCHINSON (D.O.B. 8/6/80) at the request of Assistant District Attorney Lynn Feigenbaum. McKenna additionally ordered Hutchinson held without bail on warrants sought by probation officers when the defendant allegedly violated probationary terms imposed along with incarceration on prior convictions. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 14, 2014—Two dozen men and women have been charged with drug distribution offenses after a months-long undercover operation by Chelsea Police and State troopers targeting drug activity in Bellingham Square, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
The charges came as the result of Operation Crackdown – a three-month undercover investigation conducted by Chelsea Police, Everett Police, and State Police assigned to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office on the street and by Suffolk prosecutors in the Grand Jury to address residents’ concerns over street-level drug dealing and associated quality-of-life issues. Prosecutors assigned to the DA’s Narcotics Unit continued the investigation in the Grand Jury, securing indictments last week against several of the defendants. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 14, 2014—Six-year-old Destin Marcelin died after he was forcibly asphyxiated and the evidence points to his father, who committed suicide two days later, as the sole perpetrator, Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has declared the child’s Sept. 4 death to be the result of “homicidal asphyxia” by smothering, pressure on his neck or chest, or some combination of the two. After a thorough review of the evidence gathered since that time, police and prosecutors believe his father, Patrick Marcelin, 49, of Mattapan was responsible. Patrick Marcelin committed suicide on Sept. 6.
Because the sole suspect is deceased, and because no evidence suggests wrongdoing by any other person in connection with Destin Marcelin’s death, Conley and Evans stated that criminal charges would not be sought in the case.
“The facts and evidence tell us what happened, but we may never know why,” Conley said. “The tragedy here is only compounded by the fact that it offers no motive and no explanation. Our hearts and prayers are with Destin’s loved ones as they mourn his loss at such a young and innocent age.”
“The death of a child is always troubling,” Evans said “We express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of young Destin.”
Destin was found unresponsive in bed on the morning of what would have been his first day of school. He had spent the night with his father at the Devon Street home of relatives. Patrick Marcelin left the home at about 7:20 a.m., telling others in the household that Destin was sleeping. Another adult later found Destin in bed, felt him to be cold to the touch, and called 911. Boston EMS responded just after 9:30 a.m. with Boston Police and declared him dead at the scene.
Based on interviews with household and family members in the hours that followed, investigators began searching for Patrick Marcelin in order to interview him. For two days, he avoided them and his family, making statements in phone conversations that he intended to harm himself.
At about 4:15 p.m. on Sept. 6, Boston Police detectives pinpointed Patrick Marcelin’s location at the apartment of a friend on Morton Street in Mattapan. He opened the door for the detectives, but slashed at his wrists with a kitchen knife and stabbed himself in the chest despite their efforts to stop and disarm him. Detectives performed first aid and emergency medical technicians rushed him to Boston Medical Center, but he died of his injuries.
The medical evidence according to pathologists, other forensic evidence including video footage obtained during the investigation, credible accounts of other family members gathered through multiple interviews, and Patrick Marcelin’s own statements and behavior all implicate him as his son’s killer.
In addition to meeting with Destin’s mother to discuss their findings, police and prosecutors also notified the Department of Children and Families as a matter of course, though there was no evidence of abusive or criminal conduct by any other person.
All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
BOSTON, Oct. 14, 2014—Two Brighton women already charged with stealing more than $450,000 from a disabled, elderly neighbor have now been indicted for the theft of nearly $200,000 in Social Security and Medicare benefits, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
The indictments, returned late last month, charge RANDI BERKOWITZ (D.O.B. 12/11/50) and PATRICIA DiGIACOMO (D.O.B. 1/18/56) with two counts each of larceny by continuing scheme over $250 and one count each of receiving stolen property by continuing scheme. The charges reflect the payment of Social Security Disability Insurance and Medicare benefits based upon a false application filed by the two women in one of their names. It also reflects the payment of Supplemental Security Income benefits to both women for periods when neither was eligible. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 14, 2014—A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted the man who shot and killed 35-year-old Christopher Powell during a Chelsea drug robbery two years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
Jurors convicted MIGUEL FANTAUZZI (D.O.B. 7/89) of voluntary manslaughter and unlawful possession of a firearm for shooting Powell repeatedly inside a vehicle on Clark Avenue just after 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 27, 2012. Fantauzzi had been indicted for second-degree murder; jurors acquitted him of shooting at a second man, causing only a minor injury to that victim. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 14, 2014—The Dorchester man charged in the fatal June shooting of Craig Marriro was held without bail at his arraignment today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
DERRICK WOOD (D.O.B. 1/10/82) of Dorchester was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition. Wood has been held on $250,000 bail since his June 9 arraignment in Roxbury District Court on firearm charges; the firearm he was charged with possessing later proved to be a ballistic match to the one used to kill Marriro. Wood was ordered held without bail at the request of Assistant District Attorney David Bradley. more »
DA Alleges $150k Theft, Forgery of Vital Records, Improper Storage of 12 Human Bodies
BOSTON, Oct. 8, 2014—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today announced a sweeping, 278-count indictment charging a former funeral director from Mattapan with keeping a dozen decomposed human bodies in a storage facility, stealing almost $150,000 in funeral pre-payments, acting without a license in more than 200 funerals and cremations, and forging related records. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 6, 2014—A suspect in the June shooting death of Craig Marriro is expected to be arraigned next week after his indictment by the Suffolk County Grand Jury, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said.
DERRICK WOOD (D.O.B. 1/10/82) of Dorchester is charged with first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition. The indictments were returned on Aug. 26 and Wood is expected to be arraigned on Oct. 14. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 2, 2014—A Chicago man was sentenced to a year behind bars and must pay restitution to the MBTA after he was convicted yesterday of more than a dozen counts of vandalism targeting MBTA property, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
A Brighton Municipal Court jury yesterday convicted JOHN BIESIOT (D.O.B. 6/17/78) of 15 counts of vandalism in the three tagging incidents, which occurred in 2008 and 2010 at Codman Yard in Dorchester, Reservoir Yard in Brighton, and Alewife in Cambridge. He was found not guilty of vandalism charges stemming from additional incidents at Forest Hills and Orient Heights stations. Though the incidents occurred in various locations in Boston and surrounding cities, the cases were joined and tried together in Brighton court. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 2, 2014—A man was arraigned today after Boston Police observed him driving his Maserati 100 miles per hour near the scene where two pedestrians died in a crash caused by another negligent driver, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
ZEGUANG XU (D.O.B. 9/1/95) of Boston’s South End was arraigned this morning in Boston Municipal Court on charges of operating without a license, providing a false name to police, speeding, failure to stop, and negligent operation. He was released on $1,000 bail that he had posted after his arrest. more »
Boston, Sept. 24, 2014—The two men who fatally stabbed 58-year-old Richel Nova were sentenced to life in prison today and the woman who lured the pizza delivery man and doting father to his death received a lengthy prison term, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
ALEXANDER GALLETT (D.O.B. 4/28/92) of Hyde Park, MICHEL ST. JEAN (D.O.B. 8/3/90) of Hyde Park, and YAMILEY MATHURIN (D.O.B. 2/25/93) of Mattapan were sentenced today in Suffolk Superior Court, one day after a jury found Gallett and St. Jean guilty of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony. Mathurin, who was 17 and thus a juvenile at the time of the murder, pleaded guilty to the crime of manslaughter for her role in setting up the crime, as well as armed robbery and breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony on Sept. 8 as jury selection for their trial was underway. more »
Boston, Sept. 23, 2014— A woman who refused to testify before the Suffolk County Grand Jury as it investigated a murder allegedly committed by a family member pleaded guilty to criminal contempt of court today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
TANYA SINGLETON (D.O.B. 11/17/75) of Bristol, Connecticut, admitted that she refused to testify when called before the grand jury in September of 2013. Singleton had been granted an order of immunity that would have allowed her to testify regarding a vehicle that was used in the 2012 murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston’s South End. more »