Press Releases from 2011
Dec 30, 2011

A robbery suspect inadvertently set the stage for his own arrest when he allegedly stole a delivery driver’s GPS-enabled iPhone during the second of two robberies, then sold it to an electronics store with a video surveillance camera, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DEONTE P. CURRY (D.O.B. 5/6/91) of Everett was arraigned yesterday in Dorchester District Court on two separate dockets charging him with armed robbery. Both robberies targeted pizza deliverymen called to the area of 110 Monsignor Lydon Way earlier this month. more »


Dec 28, 2011

A Chelsea man is behind bars today for allegedly kicking a pregnant woman and stabbing another rival so badly that the man needed more than 93 staples to close a wound on his back, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MIGUEL A. RODRIGUEZ (D.O.B. 8/8/92) was arraigned yesterday in Chelsea District Court on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, and two counts of aggravated assault and battery. more »


Dec 27, 2011

A Roslindale man was today sentenced to serve five years in jail after he admitted that he was under the influence of alcohol when he struck and killed 23-year-old Andrew Prior in a collision on Tremont Street before fleeing the scene, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

COLIN RATIU (D.O.B. 11/27/87) pleaded guilty to one count each of motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol, and leaving the scene of an accident causing death for his role in the Nov. 14, 2010 collision. more »


Dec 27, 2011

A former director of the Revere Public Library and a former administrative clerk for the City of Boston’s Veterans’ Services Department both admitted to stealing from their employers in separate proceedings today in the Suffolk Superior Court, and were each ordered to pay restitution to the respective cities of Revere and Boston, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ROBERT RICE (D.O.B. 5/5/65) of Rowley pleaded guilty to three counts of embezzlement and 15 counts of procurement fraud for using city funds to purchase items he kept himself or sold online from 2005 until his resignation in 2009. During that time, he was alleged to have stolen in excess of $200K. more »


Dec 22, 2011

The Suffolk County Grand Jury late yesterday returned indictments charging five Dorchester men in connection with the Sept. 25, 2011 shooting death of a 16-year-old boy and the non-fatal shooting of his 14-year-old friend on Geneva Avenue, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The indictments each charge SHELDON MATTIS (D.O.B. 1/22/93) and NYASANI WATT (D.O.B. 10/5/93), with first-degree murder, armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, unlawful possession of a firearm, and carrying a loaded firearm. Watt was additionally indicted on a second charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, and possession of a large capacity feeding device for a handgun he had on him at the time of his arrest on November 3. more »


Dec 21, 2011

The Suffolk County Grand Jury this afternoon returned indictments charging two Mattapan men with the July homicides of 24-year-old Billie Kee and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Kevin Thomas, in their Hyde Park apartment, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The indictments charge MICHAEL T. CORBIN (D.O.B. 11/10/78) and EARL FULGIAM (D.O.B. 4/14/80), with two counts each of first-degree murder and armed robbery, and one count each of unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded weapon, and unlawful possession of a large capacity feeding device, all in connection with the July 26 shooting deaths. more »


Dec 20, 2011

The Suffolk County Grand Jury late today returned a nine-count indictment charging a Dorchester youth with the October homicide of 36-year-old Ciaran Conneely on Nahant Avenue, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The indictments charge JOHN GRAHAM, 17, with first-degree murder, armed assault with intent to rob, and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with Conneely’s Oct. 10 shooting death.

The indictments additionally charge Graham with two counts of armed assault with intent to rob and single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm for an Oct. 30 incident in which Graham allegedly shot two adult men during the course of an attempted robbery on Monsignor Lydon Way.

Boston Police arrested Graham on Nov. 6 for the later incident; he is currently held on $100,000 cash bail on that case. In light of evidence developed during the non-fatal shooting investigation, Boston Police homicide detectives continued to gather information – including information presented to the grand jury in the days and weeks that followed – leading to today’s indictments.

Graham has not been formally arrested for Conneely’s slaying, but a warrant has been entered and he will remain in custody until he is arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court. An arraignment date has not yet been scheduled. No further information will be released this evening.


Dec 20, 2011

An Allston man’s frustration over vermin in his Franklin Street apartment building landed him in Brighton District Court today on charges that he fired an unlicensed rifle at the rats in the halls, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

WILLIAM McABEE (D.O.B. 8/16/54) was arraigned for unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling. Judge Kenneth V. Desmond set his bail at $2,500. more »


Dec 20, 2011

A Roxbury woman will serve at least 15 months behind bars for lying to the Suffolk County Grand Jury as it investigated the 2007 shooting death of 13-year-old Luis Gerena, Jr., District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

Conley’s office recommended that DESTINY GUNN (D.O.B. 9/2/89) serve five years in state prison following her Nov. 8 admission to the crime of perjury. Today, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Raymond Brassard sentenced her to two and a half years in a house of correction, with 15 months to serve up front and the balance suspended for a three-year probationary term. more »


Dec 20, 2011

A Tewksbury man remains hospitalized today after his alleged assailant was arraigned on attempted murder charges stemming from the weekend incident in Revere, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JAMAAL ANDRADE (D.O.B. 6/10/83) of Swampscott was charged yesterday in Chelsea District Court, where Assistant District Attorney Andrew Miller recommended bail of $75,000. Judge James Wexler set bail at $5,000. more »


Dec 16, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley is asking lawmakers to close a loophole in the statute that currently forbids sexual contact between inmates and corrections officers but places no restrictions on court officers and other officials.

Conley took that step today after securing the indictment of MICHAEL J. RUBINO, 35, of Braintree on a list of charges related to sexual activity between himself and two female defendants at the Boston Municipal Court between 2010 and 2011. Rubino was additionally charged with lying to Boston Police detectives investigating that alleged misconduct. more »


Dec 16, 2011

A teacher’s assistant has been ordered to stay away from the Harbor Pilot Middle School in Dorchester after his arraignment for alleged improper activity with a child there this week, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

LaSHAWN HILL (D.O.B. 3/10/78) of Dorchester was formally charged today with lewd and lascivious conduct, a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in a house of correction. The charge stems from an incident Monday afternoon at the school. more »


Dec 16, 2011

Victim-witness advocates from Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office will bring a bounty of toys to the families of crime victims this holiday season after amassing a record number of donations to their annual toy drive.

2011 Toy Drive

Victim-witness advocates Tim Munzert and Anne Kelley-McCarthy prepare dozens of toys, games, and other gifts to be delivered to families affected by homicide and other violent crimes. The goodies were donated by members of Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office as part of their annual toy drive.

Dozens upon dozens of gifts poured into donation boxes at Conley’s nine district court offices and downtown headquarters this week after one seasoned victim advocate sent out an impassioned plea in light of a slow start to the DA’s annual toy drive, organized by VWAs Katherine Moran, Tim Munzert, and Jennifer Sears. more »


Dec 15, 2011

The East Boston man who summoned Luis Raul Rodriguez out of his Central Avenue home for a fistfight, only to shoot him dead, was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Jurors convicted JONATHAN CARVALHO (D.O.B. 10/29/89) after about a day and a half of deliberations following seven days of testimony about Rodriguez’ Aug. 10, 2010, shooting death. Under the mandatory sentence imposed by Judge Regina Quinlan, he will be eligible for parole after 15 years. more »


Dec 15, 2011

The region’s largest utility workers’ union today joined Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley to make the holiday season a little brighter for the surviving family members of homicide victims.

Survivors of Homicide Victims Breakfast 2011

Members of Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 deliver frozen turkeys to every family at Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley’s annual breakfast for homicide victims’ families.

Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 brought 30 frozen turkeys to Conley’s annual breakfast for homicide survivors this morning. The low-key event reunites survivors with prosecutors, victim advocates, investigators, and others who worked on their cases. more »


Dec 15, 2011

After a comprehensive review of the evidence, Suffolk County prosecutors today terminated the criminal case against JULIAN EDELMAN, arrested outside a downtown nightclub in the early morning hours of Nov. 1.

“After a thorough investigation of this case by the Boston Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit … the Commonwealth has concluded that it would not be able to meet its burden at trial of proving each of the elements of indecent assault and battery beyond a reasonable doubt,” prosecutors wrote in a nolle prosequi – a legal document withdrawing prosecution – filed in court this morning, well in advance of Edelman’s first scheduled court date on Jan. 10. more »


Dec 15, 2011

The region’s largest utility workers’ union is teaming up with Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley to make the holiday season a little brighter for the surviving family members of homicide victims.

Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 will deliver about 30 turkeys and hams to Conley’s annual breakfast for homicide survivors this morning. The annual breakfast brings survivors together with prosecutors, victim advocates, investigators, and others who worked on their cases.
“Each year we host an informal gathering of parents, siblings, spouses and others affected by homicide,” Conley said. “These are folks we’ve built a relationship with over a period of many years. So when Local 369 reached out to see how they could help the families who need it most, we knew exactly who to connect them with.” more »


Dec 14, 2011

The Dorchester man convicted of gunning down 17-year-old Thomas Webb was sentenced to life in prison today, but not before the slain youth’s family mourned his loss in Suffolk Superior Court, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A jury convicted ELBERT NEWSON (D.O.B. 12/9/88) of first-degree murder and unlawful firearm possession today, just over a week after his trial on those charges began. Judge Christine McEvoy imposed the mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. more »


Dec 13, 2011

Sixteen men and women arrested at Dewey Square early Saturday morning accepted Suffolk County prosecutors’ offers of pre-trial probation today, with an additional group of eight individuals demanding criminal proceedings in the Boston Municipal Court.

Of those 16 defendants, a dozen were charged with trespassing and resisting arrest. All were male and most were residents of Boston, with one man being homeless and three residing in Brookline, Hanson, and Whitman. In light of their acceptance of responsibility and the passive nature of their resistance to Boston Police, the resisting arrest charges were dismissed and their arraignments were continued for one year. more »


Dec 13, 2011

A Boston University student from Canada was ordered to surrender his passport to Massachusetts authorities after allegedly sexually assaulting a female student at a university dormitory this weekend, Suffolk county District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

COREY TRIVINO (D.O.B. 1/12/90) was arraigned yesterday in Brighton District Court on charges that he forced his way into a female student’s room at 10 Buick St. and repeatedly groped her late Sunday night. more »


Dec 9, 2011

Rosanna Camilo, who came to Boston to seek medical care for her young child, was sexually assaulted and strangled to death by a neighbor at her Mattapan apartment building, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

ELDRICK D. BROOM (D.O.B. 4/7/84) of Roxbury was arraigned today on charges of murder and aggravated rape for Camilo’s Nov. 21 homicide. Prosecutors recommended that he be held without bail on the murder charge and that his open bail on an unrelated assault and battery charge be revoked; Judge Robert Baylor granted the former request but delayed action on the latter until Jan. 31. more »


Dec 9, 2011

A Roxbury man is under arrest this morning for the homicide of Rosanna Camilo in her Fairlawn Avenue apartment last month, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

ELDRICK D. BROOM (D.O.B. 4/7/84) faces arraignment on a murder charge today in Dorchester District Court. Boston Police homicide detectives took Broom into custody last night amid the ongoing investigation into Camilo’s death. more »


Dec 8, 2011

A notorious confidence man admitted his guilt in court yesterday, accepting a state prison sentence and agreeing to leave Massachusetts after his release rather than face trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DAVID WILLIAMS (D.O.B. 11/12/63), a.k.a. RAY DIAMOND, RUDY DIAMOND, and RUBY DIAMOND, of Dorchester pleaded guilty to a total of 25 indictments charging larceny and uttering for scamming almost a dozen people out of cash amounts up to $1,000 between October and December of last year. more »


Dec 5, 2011

Luis Raul Rodriguez was shot to death after agreeing to a “fair fight” with a rival outside his Chelsea home last year, Suffolk County prosecutors said as his alleged killer’s trial opened today.

JONATHAN CARVALHO (D.O.B. 10/29/89) of East Boston is charged with first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm for Rodriguez’ Aug. 10, 2010, shooting death on Central Avenue. more »


Dec 5, 2011

One of Thomas Webb’s last living acts was to pet a dog in the company of his friends, a Suffolk County homicide prosecutor told a Superior Court jury today.

Assistant District Attorney David Fredette of DA Daniel F. Conley’s Homicide Unit said Webb, 17, was killed in front of 923 Parker St. on the night of Sept. 15, 2008, and that ELBERT NEWSON (D.O.B. 12/9/88) was one of the men responsible. more »


Dec 5, 2011

A Dorchester teen is behind bars today after allegedly robbing a disabled woman of her iPad at gunpoint last month while out on bail for an unrelated offense, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The 16-YEAR-OLD MALE, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile, was arraigned Friday in West Roxbury District Court on an armed robbery charge stemming from the Nov. 19 incident in Hyde Park. Assistant District Attorney Caitlin Grasso recommended $10,000 cash bail and asked that his open bail on a Cambridge larceny case be revoked. Juvenile Court Judge Garrett McManus granted both of those requests. more »


Dec 5, 2011

Two Suffolk County homicide trials are expected to begin today, one with opening statements and one with jury selection.

ELBERT NEWSON (D.O.B. 12/9/88) of Dorchester is charged with first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Thomas Webb. Webb was shot repeatedly on Parker Street near the Bromley Heath housing development on the night of Sept. 15, 2008, and died of his injuries at Boston Medical Center a short time later. more »


Dec 1, 2011

Prosecutors from Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said today that DNA evidence implicated a South Boston man in the murder of 65-year-old Barbara Tagen, who had accused the man of stealing her prescription pills.

ADAM J. CASSINO (D.O.B 5/9/86) remains held without bail following his indictment for first-degree murder in her slaying. Suffolk Superior Court Clerk Magistrate Gary D. Wilson set a trial date of Nov. 26, 2012. more »


Dec 1, 2011

State Police detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office are asking witnesses to come forward as they investigate last week’s motor vehicle fatality in the Tip O’Neill Tunnel.

Witness Vehicle 1

Witness Vehicle 1

Investigators want to speak with the occupants of two vehicles that were in close proximity to the collision that claimed the life of a 74-year-old Somerville man on the morning of Nov. 25. They stressed that detectives are only looking for information those witness might have in order to ensure the most thorough investigation possible. more »


Dec 1, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office yesterday convinced a judge that a seven-time drunk driver recently arrested for the same offense is too dangerous to release on bail.

Acting under Ch. 276, Sect. 58A, of the Massachusetts General Laws, Chelsea District Court Judge James Wexler ordered ALBERT DIAZ (D.O.B. 8/16/59) of East Boston held without bail for up to 90 days pending trial. The state’s so-called “dangerousness statute” allows a judge to detain defendants accused of certain crimes upon “clear and convincing evidence that no conditions of release will reasonably assure the safety of any other person or the community.” more »


Nov 30, 2011

Two Hungarian nationals were held without bail at their arraignments today on larceny charges stemming from an online scam in which vehicles – some fictitious and some belonging to unwitting victims – were put up for auction without their knowledge or permission, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Goldberger of Conley’s Special Prosecutions Unit recommended that ZSOLT LENDVAI (D.O.B. 12/13/85) and ENIKO SOMODI (D.O.B. 1/12/82) be held on $1 million cash bail each, given their apparent access to large amounts of cash and multiple passports from different countries. more »


Nov 30, 2011

The $75,000 cash bail imposed at a Utah man’s arraignment for possessing child pornography will remain in place for now, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

GRANT D. SMITH (D.O.B. 5/28/64) of Cottonwood Heights sought to have that amount lowered at a bail review in Suffolk Superior Court this afternoon. Wearing orange scrubs, Smith appeared via videolink from the Nashua Street Jail, where he has been held since his arraignment Monday in East Boston District Court.
Smith’s attorney, Patrick Murphy, asked Judge Carol Ball to reduce his bail under Chapter 276, Sect. 58A(7), of the Massachusetts General Laws. That statute allows a defendant held on bail in district court to petition a superior court judge to reduce his or her bail. more »


Nov 29, 2011

The family of slain mechanic Charles Cantave watched through tears today as one of his killers pleaded guilty to murdering him after a small claims court hearing over auto parts, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CORNELIUS EVANS (D.O.B. 6/19/75) of Dorchester pleaded guilty to second-degree murder this afternoon for his role in Cantave’s March 29, 2010, shooting death a block and a half from Dorchester District Court. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Frank Gaziano imposed the mandatory sentence for that crime, life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years. more »


Nov 29, 2011

Two former officials in an MBTA employees union have been indicted for larceny and related offenses for allegedly overpaying themselves from union funds, with one additionally accused of failing to pay taxes on his inflated income, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury on Nov. 10 indicted JOHN HORAN (D.O.B. 7/16/64) of Spencer on two counts of larceny over $250 by scheme and BRIAN SHEEHY (D.O.B. 7/26/69) of Quincy on three counts of larceny over $250, two counts of filing a false tax return, and three counts of filing a false tax return. more »


Nov 28, 2011

A Dorchester man was charged with a variety of offenses – including possession of a stun gun – after Boston Police arrested him and his Stoughton companion for a violent purse snatching on Massasoit Street Saturday morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

NATHANIEL WEBSTER (D.O.B. 1/29/79) and TAMEIKA DUNBAR (D.O.B. 8/13/82) were arraigned in West Roxbury District Court today on charges of armed robbery and assault and battery. Webster was additionally charged with possession of an electric stun gun and resisting arrest; Dunbar was additionally charged with failing to stop for police. more »


Nov 28, 2011

A Utah man arrested Saturday at Logan International Airport was held on high bail following his arraignment for allegedly possessing child pornography, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

Assistant District Attorney Erik Bennett of Conley’s East Boston District Court staff recommended that GRANT D. SMITH (D.O.B. 5/28/64) of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, be held on $150,000 cash bail; Judge Kenneth V. Desmond imposed bail of $75,000. more »


Nov 25, 2011

A Boston Municipal Court judge today barred a Framingham woman from Dewey Square after she allegedly interfered with a domestic violence investigation at the Occupy Boston encampment, failed to appear in court, and assaulted Boston Police officers as they arrested her on a default warrant.

JADE ANDERSON (D.O.B. 12/11/91) was arraigned this morning on two separate complaints charging her with disorderly conduct and multiple assault-related offenses. Judge Eleanor Coe Sinnott set a total of $850 cash bail and ordered her to stay away from the scene of the incidents and any other Occupy Boston activities within the City of Boston. more »


Nov 23, 2011

A Beverly woman was arraigned today on attempted murder charges for allegedly pouring gasoline on an apartment building’s porch and setting it alight earlier this year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SYRETTA COPELAND (D.O.B. 7/9/80) is also charged with arson and causing injury to a firefighter for the Sept. 10 blaze at 130 Devon St., which caused about $185,000 in damages to that building, an adjacent building, and two parked cars. more »


Nov 22, 2011

One of two men charged with a serious 2006 stabbing pleaded guilty yesterday rather than face trial for the incident that nearly killed a 25-year-old South Boston man, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ROBERT GLAVIN (D.O.B. 7/16/82) of Boston admitted to aggravated assault and battery for his role in the Sept. 11, 2006, incident near the corner of I Street and East 7th Street. Assistant District Attorney Philip O’Brien recommended that he serve four to five years in state prison; Suffolk Superior Court Judge Carol Ball sentenced him to a term of two to three and a half years. more »


Nov 22, 2011

A Woburn man with multiple drunk driving convictions and a suspended license is being held without bail pending a hearing tomorrow that could keep him behind bars until trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

At the time of his Boston Municipal Court arraignment last week, THOMAS D. McCUE (D.O.B. 7/11/69) had four convictions for operating under the influence of alcohol in Woburn, Roxbury, and Charlestown dating back to 1992. When he was charged Friday with a fifth, Assistant District Attorney Janine D’Amico moved to have him held without bail pending a hearing tomorrow under the state’s so-called “dangerousness statute.” Judge Annette Forde imposed that order. more »


Nov 21, 2011

An Allston man was charged with cruelty to animals today for allegedly firing a blowgun at a stranger’s dog early Saturday morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Assistant District Attorney Cameron Merrill recommended that CONNOR M. THOMAS (D.O.B. 5/5/91) be held on $1,000 cash bail at his arraignment this morning in Brighton District Court. Thomas, who is additionally charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, was released on the $300 he posted following his weekend arrest. more »


Nov 21, 2011

A Dorchester teen’s bail for a violent South Boston attack has been revoked after he was charged with another beating that sent a man to the hospital this weekend, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DERECK McCANN (D.O.B. 5/24/93) was arraigned this morning in South Boston District Court on charges of assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for allegedly beating and kicking a 28-year-old South Boston man unconscious early Saturday morning. more »


Nov 21, 2011

DA Conley at State House

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick hands Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley a pen used to sign An Act Relative to the Commercial Exploitation of People into law. Conley submitted key provisions of the legislation, including a presumption that minors arrested in prostitution cases should be treated as victims, not offenders.


Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today made the following statement as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed landmark human trafficking and safe harbor legislation into law:

“That we’ve reached this point is a testament to the strength and commitment of a truly multidisciplinary partnership. In the Legislature, we had terrific allies in Representatives Marty Walsh, Liz Malia, and O’Flaherty; Senators McGee and Montigny; Speaker DeLeo, and Senate President Murray. We had the Governor’s support and we had groundbreaking work by Attorney General Coakley. more »


Nov 21, 2011

As landmark legislation heads to the Massachusetts governor’s desk, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley is lending his voice to a human trafficking training video on that issue for municipal police across the Commonwealth.

On Nov. 18, Conley taped an introduction and interview with David O’Laughlin, director of training for the Municipal Police Institute, to prepare Massachusetts law enforcement officers on how to recognize and combat the trafficking in and exploitation of children, teens, and adults for sexual services and forced labor. more »


Nov 18, 2011

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed a Mattapan man’s 11 convictions for trying to kill four Boston Police officers on New Year’s Day 2003, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury in 2005 convicted JERMAINE JABBAR BERRY (D.O.B. 5/7/82) of four counts of assault with intent to kill, three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and gun and ammunition offenses. He is currently serving an aggregate term of 31 to 43 years in state prison for pointing a .357 caliber revolver at a friend of his mother’s inside his house, then firing at four Boston Police officers, hitting two of them, when they responded to the residence at about 5:30 a.m. more »


Nov 18, 2011

A Brockton woman was arraigned this morning on gun possession charges after Boston Police stopped her car in close proximity to a shooting in the city’s Theater District, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MIKAYLA ALFORD (D.O.B. 5/26/91) was charged in the Boston Municipal Court with unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition for the loaded handgun recovered from her handbag during a traffic stop just before 2:15 this morning. Alford is not charged in connection with a multiple shooting that took place a short time earlier and a short distance away; her potential link to that shooting, if one exists, remains under investigation. more »


Nov 17, 2011

The Suffolk County Grand Jury yesterday returned an indictment charging a South Boston man with first-degree murder for the beating death of 65-year-old Barbara Tagen in her Andrew Square apartment, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ADAM CASSINO (DOB 5/9/86), who lived across the street from Tagen, is expected to face arraignment on that charge on Dec. 1 in the Magistrate’s Session of Suffolk Superior Court. He has been held without bail since his district court arraignment on Sept. 22. more »


Nov 17, 2011

A homeless man will serve up to five years in prison for jumping into a cab last year, robbing its passenger of her smart phone, and then slamming her friend’s face into the pavement after demanding money to get it back, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

GERALD HAMILTON (D.O.B. 2/10/66), who has no fixed address, pleaded guilty yesterday as his trial was set to begin on charges of unarmed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Christine McEvoy sentenced him to 4 to 5 years in state prison followed by 18 months of probation upon his release. She further ordered Hamilton to undergo drug treatment and to stay away from the victims. more »


Nov 16, 2011

A Brighton man is expected to face trial next November for allegedly murdering his elderly neighbor, William Thomas, as the victim sat in a wheelchair in the Ledgemere Road housing development they both shared, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Suffolk Superior Court Clerk Magistrate Gary Wilson scheduled RANDY FLOYD MOORE’s trial for Nov. 5, 2012, and ordered him held without bail until that time. Moore (D.O.B. 11/13/56) was indicted Nov. 8 on charges of first-degree murder, armed assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and home invasion. more »


Nov 15, 2011

State Police detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office are investigating the death of an Arizona man on board a bus that arrived in Boston last night.
Members of the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit responded to the South Station bus terminal at about 9:00 p.m. after the 29-year-old Scottsdale resident’s remains were discovered in the restroom of a Boston Express bus from Londonderry, New Hampshire. more »


Nov 10, 2011

DA Conley Speaks at Hope Blooms Event

Children’s Advocacy Center trustees Peter Flaherty (left) and DA Conley (right) flank Boston’s First Lady, Angela Menino, and child abuse prosecutor Leora Joseph on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, where more than 1100 crocus bulbs have been planted, each one representing a child referred to the CAC after allegations of abuse in 2010. The bulbs are expected to bloom in April 2012, coinciding with Child Abuse Prevention Month.


Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today joined with First Lady of Boston Angela Menino, Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia Pollak, and other dignitaries for Hope Blooms, a fundraising campaign benefitting the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County. more »


Nov 10, 2011

A Roxbury woman this week admitted to lying to the Suffolk County Grand Jury as it investigated the shooting death of 13-year-old Luis Gerena in 2007, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DESTINY GUNN (D.O.B. 9/2/89) pleaded guilty Tuesday to the crime of perjury, making her the third defendant to be convicted in Gerena’s Jan. 12, 2007, slaying amid a gang feud in which he had no part. more »


Nov 9, 2011

A South Boston man today admitted to throwing a glass at a fellow bar patron, only to have it shatter and kill 23-year-old Michael DiMaria when it slashed his throat, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

HECTOR GUARDIOLA (D.O.B. 5/8/85) pleaded guilty to the indicted charge of involuntary manslaughter for DiMaria’s death at the Lansdowne Pub just after midnight on Aug. 14, 2010. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for injuries to two others struck by the glass or its shards. more »


Nov 8, 2011

A motorist was arraigned today for allegedly driving at a candidate for the Winthrop Town Council as the victim stood with several children on the Winthrop Bridge last night, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JAMES LEDERMAN (D.O.B. 4/14/43) of Winthrop was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of an accident, and operating a motor vehicle to endanger, all stemming from an incident yesterday afternoon. more »


Nov 8, 2011

A Roslindale man was arraigned on gun and drug charges for the second time in four months yesterday after Boston Police recovered a loaded handgun and about 80 grams of heroin in his apartment while he was free on bail in an earlier case, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

WILLIAM FLEURIMONT (D.O.B. 9/16/90) was arraigned yesterday in West Roxbury District Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawful possession of a large-capacity feeding device, trafficking in a Class A substance, and possession of Class B and Class D substances with intent to distribute. more »


Nov 8, 2011

A South End man and an unknown bystander foiled a purse snatching this week, grabbing two alleged perps and handing them over to Boston Police before they could flee with the victim’s handbag, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DEREK BOUCHARD (D.O.B. 11/18/78) of Milton and SEAN RUMSEY (D.O.B. 10/20/77) of South Boston were arraigned yesterday in Boston Municipal Court on charges of unarmed robbery and assault and battery. Judge Tracy-Lee Lyons set their bails at $1,500 each; Assistant District Attorney Justyna Miller had recommended $2,000 each. more »


Nov 7, 2011

A Dorchester man was charged today with a slew of offenses stemming from his arrest for allegedly carrying an assault rifle on Ballou Avenue, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Assistant District Attorney Brendan Cox recommended that MOHAMED ALI BILE (D.O.B. 1/1/85) be held on $150,000 cash bail at his arraignment today on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, unlawfully discharging a firearm within 500’ of a dwelling, unlawfully carrying a rifle on a public way, and unlawful possession of a large-capacity feeding device. Because of prior convictions for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Bile is additionally charged as a Level I armed career criminal. more »


Nov 7, 2011

Three men charged with soliciting sex from Boston Police officers posing as a young teenage girl have been ordered to stay away from all children while their cases are pending, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

JOHN CAPUTO (D.O.B. 2/10/48) of South Boston, DANIEL KLIM (D.O.B. 5/18/73) of Cambridge, and JOHN NGUYEN (D.O.B. 7/28/87) of Randolph were all arraigned in Dorchester District Court this morning on charges of soliciting sex for a fee and enticement of a child under 16 for their alleged efforts this weekend to engage in sexual activity with a person they believed to be a 15-year-old girl. All three posted $300 cash bail following their arrests Saturday and walked into court today. more »


Nov 7, 2011

Two men were sentenced today for unrelated Boston homicides in 2007 and 2010, with one taking a mandatory life term following his conviction for murder and the other accepting up to 14½ years in state prison rather than go to trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Superior Court Judge Frank Gaziano sentenced EMMANUEL DASILVA (D.O.B. 10/24/84) of Dorchester to life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury convicted him Friday of first-degree murder for the Feb. 13, 2007, shooting death of 21-year-old Fausto Sanchez. Dasilva is the second man to be convicted of Sanchez’ murder. more »


Nov 4, 2011

A Suffolk Superior Court jury late this afternoon convicted a Dorchester man of all charges for his role in a 2007 Maynard Street shooting that resulted in the death of 21-year-old Fausto Sanchez and serious injuries to two of Sanchez’ friends, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Jurors convicted EMMANUEL DASILVA (D.O.B. 10/24/84) of first-degree murder and multiple counts of armed assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for shooting at Sanchez’ four friends, striking two of them, on Feb. 13, 2007. One of the surviving victims was left permanently disabled from gunshot wounds sustained to his back, side torso, and left arm. more »


Nov 3, 2011

Two alleged gang members were ordered held without bail today on charges that they murdered a 16-year-old boy and nearly killed his 14-year-old friend on Geneva Avenue earlier this year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SHELDON MATTIS (D.O.B. 1/22/93) and NYASANI WATT (D.O.B. 10/5/93), both of Dorchester, were arraigned this afternoon in Dorchester District Court on counts of murder, armed assault with intent to murder, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Watt was additionally charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm for a handgun he allegedly had on him at the time of his arrest this morning. more »


Nov 2, 2011

An Allston man admitted stabbing Julio Villalta to death in Allston last year, just a few hours after a recently-apprehended fugitive was formally charged with the shooting death of Shawn Flores in September, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

JULIO CESAR MARISCAL (D.O.B. 12/1/70) of Allston pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for Villalta’s death on an Allston sidewalk on the night of Aug. 3, 2010. Mariscal made the admission as jury selection in his second-degree murder trial was about to get under way. more »


Oct 31, 2011

A brother and sister were arraigned today after a search warrant turned up a handgun, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and several bags of crack cocaine in their apartment, where two children had been left to their own devices, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOHNNY LACOURT (D.O.B. 11/1/77) was arraigned in Dorchester District Court this morning on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, unlawful possession of ammunition, and possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute. Because of prior gun and assault convictions, LaCourt was charged as a Level III armed career criminal. Prosecutors recommended that he be held on $75,000 cash bail; Judge Kenneth Desmond set bail at $50,000. more »


Oct 28, 2011

A Dorchester man with one gun conviction to his credit and an Everett associate with multiple drug convictions were held on $75,000 cash bail each this week following their arraignments for sharing possession of three unregistered handguns, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

EMMANUEL JEUDI (D.O.B. 3/26/85) and ROBENS PIERRE (D.O.B. 9/3/89) were arraigned Wednesday in Dorchester District Court on three counts each of unlawful possession of a firearm. Jeudi, who served a year behind bars for that offense following a 2005 gun arrest, was additionally charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute. Pierre was additionally charged as a Level I armed career criminal because of 2008 convictions for possession of Class B and Class D substances with intent to distribute. more »


Oct 27, 2011

A Mattapan man was held without bail today on charges that he murdered 24-year-old Billie Kee and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Kevin Thomas, in their Hyde Park apartment this summer, and his co-defendant is expected to face identical charges tomorrow, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MICHAEL T. CORBIN (D.O.B. 11/10/78) was arraigned in West Roxbury District Court this afternoon on two counts of murder and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. Assistant District Attorney John Pappas, Conley’s chief trial counsel, recommended that he be held without bail. Judge Mary Ann Driscoll granted that request. more »


Oct 26, 2011

A Dedham man charged with killing his 26-year-old female passenger in a weekend car crash was arraigned yesterday in a hospital bed just blocks from the crash site, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ROBINSON AVENDANO (D.O.B. 11/7/72), currently an inpatient at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was formally charged yesterday with motor vehicle homicide, operating under the influence of alcohol, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Assistant District Attorney Edward Curley recommended that Avendano be held on $250,000 cash bail. Roxbury District Court Judge Pamela Dashiell set bail at $100,000 cash, ordering Avendano to live with his mother, abide by a 7:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew, submit to random alcohol testing, and report weekly to a probation officer if he posts that amount. more »


Oct 25, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office moved to hold a 14-year-old Roxbury youth without bail after he allegedly brought a loaded handgun into a Boston high school while awaiting trial on one robbery offense and on probation for another.

Assistant District Attorney Lindsey Weinstein of Conley’s West Roxbury District Court staff moved to hold the MALE JUVENILE pending a so-called “dangerousness hearing” under Ch. 276, Sect. 58A, of the Massachusetts General Laws. That statute allows a judge to hold a defendant accused of certain violent crimes without bail for up to 90 days pending trial upon “clear and convincing evidence that no conditions of release will reasonably assure the safety of any other person or the community.” more »


Oct 25, 2011

A man who renounced his Pakistani citizenship while living in the United Kingdom only to be expelled from that nation for a string of larcenies was convicted of similar offenses in Boston this week and sentenced to five years in prison, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ASAD REZVI (D.O.B. 5/30/55) of Salem was convicted yesterday of two counts of larceny over $250 and one count of larceny under $250 for the thefts of computer equipment from Massachusetts General Hospital in February and April 2008. In light of a nine-page record with convictions for other theft-related offenses, Assistant District Attorney Megan O’Rourke recommended that he be sentenced as a common and notorious thief under Ch. 266, Sect. 40, of the Massachusetts General Laws, which would expose him to sentences up to 20 years in state prison. more »


Oct 24, 2011

A man living in a Dewey Square tent and his female associate were arraigned this morning in the Boston Municipal Court for their alleged roles in selling heroin to an undercover police officer.

ISSAC BELL (D.O.B. 6/1/77), a Roxbury resident who told officers he moved into a tent on the Rose Kennedy Greenway three weeks ago, and CHARLENE DUMONT (D.O.B. 4/13/80) with no fixed address, were each charged with single counts of distribution of a Class A drug, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of a Class A drug, and two counts each of a drug violation within 1,000 feet of a school or park. Bell was additionally charged with distribution of a Class A drug as a subsequent offense. more »


Oct 22, 2011

State Police detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office are investigating three unrelated overnight crashes in Boston and Revere that left two people dead and three injured.

Members of the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit – who have jurisdiction over death investigations in Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop, along with State roadways within the City of Boston – responded to the area of 270 Broadway in Revere for a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle at about 11:00 p.m. more »


Oct 22, 2011

Authorities have identified the woman who died in the Charles River early Thursday morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

Several members of the public contacted State Police General Headquarters and members of the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit yesterday after seeing media reports describing the appearance and clothing of the deceased. Based on those tips, State Police detectives assigned to Conley’s office made contact with the woman’s family. A positive identification was made late yesterday. more »


Oct 21, 2011

A B&E suspect brought skepticism on his claimed ownership of an iPod when he mistook a 15-time Grammy Award winner and American music icon for a girl who lives on Centre Street, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said.

DEJONTRE BELL (D.O.B. 5/11/94) of Roxbury is charged with breaking and entering into a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property for an incident earlier this month in which he allegedly gained unlawful access to a parked car; a search of his bag soon turned up items allegedly stolen from that vehicle, as well as an iPod full of songs by artists whose name he didn’t recognize. more »


Oct 21, 2011

One of two Mattapan men accused of murdering 49-year-old Brenda Pawlowski in Jamaica Plain was held without bail at his arraignment today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

West Roxbury District Court Judge Mary Ann Driscoll ordered CHRISTOPHER HOWARD (D.O.B. 6/18/82) held without bail at the request of Assistant District Attorney Ursula Knight. Howard and LARRY PACK (D.O.B. 5/3/82) are accused of shooting Pawlowski to death on the morning of Feb. 8 in an area behind 21 Kenney St. more »


Oct 20, 2011

State Police detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a woman who died in the Charles River early this morning.

Members of the State Police Underwater Recovery Unit and uniformed troopers assigned to Troop H responded to the Harvard Bridge, which traverses the Charles River along Massachusetts Avenue, following a 6:20 a.m. eyewitness report of a woman who had jumped into the water. The woman’s remains were recovered a short time later. more »


Oct 20, 2011

A repeat drunk driver with multiple aliases was ordered held on high bail at his arraignment Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

NEFTALI PASTRANA (D.O.B. 8/24/53) was indicted Aug. 9 on a charge of operating under the influence of liquor as a fifth or subsequent offense and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, but eluded authorities until last week when Boston Police arrested him. Pastrana, who has previously been convicted of OUI offenses in Marlboro and Framingham District Courts, was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail. more »


Oct 19, 2011

A Medford man was arraigned in his hospital bed today on charges that he sparked an early morning conflagration that injured at least a dozen people and caused at least $4 million in property damages that left multiple homes unsafe for habitation, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ABDUL JABAR MOHAMED (D.O.B. 1/1/83) was charged with assault with intent to murder, arson of a dwelling, igniting a destructive device or substance, malicious destruction of property, and causing injury to a firefighter. Assistant District Attorney Dana Pierce of Conley’s Senior Trial Unit recommended that he be held on half a million dollars’ cash bail; Judge David Weingarten set bail at $100,000. more »


Oct 19, 2011

A Mattapan man was sentenced to jail time yesterday after a Suffolk County Gun Court jury convicted him of firearm offenses after rejecting the defendant’s claim that the gun was not a working firearm.

CHRISTOPHER RICHARDSON (D.O.B. 8/11/87) was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm without a license in the Suffolk County Firearm Priority Disposition Session, more commonly known as Gun Court. more »


Oct 18, 2011

A man who allegedly broke into the Boston Tea Party Museum construction site and stole its American flag was arraigned on breaking and entering charges yesterday, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JAMIE ALENSKIS (D.O.B. 11/4/62) is charged with breaking into the Congress Street work site just before 5:30 Sunday evening, climbing to the top of the building, and stealing the American flag from its top before fleeing on foot. South Boston District Court Judge Michael Bolden ordered him held on $750 cash bail. more »


Oct 18, 2011

George “Jeffrey” Thompson was remembered today as a father, stepfather, son, and brother who shined like a jewel in his close-knit family until a Dorchester man shot him to death in his Rosseter Street home early last year.

Thompson’s killer, OMAY TAVARES (D.O.B. 4/24/89), was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the mandatory sentence for his conviction yesterday for Thompson’s first-degree murder, plus concurrent sentences for unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. more »


Oct 18, 2011

A preliminary autopsy has revealed no signs of physical trauma or sexual assault on a Chelsea woman whose remains were found near a highway onramp this weekend, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes said today.

State Police homicide detectives assigned to Conley’s office and Chelsea Police detectives continue to investigate the 48-year-old woman’s death. Her body was found Saturday near the ramp leading from Route 1 southbound onto Route 16 westbound. There were no immediate signs of violence at the scene. more »


Oct 17, 2011

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted a Dorchester man of murder for the shooting death of George “Jeffrey” Thompson last year, reaching its verdict just a few hours into deliberations, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Jurors found OMAY TAVARES (D.O.B. 4/24/89) guilty of first-degree murder under the theories of deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty. Tavares faces a mandatory life term without the possibility of parole at a sentencing hearing tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in courtroom 808.
“We hope this verdict allows Mr. Thompson’s family some sense of satisfaction,” Conley said. “The evidence was clear and the testimony conclusive. This was the cold-blooded murder of an unarmed man who posed no threat to his assailant. If there can be closure for those who loved him, perhaps it can begin here.” more »


Oct 17, 2011

A former Roxbury man who for 15 years eluded identification as a violent rapist was sentenced to three decades in prison today after pleading guilty to aggravated rape, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DOWARD FORBES (D.O.B. 12/30/65) admitted to breaking into a 21-year-old Back Bay woman’s Beacon Street home, beating her, and raping her in the early morning hours of Sept. 6, 1992. The case went unsolved until 2009, when Forbes was identified with the help of a DNA database. more »


Oct 17, 2011

George “Jeffrey” Thompson’s killer left “a trail of evidence before the murder, during the murder, and after the murder” leading ineluctably to the man on trial for his homicide, a Suffolk County prosecutor said during her closing argument today.

OMAY TAVARES (D.O.B. 4/24/89) of Dorchester is charged with first-degree murder for Thompson’s Jan. 7, 2010, shooting death inside Thompson’s Rosseter Street home. Assistant District Attorney Gretchen Lundgren of District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office spoke this morning and his trial neared its end. more »


Oct 17, 2011

A South End man has been held without bail following his arrest in Texas and arraignment in a Boston courtroom for the shooting death of Raymond Lemar earlier this summer, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

Acting on a request by Assistant District Attorney Masai-Maliek King, Boston Municipal Court Judge Franco Gobourne ordered ANTHONY THAMES (D.O.B. 2/22/83) held without bail pending trial. Thames was arraigned this morning on charges of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm. more »


Oct 12, 2011

A woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend was arrested after she showed up allegedly intoxicated and shouted at a police officer to move his cruiser so she could park her car, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DIANE AMBROSO (D.O.B. 10/4/60), who claimed residence in both Revere and Malden, was arraigned yesterday in Chelsea District Court on charges of armed assault with intent to murder a person over 60, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, operating under the influence as a second offense, and motor vehicle offenses. Prosecutors recommended that she be held on $5000 cash bail; Judge D. Dunbar Livingston set bail at $500. more »


Oct 12, 2011

A woman living with her ex-boyfriend has been charged with setting his apartment on fire, sparking a blaze that caused $300,000 in damages and sent four firefighters to the hospital, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Prosecutors recommended that TINA FARULLA (D.O.B. 9/14/87) be held on $50,000 cash bail at her East Boston District Court arraignment yesterday on arson charges stemming from the Oct. 8 conflagration at 165 Coleridge St. Judge Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., set bail at $5,000. more »


Oct 11, 2011

Almost six dozen arrestees from last night’s protest at Dewey Square appeared in the Boston Municipal Court today, with the vast majority of them accepting Suffolk prosecutors’ offers to resolve their cases civilly, a small number refusing that offer and insisting on criminal prosecution, and some being arraigned in the usual manner because of prior criminal records, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. more »


Oct 11, 2011

Two Dorchester men were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole today for shooting an innocent bystander to death with a bullet meant for their rival, whom they also killed, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Suffolk Chief Trial Counsel John Pappas recommended that EMMANUEL PINA a.k.a. EMMANUEL DePINA (D.O.B. 4/25/83) and SANDRO TAVARES (D.O.B. 12/25/83) serve two consecutive life terms each, representing the 2009 murders of Manuel Monteiro, 47, and Jovany Eason, 20, in Dorchester. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Donovan sentenced them to concurrent terms, with an additional concurrent four to five year term for unlawful possession of the firearm used in the Aug. 2, 2009 slayings. more »


Oct 6, 2011

The trial of a Dorchester man charged with shooting George “Jeffrey” Thompson to death inside the his Rosseter Street apartment last year got under way with lawyers’ opening statements this morning.

When police officers and emergency personnel entered the victim’s apartment following his Jan. 7, 2010, homicide, Assistant District Attorney Gretchen Lundgren said, “They found Mr. Thompson’s lifeless body face down in the kitchen with a gunshot to the back of the head and blood seeping from his torso.” more »


Oct 6, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today announced the convictions of two Dorchester men for the murders of Manuel Monteiro and Jovany Eason during a shootout two years ago near the Dorchester restaurant where Monteiro worked as a cook.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted EMMANUEL PINA a.k.a. EMMANUEL DePINA (D.O.B. 4/25/83) and SANDRO TAVARES (D.O.B. 12/25/83) of two counts of first-degree murder for their roles in the Aug. 2, 2009, slayings outside Ka’Carlos Bar and Grill on Hancock Street. Jurors acquitted Pina of shooting a third victim who survived his injuries. more »


Oct 6, 2011

A Hingham man will serve at least a year and a half behind bars for beating a US Navy veteran outside a party in West Roxbury last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

Assistant District Attorney Melissa Brooks of Conley’s Major Felony Bureau recommended that THOMAS McCANN (D.O.B. 4/3/84) serve three to five years in state prison following his conviction Tuesday for assault and battery causing serious bodily injury. more »


Oct 4, 2011

Two men charged in separate homicides this June remain held without bail following their indictments last week and their Superior Court arraignments today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ANTHONY ROBERTSON (D.O.B. 5/19/91) of Dorchester was formally charged this morning with first-degree murder for the June 26 shooting death of 25-year-old Aaron Wornum. Just a few hours later, LAQUAN MILLER (D.O.B. 5/25/94) of Roslindale was charged with the same offense for the June 5 shooting death of Wilfredo Martinez, 23, and the non-fatal shooting of a second 23-year-old man during the same incident. more »


Oct 4, 2011

In his closing argument this afternoon, a Suffolk County homicide prosecutor said the two defendants charged with murdering a rival and an innocent bystander during a Dorchester shootout acted together and contributed equally to the two victims’ deaths.

“These two are joined at the hip,” Assistant District Attorney John Pappas said, referring to the defendants, EMMANUEL PINA a.k.a. EMMANUEL DePINA (D.O.B. 4/25/83) and SANDRO TAVARES (D.O.B. 12/25/83), both of Dorchester.

“There are only two people out there, and one gun,” Pappas said. “The guy who brought it and the guy who shot it: Sandro Tavares and Emmanuel Pina.” more »


Oct 4, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office put a rapid end to the criminal prosecution of 24 men and women arrested for trespassing during a protest at a downtown bank, successfully recommending that the court treat their cases as civil infractions.

Assistant District Attorney Susan Terrey, chief of Conley’s staff at the Central Division of the Boston Municipal Court, affirmatively recommended that resolution as all two dozen arrestees were prepared to be arraigned on misdemeanor trespass charges incurred Friday afternoon at the Bank of America on Federal Street. more »


Oct 3, 2011

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today allowed Suffolk prosecutors the opportunity to use as evidence a handgun recovered after a tipster said it was going to be used in a crime, reversing a district court judge’s decision and reaffirming that police can search for and seize a firearm without a warrant under certain circumstances, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

“The Appeals Court made clear once again that police may execute warrantless searches under exigent circumstances,” Conley said, hailing the unanimous decision. “Clearly, those circumstances existed here: A loaded gun was known to be in a certain place and believed to be intended for use in a violent crime. The person who called in this tip did exactly what we ask of the public every day. That specific information very likely stopped a shooting – or much worse.” more »


Sep 29, 2011

A career criminal with convictions dating back to the 1960s, including one for murder, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the shooting death of Surendra Dangol, a Somerville man slain during the armed robbery of a Jamaica Plain convenience store, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

EDWARD CORLISS (D.O.B. 2/7/46) received the mandatory term for first-degree murder, the crime for which a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted him Tuesday. First Assistant District Attorney Patrick Haggan recommended that it be ordered served from and after the life sentence Corliss is currently serving for a prior homicide; Judge Diane Kottmeyer denied that symbolic request. more »


Sep 29, 2011

The suspect in Braulio Gomez’ fatal shooting this summer claimed to be a member of the MS-13 street gang before shooting Gomez in the head for no apparent reason, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said in court today.

SANTOS PORTILLO (D.O.B. 7/4/90) of Chelsea was arraigned on a murder charge this morning in Chelsea District Court. Assistant District Attorney Amy Galatis of Conley’s Homicide Unit recommended that he be held without bail pending trial; Judge James Wexler granted that request. more »


Sep 29, 2011

The suspect in this summer’s shooting death of 38-year-old Braulio Gomez is back in Massachusetts and expected to be arraigned on murder charges this morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes announced.

State Police homicide detectives assigned to Conley’s office and Chelsea Police detectives took custody of SANTOS PORTILLO (D.O.B. 7/4/90) yesterday in Columbus, Ohio, and flew back to Boston with him last night. He was booked at Chelsea Police headquarters and is scheduled to appear in Chelsea District Court later this morning. more »


Sep 28, 2011

A Roxbury man was arraigned today after he allegedly threw two of his wife’s kittens out of their second-floor window early this morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

THOMAS GONZALES (D.O.B. 5/28/64) was charged with animal cruelty and resisting arrest for his alleged actions inside the Blue Hill Avenue apartment he shares with his 48-year-old wife. Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Tynes, chief of Conley’s Roxbury District Court staff, recommended that he be held on $3,000 and have his open bail on an unrelated drug charge revoked; Judge David Weingarten set bail at $750 and declined to revoke Gonzales’ bail. more »


Sep 28, 2011

On the one month anniversary of Israel Sanchez’ death in a Chelsea hit-and-run, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Police Chief Brian Kyes today announced that the victim’s family had posted a reward for information on the incident.

“There’s already an undeniable moral reason for tipsters to come forward,” Conley said. “But this reward might help us identify the car that struck Mr. Sanchez and bring his loved ones some sense that justice will be done.”

Family photo of victim Israel Sanchez.

Family photo of victim Israel Sanchez.

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Sep 28, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today joined local, state, and federal partners in unveiling a new advertising campaign drawing attention to young people exploited through human trafficking.

“Sexual trafficking exists because of a demand,” Conley said. “That demand is aided and abetted by websites and newspapers with ads for sexual services. As these posters make clear, those services are all too often coerced out of young teens, both boys and girls, who have been pressured, tricked, and even forced into a life that deprives them of choice and dignity.” more »


Sep 27, 2011

A killer free on parole for one shop clerk’s slaying was convicted today of another after a Suffolk Superior Court jury found him guilty of all charges in the 2009 shooting death of 39-year-old Surendra Dangol at a Jamaica Plain convenience store, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
Jurors convicted EDWARD CORLISS (D.O.B. 2/7/46) of first-degree murder under the theories of deliberate premeditation and felony murder – homicide committed during the commission of a felony. Jurors additionally convicted him of armed robbery while masked and unlawful possession of a firearm for the Dec. 26, 2009, incident that claimed the Somerville man’s life.

“Surendra Dangol did everything we ask and recommend of a robbery victim,” Conley said. “He didn’t resist. He gave up everything he could. He kept his hands in the air and presented no threat. And this defendant shot him in the chest, killing a peaceful man from half a world away whose only goal was to build a better life for his family.” more »


Sep 26, 2011

Suffolk County homicide prosecutors today filed paperwork withdrawing charges against three men previously charged with murder after two witnesses critical to proving the case died in unrelated events.

A nolle prosequi – a legal document terminating prosecution – was filed in the case against JEMALD ALLEN (D.O.B. 8/5/78) of Roxbury; his nephew, RODERICK ALLEN (D.O.B. 2/14/85) of Mattapan; and ANTOIN FIELDS (D.O.B. 9/7/79) of Dorchester. The three were indicted early last year for the Sept. 4, 2004, shooting deaths of Angelo Henderson, Jaison Jenkins, and Anthony Williams after a cookout at Franklin Field. more »


Sep 23, 2011

The trial of two men charged with murdering a rival and an innocent bystander during a shootout near a Dorchester restaurant began with opening statements today.

“When the smoke cleared, Assistant District Attorney John Pappas told a Suffolk Superior Court jury, “two men shared one semiautomatic handgun and they were responsible for a spasm of violence that left two men dead.”

EMMANUEL PINA a.k.a. EMMANUEL DePINA (D.O.B. 4/25/83) and SANDRO TAVARES (D.O.B. 12/25/83), both of Dorchester, are charged with two counts of first-degree murder each, reflecting the Aug. 2, 2009, shooting deaths of Manuel Monteiro, 47, and Jovany Eason, 20, in the area around Ka’Carlos Bar and Grill, where Monteiro worked as a cook and Eason was a patron. more »


Sep 23, 2011

The state’s highest court yesterday affirmed a Franklin Hill gang member’s conviction for the murder of 18-year-old Francis Stephens and the near-fatal shooting of his friend more than a decade ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Supreme Judicial Court’s decision upholds the 2005 convictions of ANDRE “DRE ROCK” WALKER (D.O.B. 8/5/80) for first-degree murder in Stephens’ Sept. 16, 2000, shooting death and armed assault with intent to murder in the shooting of a second youth, then 19. Walker is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus an additional six to eight years. more »


Sep 22, 2011

A South Boston man had 65-year-old Barbara Tagen’s blood on his shoes when they were seized at a substance abuse clinic last month, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said in court today.

Acting on a request by Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum of Conley’s Homicide Unit, South Boston District Court Judge Michael Bolden ordered ADAM J. CASSINO (D.O.B. 5/9/86) held without bail on a murder charge stemming from Tagen’s violent death in her Dorchester Street apartment. more »


Sep 21, 2011

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today acquitted a Dorchester man in the fatal stabbing of Tai Yee during an argument over Yee’s former girlfriend last year.

THANH VAN TRUONG (D.O.B. 1/1/55) had been charged with second-degree murder for the June 8, 2010, incident that left Yee with stab wounds to his face, neck, arm, and chest, with the latter injury penetrating his liver. more »


Sep 21, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Massachusetts State Police Colonel Marian McGovern, and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, along with MBTA Transit Police and Boston University Police, today re-released the following information on four linked sexual assaults and safety tips for members of the general public. more »


Sep 20, 2011

A New Jersey man was held on high bail today after Massachusetts State Police arrested him at Logan Airport with more than $200,000 worth of cocaine tucked inside shoes in his checked baggage, Suffolk County District attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CARLOS LANNS (D.O.B. 2/20/87) was arraigned today on a single count of trafficking in more than 200 grams of a Class B substance – specifically, 2.17 kilograms of cocaine, or more than 10 times the largest amount recognized under Massachusetts’ trafficking statute. more »


Sep 19, 2011

A suspect in two early morning assaults on women in Dorchester had his open bail revoked and was held on an additional $50,000 cash, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Judge Annette Forde imposed that order at the Dorchester District Court arraignment of WALTER MAINS (D.O.B. 2/12/80) for two Sunday morning incidents. In the first, Mains is charged with assault and annoying or accosting a person of the opposite sex; in the second, he is charged with armed robbery, assault with intent to rape, and indecent assault and battery. more »


Sep 16, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes today announced the arrest of a suspect in the shooting death of Braulio Gomez in Chelsea earlier this summer.

Authorities in the State of Ohio arrested SANTOS PORTILLO (D.O.B. 7/4/90) last night just outside Columbus on a Massachusetts warrant charging him with murder. Portillo is expected to appear in a courthouse there next week; the date of his return to Massachusetts has not yet been scheduled. more »


Sep 16, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today announced that his office would not seek criminal charges against any of the Boston Police and Department of Youth Services officers who arrested a then-16-year-old escapee on the campus of Roxbury Community College last year.

“After a comprehensive examination of all the evidence in this case … I have determined that the arresting officers did not use excessive force or engage in any actions that constitute criminal conduct,” Conley wrote in findings delivered today to Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and copied to Department of Youth Services Commissioner Jane Tewksbury. more »


Sep 16, 2011

On Oct. 22, 2010, Boston Police and Department of Youth Services officers arrested a 16-year-old male wanted for escaping DYS custody and other unrelated offenses. That arrest took place on the campus of Roxbury Community College, and portions of it were recorded by civilians. As each of you is well aware, those video clips were uploaded to the internet and distributed online and in the news media.

After viewing those clips, I directed senior prosecutors within my office to investigate the level of force used by police during that arrest to determine whether it was excessive and subject to criminal prosecution. Toward that end, we reviewed not only the video clips themselves but also the statements of some 30 civilian and police witnesses; all of the reports and transmissions associated with the arrest; the juvenile arrestee’s medical records; Boston Police rules, regulations, and training materials; and the findings of the Boston Police Internal Investigations Unit. more »


Sep 14, 2011

A man charged in the fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Justin Albert was held without bail at his arraignment this morning as authorities seek the public’s help in identifying other potential suspects, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

STEVEN ROLLEY, 29, is charged with murder for the South End man’s death after he was stabbed at about 12:45 this morning near the intersection of Tremont and Cunard streets. Roxbury District Court Judge Kenneth Fiandaca granted Assistant District Attorney Ursula Knight’s recommendation that he be held without bail pending trial. more »


Sep 14, 2011

More than 20 years after one of the bloodiest massacres in Boston’s history, the Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the convictions of two men for five counts of first-degree murder each, closing the book on a case that shocked the city, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

“The convictions of NAM THE THAM and SINY VAN TRAN meant justice for the five men whose lives they took so brutally,” Conley said. “Today, the state’s highest court ruled that those convictions were won fairly, honestly, and ethically under the law. From the initial investigation through the epic 2005 trial until the last word of the last appellate brief was filed, a generation of police and prosecutors worked tirelessly to reach this point. I hope the decision brings some sense of finality to all the families this case touched.” more »


Sep 13, 2011

A Roxbury man pleaded guilty today as his trial was scheduled to begin on charges that he murdered 13-year-old Luis Gerena, Jr., as part of a gang rivalry in which the slain boy had no part, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

NURUDEEN ALABI (D.O.B. 11/6/89) pleaded guilty to the crime of manslaughter, accepting a prison term of 17 years rather than face trial on the murder charge. He also pleaded guilty to related counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon, and intimidation of a witness for which he received five years of probation upon his release. He was ordered to stay away from and have no contact with the Gerena family, the intimidation victim, or any witnesses in the case during that time.
If he does not comply with those orders, or if he reoffends in those five years, he faces up to 15 additional years in prison, Conley said. more »


Sep 8, 2011

A Jamaica Plain youth was held on high bail after being charged with carrying and discharging an unlicensed handgun during his arrest by Boston Police yesterday, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

TYRE WADE (D.O.B. 10/27/91) was arraigned in Roxbury District Court on a nine-count complaint charging him with unlawful possession of a .22 caliber Ruger MK II semiautomatic handgun, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawfully discharging a firearm, and other offenses. In light of a 2009 conviction for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for which he served two years in jail, Wade is charged as a Level I armed career criminal. more »


Sep 7, 2011

Two alleged associates of the youth charged with murdering 18-year-old Alex Sierra were arraigned this morning for allegedly intimidating witnesses while waiting for his arraignment, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DERRICK HUNT (D.O.B. 4/15/90) of Roxbury and JOSE MAYSONET (D.O.B. 6/28/92) of Boston’s South End were both arraigned on witness intimidation charges at the Central Division of the Edward Brooke Courthouse – the same building in which their alleged cohorts, RICARDO ARIAS (D.O.B. 10/22/93) and a 16-YEAR-OLD JUVENILE, were arraigned in connection with Sierra’s Sept. 3 murder. more »


Sep 7, 2011

An Allston man who couldn’t resist nature’s call was arraigned yesterday for allegedly urinating out the window of a party bus travelling through Boston’s Back Bay, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ELAN ALEXENBERG (D.O.B. 3/4/90) was charged in the Boston Municipal Court with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct for his mid-morning antics. He was released without monetary bail. more »


Sep 6, 2011

Eighteen-year-old Alex Sierra was shot dead because he answered truthfully when asked where he lived, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said at his alleged killer’s arraignment today.

RICARDO ARIAS (D.O.B. 10/22/93) of Roslindale was arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court this afternoon on charges of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, Conley said. Acting on a request by Assistant District Attorney Amy Galatis, Judge Annette Forde ordered him held without bail. more »


Sep 1, 2011

A Dorchester man is scheduled to face trial next year on a first-degree murder charge next year for the 2004 slaying of Julaine Jules, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

SHABAZZ AUGUSTINE (D.O.B. 2/19/79) was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court following his July 29 indictment by the Suffolk County Grand Jury. Clerk Magistrate Gary Wilson scheduled Augustine’s trial date for Sept. 4, 2012, and ordered Augustine held without bail, as he has been since his arrest earlier this summer. more »


Sep 1, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes today asked for the public’s help in identifying a motor vehicle that struck and killed 39-year-old Israel Sanchez early Sunday morning.

Investigators believe Sanchez was walking north along Route 16 in Chelsea just before 12:30 a.m. when he crossed the roadway in the area of Washington Avenue. He crossed the eastbound lane without incident; he was struck by an unknown vehicle in the westbound lane, however, suffering mortal injuries. He was pronounced deceased at Massachusetts General Hospital. The vehicle continued travelling west without stopping. more »


Aug 30, 2011

An East Boston man tried to cover up his involvement in the collision that killed 22-year-old Sothany Pen in Revere yesterday morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office charged in court today.

JON RAVIDA (D.O.B. 3/20/64) is charged with motor vehicle homicide and leaving the scene of an accident causing death for the incident on Route 1A at about 5:50 yesterday morning. Assistant District Attorney Megan O’Rourke of Conley’s Major Felony Bureau recommended that he be held on $50,000 cash bail; Chelsea District Court Judge James Wexler set bail at $25,000 and ordered that Ravida neither leave the Commonwealth without the court’s permission nor operate a motor vehicle while the case is pending. more »


Aug 29, 2011

An East Boston man is in custody this afternoon, charged with motor vehicle homicide and leaving the scene of the collision that killed 22-year-old Sothany Pen this morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

JON RAVIDA (D.O.B. 3/20/64) was taken into custody by Revere Police detectives and State Police homicide detectives assigned to Conley’s office following statements he made during an interview at Revere Police Headquarters. Investigators believe he was the operator of the dark, late-model Ford Explorer that struck Pen on Lee Burbank Highway at about 5:50 this morning. more »


Aug 29, 2011

A Revere woman was struck and killed by a motor vehicle early this morning in a hit-and-run collision under investigation by Revere Police and State Police homicide detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.

The preliminary investigation suggests that Sothany Pen, 22, was crossing Lee Burbank Highway from east to west when she was struck by a motor vehicle travelling northbound at about 5:50 this morning. Pen suffered grievous injuries in the collision; the motor vehicle left the scene. more »


Aug 28, 2011

State Police, Chelsea Police, and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office continue to investigate a fatal hit-and-run in Chelsea just before 12:30 a.m.

The victim of the collision, a pedestrian, has been identified as a 39-year-old Chelsea resident. His name is not being released until his next of kin – believed to reside outside the Commonwealth – can be contacted. more »


Aug 25, 2011

Special agents of the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General today recognized a Suffolk County fraud prosecutor for his role in convicting a serial scammer, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Resident Agent-in-Charge Steuart Markley, Jr., and Special Agent Mike Leonard presented a plaque to Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Goldberger of Conley’s Special Prosecutions Unit in appreciation for his prosecution of KERR CARRINGTON (D.O.B. 1/10/74) earlier this year. more »


Aug 25, 2011

A Randolph man has been charged with manslaughter for the fatal stabbing of 29-year-old Andrew Wyman during an altercation on Massachusetts Avenue this spring, Suffolk County District attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

DARRELL MITCHELL (D.O.B. 3/13/87) was indicted for Wyman’s slaying on Aug. 12 and arraigned this morning in Suffolk Superior Court. Acting on a request by Assistant District Attorney Dana Pierce of Conley’s Senior Trial Unit, Clerk Magistrate Connie Wong kept in place the $250,000 cash bail imposed at Mitchell’s district court arraignment on a murder charge. more »


Aug 25, 2011

A Dorchester man convicted yesterday of his second firearms offense faces a mandatory state prison term when he’s sentenced tomorrow, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury yesterday found DARREN DYETTE (D.O.B. 8/2/89) of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm. At a second set of proceedings following the trial, Dyette admitted that he was the same individual convicted of those offenses in 2008, making him a second or subsequent offender and exposing him to a three-year minimum for his latest conviction. more »


Aug 24, 2011

An East Boston man said he only grabbed a stranger’s gold necklace because he was an expectant father with money woes, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office charged in court today.

MARQUIS ALLEN (D.O.B. 2/8/90) was arraigned this morning in East Boston District Court on an unarmed robbery charge stemming from an incident on Marion Street yesterday. Prosecutors recommended that he be held on $5,000 cash bail; Judge Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., set bail at $1,500 but granted prosecutors’ request that he be ordered to stay away from the victim while the case is pending. more »


Aug 24, 2011

A friend of the man slain on Sumner Street early yesterday morning was held without bail today after being charged with a single count of murder, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

LESTER JAMES (D.O.B. 11/14/86) was arraigned in Dorchester District Court for the stabbing death of 23-year-old Francis Kargbo shortly after midnight on Aug. 23. Judge Robert Baylor granted prosecutors’ requests and ordered James held without bail. more »


Aug 23, 2011

A Jamaica Plain man was held on high bail after a routine inquiry by Boston Police prompted him to run away and toss a loaded handgun with an obliterated serial number, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

KRISTOPHER JORDAN (D.O.B. 10/11/86) was arraigned yesterday in Dorchester District Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, and trespassing. more »


Aug 21, 2011

State Police assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office and the Brighton barracks are investigating a single-vehicle crash that left two men with grievous injuries this morning.

At about 4:15 a.m., State troopers responded to the area of Storrow Drive eastbound near the off-ramp to Kenmore Square to find a white Infinity engulfed in flames on the median strip, where it had collided with a tree. Troopers attempted to remove its occupants – a 27-year-old driver and his 29-year-old brother, both North Andover men – but were unable to do so. more »


Aug 18, 2011

A 54-year-old man who was arraigned today in the Boston Municipal Court and held on high bail on charges that he robbed a Beacon Street bank yesterday evening, allegedly paid his hotel bill in cash following the robbery, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

PATRICK CANNON (D.O.B. 10/29/56) was charged with masked and armed robbery for his alleged role in yesterday’s heist from the Cambridge Trust Bank. Assistant District Attorney Ryan Mingo told the court that there is a federal detainer for Cannon, who was out on parole for a prior armed bank robbery conviction when he committed the most recent offense. Municipal Court Judge Edward Redd imposed a cash bail in the amount of $750,000. more »


Aug 16, 2011

A Roxbury man was arraigned for drunk driving today, more than 20 years after he was arrested by Metropolitan Police for allegedly drifting across three lanes of traffic in what was then known as the Dewey Square Tunnel, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RICHARD MATTHEWS (D.O.B. 9/12/42) was charged in Charlestown District Court with operating under the influence, operating without a license, concealing the identity of his vehicle by attaching another car’s plates to it, and operating an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, all for actions in the early morning hours of Jan. 12, 1989. He was released on his own recognizance after being ordered to appear by Roxbury court personnel who discovered the case during an Aug. 12 hearing on an unrelated case. more »


Aug 16, 2011

A Dorchester man’s open bail was revoked after he allegedly robbed a Mattapan home at gunpoint, shot the resident, and got caught with trafficking weight cocaine, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CHRISTOPHER N. FREEMAN (D.O.B. 12/20/68), whose adult criminal record spans eight pages and dates back to 1986, was arraigned yesterday in Dorchester District Court on charges of home invasion, armed robbery, armed assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, trafficking in cocaine, and three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. more »


Aug 16, 2011

A Randolph man’s quest for a scooter ended when he was robbed at gunpoint, but the alleged mastermind of the incident was identified and charged after the victim told police, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSHUA “JEL” MIRANDA (D.O.B. 1/11/91) of Quincy was arraigned in Dorchester District Court yesterday on charges of armed robbery, witness intimidation, and threatening to commit a crime for the incident earlier this month. Assistant District Attorney Brendan Cox recommended that he be held on $7500 cash bail; Judge Kenneth Desmond set bail at $2500 and ordered Miranda to have no contact with the victim.
At Cox’ request, Desmond also ordered Miranda’s attorney not to provide the defendant with any information that could be used to locate or contact the victim. more »


Aug 16, 2011

An East Boston man has been charged with taking part in a brutal beating and stabbing near the entrance to the Sumner Tunnel last week, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ANTHONY LEMUS (D.O.B. 5/5/92) was arraigned Friday in East Boston District Court on charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for the Aug. 10 mob attack on a 21-year-old East Boston man. Assistant District Attorney Erik Bennett recommended that Lemus be held on $50,000 cash bail; Judge Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., set bail at $25,000. more »


Aug 15, 2011

Two Dorchester men are in custody on gun charges and a variety of other offenses after allegedly leading Boston Police on a motor vehicle chase during which they tossed two handguns from car, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

NORBERTO BARRETO (D.O.B. 5/27/80) and ARKIE SWINSON (D.O.B. 11/11/80) were arraigned today in Roxbury District Court on two counts each of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Because of a 2005 gun conviction, Barreto is charged as a second or subsequent offender; because of a 2009 drug distribution conviction, Swinson is charged as an armed career criminal. more »


Aug 14, 2011

At 2:52 a.m. today Boston University Police requested State Police respond to Commonwealth Avenue at Deerfield Street, where a man reported to a BU officer that he believed a woman had been sexually assaulted on the Esplanade earlier in the night. All patrols from the State Police Barracks at Leverett Circle in Boston responded.

The man told troopers that he came across a woman in the general area of Massachusetts Avenue who told him she had been sexually assaulted on the Esplanade and thrown into the Charles River. The woman, later identified as a 20-year-old student at a local college, was no longer with the man when troopers arrived, but the man still had her purse; troopers used its contents to obtain her current address. more »


Aug 12, 2011

The Winthrop resident accused of stabbing a man in the heart, killing him, and leaving the remains beneath his Winthrop Street porch was held without bail at his arraignment this morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Assistant District Attorney Ursula Knight of Conley’s Homicide Unit told East Boston District Court Judge Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., that JOHN LACOY (D.O.B. 2/9/64) had “a volatile relationship” with the victim prior to the homicide, which is believed to have taken place in the bedroom of Lacoy’s apartment at 429 Winthrop St. more than a week ago. more »


Aug 11, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Winthrop Police Chief Terence Delehanty today announced an arrest in the death of a man whose remains were discovered beneath a Winthrop Street porch earlier this week.

Winthrop Police and State Police homicide detectives assigned to Conley’s office took JOHN LACOY (D.O.B. 2/9/64) into custody at Winthrop Police Headquarters this afternoon. more »


Aug 11, 2011

The Brighton man shot to death in his own apartment was identified in court today as 78-year-old William Thomas, and his alleged killer was held without bail after his arraignment today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RANDY FLOYD MOORE (D.O.B. 11/13/56), a resident of the same building in which Thomas was shot dead, was formally charged in Brighton District Court with Thomas’ murder and two counts of armed assault with intent to murder for allegedly firing on Boston Police officers during the standoff that followed. more »


Aug 10, 2011

A Mission Hill woman who allegedly shook her 3-year-old daughter violently at a bus stop and then pushed her to the ground was arraigned on an assault and battery charge in the Boston Municipal Court today.
Prosecutors recommended $2000 cash bail be set for YAN FAN ZHU (D.O.B. 12/4/66), further recommending that she be ordered to comply with whatever parenting plans or instructions are provided by the Department of Children and Families and check in weekly with the Department of Probation.

Judge Raymond Dougan, Jr., released Zhu on her own recognizance, declining to order Zhu to abide by any instructions from DCF and declining to order her to check in with Probation. Dougan did order Zhu not to abuse her daughter. more »


Aug 10, 2011

A man already convicted of selling counterfeit movies at one coffee shop found himself under arrest again after attempting the same offense at another coffee shop last week, Suffolk County District attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JIANFU HUANG (D.O.B. 10/8/54), formerly of Quincy but now a resident of Corona, New York, was arraigned Friday on charges of distributing a counterfeit mark – the same offense to which he pleaded guilty earlier this year. South Boston District Court Judge Michael Bolden set bail at $500 cash, the amount recommended by Assistant District Attorney Kate Clayman. Huang was also surrendered for violating the terms of his probation on the earlier case. more »


Aug 10, 2011

A Dorchester youth will spend at least 2½ years behind bars and possibly as many as five following his conviction for repeatedly firing a handgun near a park crowded with young children, Suffolk county District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Boston Municipal Court jury on Friday convicted MICHAEL BROWNE (D.O.B. 2/9/93) of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, unlawfully discharging a firearm within 500’ of a building, and disorderly conduct. more »


Aug 10, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, the New England Revolution soccer team, and local businesses will help about 100 Boston-area youth get their kicks tomorrow at the ninth annual Soccer for Peace tournament at Pope John Paul II Park in Dorchester.

Revolution players Kevin Alston and Darrius Barnes, soccer coaches from America Scores New England, and DJ Pup Dawg from WJMN 94.5’s Ramiro and Pebbles morning show will join Conley at the annual event, which brings city kids together with Suffolk prosecutors, victim advocates, and other public safety officials for a day of safe, healthy, team-oriented fun. more »


Aug 9, 2011

Winthrop Police and State Police homicide detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office are investigating an unattended death near a Winthrop Street residence this evening.

Winthrop Police responded to the area of 429 Winthrop St. at about 2:30 this afternoon for a report of a strong odor. On arrival, they observed what appeared to be human remains. Winthrop Police then notified the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit, which investigates all unattended deaths in Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop, and parts of Boston. more »


Aug 9, 2011

The state’s highest courts today affirmed the convictions of an East Boston man who killed and set fire to a neighborhood cat and a Dorchester man who stored an unregistered handgun in a secret compartment within his girlfriend’s car, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

“These were serious offenses that drew a great deal of community interest,” Conley said. “We owed it to the people of those communities not just to ensure that the evidence would support a conviction, but also that our work at trial would withstand the scrutiny of our appellate courts.” more »


Aug 9, 2011

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed the convictions of a Hyde Park man who may have shot himself shot himself in the leg but, when interviewed by Boston Police, blamed an unknown assailant, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Appeals Court upheld PATRICK FORTUNA’s convictions for misleading a police officer with the intent to impede an investigation and making a false report of a crime, offenses of which he was found guilty at a 2009 jury trial in West Roxbury District Court. He received a one-year suspended sentence. The decision makes clear that a defendant has no reasonable expectation of privacy with regard to clothing cut off of him in a hospital emergency room and clarifies the laws surrounding false statements to police investigators. more »


Aug 9, 2011

A Chelsea man was arrested Sunday on a four-year-old warrant and formally charged yesterday for the attempted rape of a family friend, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSE LUIS LOBO (D.O.B. 12/3/84) was arraigned yesterday in Chelsea District Court on a complaint charging him with assault with intent to rape, indecent assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Assistant District Attorney Mordecai Morgan recommended that he be held on $7500 cash bail; Judge James LaMothe set bail at $750. more »


Aug 9, 2011

State Police detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash early this morning on Storrow Drive in Boston.

Detectives responded at about 1:20 this morning to the westbound portion of the roadway near the Bowker Overpass, where two men were ejected from a GMC Sierra. The passenger in that vehicle, a 22-year-old Needham man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The operator, also 22 of Needham, was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he remains in the Intensive Care Unit with life-threatening injuries. more »


Aug 5, 2011

A pair of alleged thieves weren’t interested in the bag lunch they stole from one victim, but they kept the bag of cigars they snatched from another – at least until MBTA Transit Police showed up, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOHN GLENNON (D.O.B. 11/20/77), who gave his address as the St. Francis House shelter on Boylston Street, and MALCOLM WILLIAMS (D.O.B. 3/26/93), who has no fixed address, were arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court this morning on two counts each of assault with intent to rob a person 60 or older and assault and battery on a person 60 or over. more »


Aug 5, 2011

A sightless, mentally ill Brighton man was committed to a secure psychiatric facility today after a judge agreed with prosecution and defense experts that he was not criminally responsible for the fatal stabbing of 56-year-old Terri Werner, a teacher he knew through a local school for the blind.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Geraldine Hines ordered LUIS MARQUEZ (D.O.B. 9/15/81) to a 40-day observation period at Bridgewater State Hospital after finding him not criminally responsible on a single count of second-degree murder. The charge arose out of Werner’s June 10, 2008, homicide inside Marquez’ Nonantum Street apartment. Prosecutors expect to seek his continued commitment to Bridgewater at a Sept. 16 status date. more »


Aug 4, 2011

A latent fingerprint on a handgun tossed from a moving SUV led a Dorchester gang associate to plead guilty and accept a state prison term rather than go to trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JAMAINE BURTON (D.O.B. 9/21/89), affiliated with gangs in the Lucerne and Mascot street areas, pleaded guilty Tuesday to being a Level I armed career criminal for unlawfully possessing a loaded handgun during the 2010 incident, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon for driving a sport-utility vehicle at Boston and State police. Burton was convicted in 2008 of unlawful possession of a firearm and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. more »


Aug 4, 2011

A Dorchester man who served three years in prison on gun and drug charges is back behind bars after being caught with a second unregistered firearm and more than two dozen retail-ready bags of crack cocaine, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SHAWN J. YOUNG (D.O.B. 12/26/80) was arraigned yesterday in Dorchester District Court on charges of trafficking in cocaine between 14 and 27 grams, violating the state’s drug laws within 1000’ of the John Marshall Elementary School, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition. more »


Aug 3, 2011

A thrice-convicted drunk driver was held on high bail for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, stealing a deliveryman’s car, and crashing it twice before being arrested just after midnight, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CHARLES RAMPINO (D.O.B. 9/28/63) of Jamaica Plain was arraigned this morning in Dorchester District Court on a nine-count complaint charging him with assault and battery, larceny of a motor vehicle, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, failing to stop for police, operating with a suspended license, and operating under the influence as a fourth offense.
Judge Michael J. Coyne set his bail at $75,000 cash, the amount recommended by Assistant District Attorney Peter Pasciucco. more »


Aug 3, 2011

A 25-year-old Dorchester woman was ordered to have no contact with her 1-year-old son after allegedly punching him on the face on board an MBTA bus yesterday afternoon, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ERICA RYAN (D.O.B. 7/24/86) was arraigned this morning in Roxbury District Court on a count of assault and battery on a child causing injury. Assistant District Attorney Esther Laine recommended that she be held on $25,000 cash bail and requested an order that she stay away from and have no contact with the boy; Judge David Weingarten set bail at $500 but imposed the stay away order. more »


Aug 3, 2011

The man accused of strangling 87-year-old Zahia Salem to death appeared in Suffolk Superior Court today, more than 20 years after a neighbor found her bloodied remains inside her South End residence, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CHARLES BROOK, Jr. (D.O.B. 10/3/44), a.k.a. CHARLES BROOKS, a.k.a. CHARLES LEWIS, also a one-time resident of the South End, was arraigned on a single count of first-degree murder today in connection with Salem’s Nov. 29, 1989, homicide. Acting on a request by Assistant District Attorney Ursula Knight of Conley’s Homicide Unit, Clerk Magistrate Gary D. Wilson ordered Brook held without bail. more »


Aug 2, 2011

Two men caught with a loaded handgun Friday and held on high bail yesterday may have been planning a shooting when they were interrupted by Boston Police, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DANTE BRAMWELL-ELLIOTT (D.O.B. 7/6/88) of Dorchester and MALCOLM CAMPBELL (D.O.B. 4/23/90) of South Boston were arraigned yesterday in Dorchester District Court on gun and drug charges stemming from their Friday evening arrests. more »


Aug 1, 2011

The Suffolk County Grand Jury on Friday returned an indictment charging a Dorchester man with murder for the 2004 homicide of Julaine Jules, setting the stage for his arraignment in Superior Court later this month, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The indictment charges SHABAZZ AUGUSTINE (D.O.B. 2/19/79) with first-degree murder for the asphyxiation death of the 26-year-old Malden resident, whose body was wrapped in plastic bags when it surfaced in the Charles River on Sept. 19, 2004. more »


Aug 1, 2011

A Chelsea man will be held without bail for as much as 60 days after his attempt to jump an MBTA fare gate got him arrested on gun charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

HAMILTON RODRIGUEZ (D.O.B. 1/23/91) was arraigned in South Boston District Court today on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm. Judge Michael Bolden set his bail on the gun charge at $20,000 and, at prosecutors’ request, revoked his open bail on a drug case out of Chelsea District Court. more »


Aug 1, 2011

An East Boston murder defendant duct taped the face and wrists of an older family friend, strangled him to death with a chain, and doused him with charcoal lighter fluid, then stole an television and electronics from the man’s house before returning and setting his remains on fire in the basement of a fully-occupied residential building, a Suffolk County prosecutor said at the suspect’s arraignment today.

MARCO TULIO FLORES (D.O.B. 10/3/93) allegedly told homicide detectives that he killed 27-year-old Jaime Galdamez because Galdamez had sexually molested him for years. Flores was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court this morning following his indictment on charges of first-degree murder and arson of a dwelling. At prosecutors’ request, Clerk Magistrate Gary D. Wilson ordered Flores held without bail. more »


Jul 29, 2011

A Mattapan man was held on high bail at his Dorchester District Court arraignment this afternoon on charges that he shot and seriously injured a 31-year-old man, nearly killing him, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

LEONARD YOUNG (D.O.B. 6/27/78) was charged with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, carrying a loaded firearm, and two additional firearms-related counts charged as second and subsequent offenses – carrying a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition – for his alleged role in today’s shooting. more »


Jul 28, 2011

An admitted serial rapist today pleaded guilty to three 1991 rapes, including one for which an innocent man was wrongly convicted, ending a case that revolutionized the ways eyewitness identifications are gathered in Suffolk County and DNA evidence is used in Massachusetts, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

Assistant District Attorney Leora Joseph recommended three consecutive state prison terms of 20 to 25 years for JERRY DIXON (D.O.B. 4/19/73) for the rapes of three different women in March, April, and July of 1991. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Carol Ball imposed three consecutive terms of 10 years each. more »


Jul 27, 2011

An Everett man was sentenced to state prison yesterday after admitting to carrying a loaded handgun in his backpack down a Savin Hill street last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Charles Hely sentenced DEONDRAE FORBES (D.O.B. 12/6/85) to three year behind bars followed by 18 months of probation, the terms recommended by Assistant District Attorney Melissa Brooks of Conley’s Major Felony Bureau. Forbes pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm. more »


Jul 27, 2011

A Mattapan woman remains held on high bail today after her Superior Court arraignment on charges that she ran down a 6-year-old boy in April, nearly killing him, before fleeing the scene and telling friends to lie on her behalf, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SHANIQUA NELSON (D.O.B. 3/12/92) was indicted July 12 by the Suffolk County Grand Jury, moving her case from district court to Suffolk Superior Court, where it will be adjudicated. Nelson was indicted on charges of leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and violating the state’s witness intimidation law, all in connection with the April 18 incident on Delhi Street. more »


Jul 26, 2011

A suburban couple’s night at a downtown bar ended in a police station lock-up after they punched, bit, and pulled a knife on three victims, including a Boston Police officer, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said in court this week.

JOHNATHAN COLLERAN (D.O.B. 6/18/82) and JENNA CIAMPA (D.O.B. 5/30/84), both of Stoneham, were arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court yesterday for their alleged actions on State Street early Sunday morning. Colleran was charged with three counts of assault and battery as well as single counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest. Ciampa was charged with assault and battery on a public employee. more »


Jul 25, 2011

A twice-convicted killer free during his second successful appeal had his bail revoked this morning for a beating and robbery attempt over the weekend, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
JOSEPH DOWNEY (D.O.B. 4/18/65) of Quincy was arraigned today in South Boston District Court on charges of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and attempted unarmed robbery for the July 23 incident inside a family member’s residence.

Assistant District Attorney Luke Goldworm recommended that Downey be held on $10,000 cash bail and that he be ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device, stay away from the victim and witnesses, and stay out of South Boston while the case is open. Goldworm also recommended that Downey’s open bail on his pending murder case be revoked. Judge Michael Bolden set bail at $5,000 cash, imposed all of the prosecutor’s recommended conditions, and revoked Downey’s open bail. more »


Jul 25, 2011

Two men were held without bail at their arraignments on unrelated Boston homicides today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JUNIOR FERNANDES (D.O.B. 5/5/89) of Dorchester was formally charged today with the murder and firearms offenses for the shooting death of his former girlfriend, 21-year-old Alessa Castellon, shortly after 3:00 Sunday morning. Assistant District Attorney David Fredette recommended that Fernandes be held without bail; Dorchester District Court Judge Kenneth Desmond granted that request. more »


Jul 25, 2011

A twice-convicted drunk driver was allegedly intoxicated again last week and driving with a suspended license when he struck a bicyclist stopped in a crosswalk and then hit the Boston Police officer who pulled him over, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Neither the 28-year-old female cyclist nor the Boston Police officer assigned to District 4 was seriously injured by VINODKUMAR PATEL (D.O.B. 10/16/52) of Jamaica Plain during the July 21 incident at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Boylston Street. Assistant District Attorney Christopher Henry recommended that Patel be held on $5000 at his arraignment Friday; Boston Municipal Court Judge Edward Redd released Patel on his own recognizance. more »


Jul 22, 2011

A North End man’s exuberance over a winning lottery scratch ticket was his undoing when his arrest for jumping on a stranger’s car and denting the hood led police to a sandwich bag full of marijuana in his pocket, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSEPH TAGLIERI (D.O.B. 12/12/79) was released on his own recognizance today following his arraignment in the Boston Municipal Court on charges of destruction of property and possession of more than an ounce of a Class D substance. He will return to court on Sept. 21 with attorney David Fitzgerald. more »


Jul 21, 2011

A convicted rapist living in Chelsea under a New Yorker’s identity allegedly pointed a gun at a woman’s head, stripped naked and shot an elderly man three times, threatened to kill a neighbor, and tried to carjack two more victims before fleeing the area and being arrested by a Braintree SWAT team earlier this month, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CHARLES N. DIORIO (D.O.B. 4/2/62), a.k.a. JOSEPH RABINOVICH, was arraigned yesterday on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault and battery, identity fraud, failure to register as a sex offender, four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of armed carjacking, and a slew of weapons offenses for the bizarre and violent series of events on Fifth Street throughout July 2. more »


Jul 20, 2011

The shooting death of 27-year-old Paul Fagan last year was the result of an “ongoing feud” between warring gangs, a Suffolk County homicide prosecutor said today.

KARL PRESCOTT (D.O.B. 1/18/83) and YONAS TEWOLDE (D.O.B. 7/5/82), both of Roxbury, were arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court this morning on charges of first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm for their alleged roles in Fagan’s May 2, 2010 homicide. more »


Jul 20, 2011

An alleged serial rapist identified in three brutal 1991 sexual assaults – including one for which an innocent man was wrongly convicted – is scheduled to appear in Suffolk Superior Court this afternoon, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JERRY DIXON (D.O.B. 4/19/73) of Dorchester is expected to appear in connection with a pending case charging him with multiple counts of aggravated rape for the attacks on March 20, 1991, in a wooded area off Townsend Street in Roxbury; on April 24, 1991, near the Academy Homes housing development in Roxbury; and on July 13, 1991, near Amory Street in Jamaica Plain. more »


Jul 19, 2011

A scooter operator charged with smashing a motorist’s window is now also a victim after the motorist’s husband allegedly beat him with his own helmet, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

NATHANIEL FREEDBERG (D.O.B. 10/28/59) of Allston was arraigned in Brighton District Court yesterday on a malicious destruction of property charge for allegedly smashing the window of a 36-year-old Brighton woman’s sport-utility with his helmet Sunday afternoon. more »


Jul 19, 2011

A second man charged in connection with the fatal 2009 shooting of 36-year-old Tyrone Smith pleaded guilty today, accepting more than 20 years in prison rather than face trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DARYL PULLEN (D.O.B. 6/20/88) pleaded guilty to manslaughter, assault, and weapons charges for taking part in the Jan. 7, 2009, shooting that left Smith dead in the foyer of a relative’s home. The man who fired the fatal shots, TREVON MASON (D.O.B. 12/30/87), is currently serving a life term for his role in the same incident. more »


Jul 19, 2011

A Dorchester man was held on $100,000 cash bail today following his arraignment on charges that he shot a one-time friend in the chest, killing him, during a fight at an MBTA station earlier this year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Assistant District Attorney Holly Broadbent for the first time today said that NHU NGUYEN (D.O.B. 5/5/92) was once friends with 19-year-old Derek Matulina, the man he allegedly shot to death at Savin Hill station on May 7, but the two became involved in an ongoing dispute over money Nguyen believed Matulina owed him from a drug transaction. more »


Jul 19, 2011

A second suspect has been charged in an apparent drug-related home invasion on Sewell Street last month, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MICHAEL FINKLEA (D.O.B. 12/9/90) of Mission Hill was arraigned yesterday in West Roxbury District Court on charges of home invasion, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon – specifically a glass bong – and unlawful possession of a firearm. Prosecutors recommended that he be held on $5,000 cash bail; Judge Patricia Bernstein set bail at $2,500. more »


Jul 18, 2011

The suspect in an early-morning stabbing told police that he was carrying a knife, but not the one he used to stab a man on LaGrange Street, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JAMES N. RANDOLPH (D.O.B. 6/27/60), who has no fixed address, was arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court this morning on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for allegedly stabbing a 53-year-old Mattapan man at about 2:40 this morning. Assistant District Attorney Katherine Powell recommended that he be held on $50,000 cash bail; Judge Edward Redd adopted that recommendation. more »


Jul 18, 2011

A Dorchester man already convicted of one armed robbery has been indicted for another for an incident in which he tried to rob a local business with a hammer, only to be shot by the store’s owner, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RAYMOND SIMS (D.O.B. 2/2/64) was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court following his June 21 indictment by the Suffolk County Grand Jury for armed robbery while masked. The indictment charges Sims, who was previously convicted in the same court in 2007, as a second or subsequent offender. more »


Jul 17, 2011

State Police detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office are investigating a collision that claimed the life of a motorcycle rider in Hyde Park this afternoon.

State Police and emergency medical technicians responded to the four-way intersection of Dedham, Enneking, and Turtle Pond parkways at about 4:30 p.m. for a report of a motor vehicle collision. A 45-year-old Hyde Park man who had been riding a motorcycle on Turtle Pond Parkway was suffering from life-threatening injuries. He was transported to Faulkner Hospital, where he was pronounced dead of his injuries. more »


Jul 14, 2011

A Dorchester man was held without bail on a murder charge stemming from the shooting death last month of 25-year-old Aaron Wornum in Dorchester, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
Assistant District Attorney David Fredette of Conley’s Homicide Unit today recommended that ANTHONY ROBERTSON (D.O.B. 5/19/91) be held without bail pending trial; Dorchester District Court Judge Rosalind Miller granted that request.

Fredette told the court that the victim and defendant were known to one another. Phone records obtained by investigators suggest the victim was on his cell phone just before the June 26 shooting, Fredette said, and additional investigation has linked the other phone to the defendant. more »


Jul 14, 2011

A Winthrop man with seven prior convictions for drunk driving is being held without bail following his arraignment this week on his eighth such case, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSEPH F. LIMONE (D.O.B. 6/18/51) gave a false name and failed each and every one of the field sobriety tests State Police administered during his July 12 arrest off Revere Beach Parkway, Conley said. more »


Jul 13, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office this week ensured that a Revere man will remain behind bars pending his trial on charges that he fired at least six shots at an ex-girlfriend’s home.

Assistant District Attorney Brenna Flynn yesterday convinced East Boston District Court Judge Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., that KOSHIN ABDULLAHI (D.O.B. 9/11/74) poses too great a threat to be released on bail in a case charging him with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, and assault with a dangerous weapon. Abdullah was first arraigned on those charges July 6; Flynn led a hearing yesterday under the state’s so-called dangerousness statute. more »


Jul 12, 2011

A Revere man beat his then-girlfriend’s child so badly that he may suffer permanent disabilities, then violated a restraining order by calling the mother more than a dozen times in the middle of the night, Suffolk County District County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s top child abuse prosecutor said today.

JOSEPH TESTA (D.O.B. 5/19/82) was indicted July 5 on charges of assault and battery on a child causing bodily injury, assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury, aggravated assault and battery, child endangerment, and violation of a restraining order. The indictments move Testa’s case from Chelsea District Court, where he was previously arraigned, to Suffolk Superior Court, where it will be adjudicated. more »


Jul 11, 2011

The man who stabbed 22-year-old Beau James Youngs to death during a fight outside a Boylston Street pharmacy pleaded guilty today, accepting up to 10 years in prison rather than face trial tomorrow, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KEVIN JAMES (D.O.B. 11/1/66), a.k.a. KEVIN WILSON, pleaded guilty to the indicted charge of manslaughter the day before jury selection was scheduled to begin in his trial. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Hickman of Conley’s Homicide Unit recommended a term of 10 to 12 years; Suffolk Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Donovan imposed a term of eight to 10 years. more »


Jul 8, 2011

A Dorchester man admitted his role the deadly ambush that killed 36-year-old Tyrone Smith, permanently injured his female cousin, and could have killed her 8-year-old son in the foyer of a Stanwood Street building two years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

TREVON MASON (D.O.B. 12/30/87) pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and firearms offenses for the Jan. 7, 2009, incident. He was sentenced to the mandatory term for that offense, life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years. Mason had initially been charged with first-degree murder. more »


Jul 8, 2011

The Roslindale man charged with running down 23-year-old Andrew Prior was so drunk after attending a rock concert that he later said he couldn’t believe a valet gave him back his keys, a Suffolk County prosecutor said today at his arraignment on motor vehicle homicide charges.

COLIN RATIU (D.O.B. 11/27/87) was formally charged in Suffolk Superior Court this afternoon with motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident causing death. The lead charge supersedes an earlier district court complaint charging him with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation. more »


Jul 7, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today invited non-profit organizations that work with kids and teens to apply for his annual series of cash awards that provide the young people of Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop with constructive alternatives to crime and drug use.

The annual funds, which total $50,000 this year, are disbursed from Conley’s Asset Forfeiture Reinvestment Program. The program takes cash and assets seized from drug dealers and awards them to Suffolk County organizations that help young people avoid drugs, gangs, and other risky activity. more »


Jul 7, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today announced upgraded charges against a Roslindale man charged with killing 23-year-old Andrew Prior in a collision on Tremont Street last year.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury on June 27 returned indictments charging COLIN RATIU (D.O.B. 11/27/87) with motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident causing death. Ratiu is expected to be arraigned on those charges in the Magistrate’s Session of Suffolk Superior Court at 2:00 tomorrow afternoon. more »


Jul 6, 2011

A Mattapan woman already facing serious motor vehicle offenses was arraigned today for allegedly running down a child and fleeing the scene while free on bail in the earlier case, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SHANIQUA NELSON (D.O.B. 3/12/92) was taken into custody on multiple new charges today at Dorchester District Court, where she had been scheduled to appear in connection with a March case alleging three counts of leaving the scene of an accident causing property damage, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, and single counts of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop for police, operating with a suspended license, and resisting arrest. more »


Jul 6, 2011

The mother and sister of Paula Castillo, murdered just days after her 18th birthday, told a packed courtroom today that they carry no hatred for the man who shot her to death, but that they still feel anger and deep sadness that her life was cut so short.

“The justice that Paula’s family found in a courtroom is no compensation for everything they lost,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. “But even through their grief, they showed grace, dignity, and strength. Knowing that Paula carried those same virtues makes her tragic death even more of a loss for her community.” more »


Jul 5, 2011

A Lynn man was held on $25,000 cash bail today following his arraignment for allegedly stabbing two men in Boston’s South End late last night, sending both to area hospitals, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSE R. SORIANO (D.O.B. 2/23/91) was charged this morning in Boston Municipal Court with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for allegedly stabbing two Cambridge men, one 22 and the other 26, on Huntington Avenue shortly before 11:30 p.m. Special Assistant District Attorney Sarah Solomon recommended that Soriano be held on $250,000 cash bail; Judge Annette Forde set bail at $25,000. more »


Jul 5, 2011

A Cambridge man’s open bail was revoked and new bail was set at $50,000 following his arraignment for allegedly sexually assaulting a young woman near the Charles River after meeting her in Harvard Square last night, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSEPH LEE BROWN (D.O.B. 6/22/89), who also goes by the name “Vocals,” was arraigned this morning in Brighton District Court on a rape charge stemming from the attack, which occurred in the area of Soldier’s Field Road near the John W. Weeks Footbridge. more »


Jul 1, 2011

A Suffolk Superior Court jury late this afternoon convicted three men in connection with the 2009 shooting death of 18-year-old Paula Castillo as she leaned out of the window of a Hyde Park home, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

Jurors convicted RUBEN SANCHEZ (D.O.B. 9/6/90), a Hyde Park man, of second-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and carrying a loaded firearm. Likewise, they convicted both MIGUEL VASQUEZ (D.O.B. 5/5/91) of Boston’s South End and ANDRES BREA (D.O.B. 1/25/90) of Roxbury of unlawful possession of a firearm and carrying a loaded firearm; jurors acquitted Vasquez of a third charge of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, and deadlocked on a count charging Brea with accessory after the fact to assault by means of a dangerous weapon. more »


Jun 30, 2011

A 32-year-old Dorchester man was ordered held without bail this morning at a district court arraignment for his alleged role in the 2004 murder of Julaine Jules, whose body was discovered in the Charles River four weeks after her family reported her missing, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

At his Dorchester District Court arraignment, SHABAZZ AUGUSTINE (D.O.B. 2/19/79) was formally charged with the 26-year-old Malden resident’s murder. more »


Jun 29, 2011

More than 20 years after Janet Phinney was found murdered in a wooded area near her West Roxbury home in an area known as the Grove, the young woman’s ex-boyfriend was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court and formally charged with her death.

“As a direct result of advancements in forensic science, Suffolk prosecutors together with Boston Police Cold Case Squad detectives were finally able to give news of an indictment and arrest to the family members of Janet Phinney, who have been waiting more than 20 years for this day,” District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. “This case and others like it demonstrate that my office, together with the Boston Police Department, will not give up when there is a chance of finding justice.” more »


Jun 28, 2011

Almost a quarter-century after 20-year-old Janet Phinney was found strangled in a wooded area behind her West Roxbury home in an area known as the Grove, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced the indictment and arrest of the victim’s ex-boyfriend for her homicide.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury today returned an indictment charging MICHAEL COKER (D.O.B. 7/3/62), a former Hyde Park resident, with first-degree murder for Phinney’s 1988 death. The victim was last seen by family members at the Cedar Road home where she lived with her parents and siblings on Mar. 18, 1988; Phinney’s body was discovered by a neighbor a few days later on March 21. more »


Jun 28, 2011

For the second time, a Suffolk Superior Court jury has declared itself hopelessly deadlocked in its deliberations of a Roxbury man accused of a fatal 2007 shooting.

SHAWN “SHANKS” DAUGHTRY (D.O.B. 5/14/80) of Roxbury, was charged with first-degree murder for the Sept. 20, 2007, shooting death of 29-year-old Urel Duncan. Duncan was sitting outside a Codman Park residence with friends when two men approached the group and opened fire, killing him and wounding another. more »


Jun 27, 2011

A Suffolk County prosecutor today told a Superior Court jury in a closing argument that the man who fired at a Hyde Park home after attending a party there, fatally striking an 18-year-old woman, did so after he and his two co-defendants were asked to leave the apartment.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Hickman told the court that, on the evening of Sept. 19, 2009, three men walked into a party at 28 Hillis Road – RUBEN SANCHEZ (D.O.B. 9/6/90) of Hyde Park, MIGUEL VASQUEZ (D.O.B. 5/5/91) of Boston’s South End and ANDRES BREA (D.O.B. 1/25/90) of Roxbury – and by approximately 3 a.m., Castillo was dead from a gunshot wound to the neck. more »


Jun 27, 2011

A Suffolk Superior Court clerk magistrate today ordered a 37-year-old man charged with killing a Chelsea man in the victim’s apartment held without bail, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MARIO CRUZADO (D.O.B. 7/10/73), who has no permanent address, was arraigned and charged with first-degree murder for the homicide of Frederick Allen. Chelsea Police officers discovered Allen’s body on Nov. 26, 2010 in the victim’s Bellingham Street home after receiving a 911 call. A Medical Examiner determined that the victim died of blunt force trauma to the head and strangulation. more »


Jun 24, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office has convinced a Superior Court judge that a man charged with mutilating his girlfriend is too dangerous to be released pending trial – even though that girlfriend now claims that she cut her own fingers off.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Patrick Brady today sided with Suffolk prosecutors, who had moved to hold JOSE GONZALEZ (D.O.B. 12/16/78) of Somerville under the state’s so-called “dangerousness statute.” Gonzalez was indicted June 6 on charges of mayhem and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for the attack on his 30-year-old girlfriend earlier this year. more »


Jun 24, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today issued the following statement on today’s sentencing of TERRELL MUHAMMAD (D.O.B. 12/8/63) in a Rhode Island courthouse to 15 years in prison with 13 to serve and the balance suspended with probation:

“Time after time, violent offense after violent offense, Terrell Muhammad has proven himself to be a threat to anyone who crossed his path,” Conley said. “This sentence is appropriate not only to his offenses in Rhode Island but also to his extensive criminal record. I hope it provides some sense of satisfaction to the families of Tommy Rose and Angela Skeete, to the Rhode Island officers he attacked, and to all the others this man has hurt.” more »


Jun 24, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today determined that a Boston Police officer and a State trooper acted appropriately when they returned fire against Manuel DaVeiga in Dorchester last year. DaVeiga shot himself during that encounter and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Under Massachusetts law, the Suffolk County District Attorney oversees all death investigations in Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop. Under that authority, Conley directed Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin, the chief of his Homicide Unit, to review the facts and circumstances of DaVeiga’s April 3, 2010, death on Navillus Terrace to determine whether criminal charges were warranted. more »


Jun 23, 2011

A 48-year-old Winthrop man charged with masturbating in front of two children at the Winthrop Public Library was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing in East Boston District Court today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

STEVEN T. STACY (D.O.B. 9/16/62) was arraigned this morning on charges of open and gross lewdness and enticement of a child under the age of 16, for the June 21 incident. Noting that the defendant has an open case pending in the same court for annoying and accosting a person of the opposite sex, Assistant District Attorney Brenna Flynn successfully filed a motion to keep Stacy behind bars pending a hearing under the state’s so-called “dangerousness statute,” scheduled for July 6. more »


Jun 22, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis today announced the indictments and arrests of 18 alleged drug dealers in Operation Tanglewood, a long-term investigation into cocaine and heroin distribution in the area of the Lenox Street Housing Development.

Police Commissioner Ed Davis stated, “This should serve as a clear message to any individuals engaging in violent activity in our communities. We will continue our relentless efforts to hold violent perpetrators accountable. We will not allow these individuals to destroy quality of life for hard-working, law-abiding community members.”

District Attorney Conley said, “The ease with which plainclothes officers bought cocaine and heroin over and over again shows just how brazen these defendants were. The density of drug retailers in this area forced residents to walk a gauntlet every time they left for school, came home from work, or went out to the store. They brought us their concerns, we acted, and the result is safer streets, homes, and parks for families and businesses.” more »


Jun 21, 2011

“By the time the defendant shot at Urel Duncan,” Assistant District Attorney Gretchen Lundgren told a Suffolk Superior Court jury this afternoon, “his anger and his frustration had been growing for ten days.”

Duncan was shot dead on the evening of Sept. 20, 2007, as he sat on the front steps of a Codman Park residence with four friends. One of those friends was also shot, allegedly at the hands of the defendant of whom Lundgren spoke – SHAWN “SHANKS” DAUGHTRY (D.O.B. 5/14/80), a Roxbury resident charged with first-degree murder for Duncan’s slaying, armed assault with intent to murder for the shooting of Duncan’s friend, and related firearms offenses. more »


Jun 20, 2011

Two men were arraigned and seven more will be summonsed to court in the near future for offenses at and after Saturday’s victory parade for the Boston Bruins, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MICHAEL K. EDDY (D.O.B. 8/22/88) of Reading was arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court this morning on charges of affray, disorderly conduct, assault and battery on a public employee, and two counts of assault and battery on ambulance personnel. He was released on his own recognizance and will return to court on Aug. 17. more »


Jun 20, 2011

A nationally-recognized anti-exploitation program will honor Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley this week for his work to protect the child victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

Conley will be honored at Turn on the Light: Coming Together to End the Exploitation of Girls, a fundraiser to support the My Life My Choice program, at the Copley Square Hotel. more »


Jun 17, 2011

A Dorchester man has been sentenced to two and a half years in state prison for stabbing two associates during an altercation on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Chinatown last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

TROY BRISON (D.O.B. 1/13/65) pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count of carrying a dangerous weapon – a knife – for the May 14, 2010, incident near the intersection of Essex Street and Surface Road. more »


Jun 16, 2011

Two men pleaded guilty and accepted imprisonment today rather than face trial on charges that they stole as much as $100,000 in merchandise from Copley Square businesses last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ROBERT DAVIDSON (D.O.B. 6/2/64) of Dorchester admitted to single counts of unarmed robbery and larceny over $250, receiving one and a half to two years in the House of Correction followed by 2 years of probation. KENNETH JAMES (D.O.B. 12/11/67) of Quincy admitted to receiving stolen property and larceny over $250, receiving three to five years in prison. more »


Jun 16, 2011

Five men were arraigned today for allegedly using the Boston Bruins’ Stanley Cup victory last night as an excuse to engage in disorderly and destructive behavior, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JUSTIN JERACKAS (D.O.B. 3/21/89) of Chester, New Hampshire; MICHAEL TRWARI (D.O.B. 9/30/82) of Andover; and BRANDON ZAGARELLA (D.O.B. 7/12/92) of Andover were arraigned in the Central Division of the Boston Municipal Court Department on five counts each of malicious destruction of property. more »


Jun 15, 2011

Faced with certain arrest for outstanding warrants or the possibility of death by subway train or electrocution, a Lynn woman allegedly chose the latter yesterday at the Ashmont MBTA station, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

OPHELIA WHEAT (D.O.B. 10/11/72) was arraigned yesterday in Dorchester District Court on charges of trespassing, resisting arrest, and obstructing a railroad for her alleged flight from MBTA Transit Police on Monday morning. Assistant District Attorney Christine Mandell recommended that she be held on $1,000 cash bail; Judge Michael Coyne released her on her own recognizance. more »


Jun 15, 2011

An East Boston man will serve up to five years in state prison for beating another man unconscious outside a Financial District bar hosting a bikini contest two years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury yesterday convicted KEVIN COLON, Jr. (D.O.B. 4/9/86) of aggravated assault and battery on a 47-year-old West Roxbury man in the early morning hours of June 4, 2009. Assistant District Attorney Philip O’Brien of Conley’s Senior Trial Unit recommended that he serve four to five years in state prison; Suffolk Superior Court Judge Judith Fabricant sentenced him to three to five years. more »


Jun 15, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today released the following statement on the death of 17-year-old Francis McInerney in West Roxbury late last night:

“The loss of Francis McInerney’s life on VFW Parkway last night is a terrible tragedy for his family, his friends, and the Catholic Memorial School community. That tragedy is compounded by the fact that they must now mourn his loss at what should have been a time of celebration as Francis completed his junior year and prepared for a bright future as a senior and a promising young man. more »


Jun 15, 2011

State Police detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office are investigating a collision on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury last night that claimed a young man’s life.

State Police responded to the area of Gardner Street shortly after 10:00 p.m. for a report of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle. That pedestrian, later identified as 17-year-old Francis McInerney of West Roxbury, was transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital with extensive injuries. He was pronounced deceased just before 1:00 a.m. more »


Jun 14, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today joined Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis at Boston Police Headquarters and delivered the following remarks on the officer-involved shooting of TYRONE CUMMINGS (D.O.B. 8/27/85) of Dorchester during an incident on Dunbar Avenue this morning:

“Of all the calls a police officer can respond to, few are more volatile than those involving domestic violence. We saw that in stark relief this morning. And while we’re deeply relieved that Officer Marando’s surgery this morning was successful, we’re also mindful that he was shot by a man who – at this early stage – appeared to have been preparing to use deadly violence against an intimate partner. more »


Jun 14, 2011

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today acquitted a Dorchester man of murdering 21-year-old John Paul Torres outside a party on Dudley Street two years ago.

RAFAEL LARA (D.O.B. 3/11/91) had been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly plunging a knife into Torres’ chest at about 3:45 on the morning of May 3, 2009, causing his death in a hospital bed three days later. more »


Jun 13, 2011

When a friend planned a birthday party for 18-year-old Paula Castillo, a Suffolk County prosecutor told a Superior Court jury in an opening statement this morning, “it wasn’t supposed to end with the death of a young woman.”

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Hickman told the court that, on the evening of Sept. 19, 2009, three men walked into that party at 28 Hillis Road – RUBEN SANCHEZ (D.O.B. 9/6/90) of Hyde Park, MIGUEL VASQUEZ (D.O.B. 5/5/91) of Boston’s South End and ANDRES BREA (D.O.B. 1/25/90) of Roxbury – and by approximately 3 a.m., Castillo was dead from a gunshot wound to the neck. more »


Jun 13, 2011

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a former Chelsea man’s first-degree murder conviction for strangling his estranged wife, 40-year-old Alicia Lao, to death more than a decade ago – the second time the state’s highest court has done so, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Today’s decision ensures that AGAPITO LAO (D.O.B. 7/10/58) will continue to serve out his sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for Alicia Lao’s May 2, 2000, death at his hands inside her Bellingham Street home. The defendant was first convicted in 2002, with that verdict affirmed by the SJC in 2005. more »


Jun 8, 2011

In an opening statement this morning, a Suffolk County prosecutor told a Superior Court jury at a homicide defendant’s re-trial that the victim of a 2007 fatal shooting was an innocent man who was sitting on a Roxbury stoop with friends when he was killed.

SHAWN “SHANKS” DAUGHTRY (D.O.B. 5/14/80) of Roxbury is charged with first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Urel Duncan on the evening of Sept. 20, 2007, and armed assault with intent to murder for the non-fatal shooting of Duncan’s then 19-year-old friend, who was seated next to him on the steps of a Codman Park residence. He is additionally charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm. more »


Jun 3, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley this week promoted Assistant District Attorney David Deakin to the new position of senior counsel to the district attorney and named two experienced lawyers to oversee drug prosecutions in Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.

Deakin, a Suffolk prosecutor since 1996 and an assistant district attorney in Norfolk County before that, will maintain his current title as chief of the DA’s Family Protection and Sexual Assault Bureau but will also work directly with the district attorney to chart the overall legal operation of the office, Conley said. more »


Jun 2, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today hailed a decision by the Supreme Judicial Court to uphold a gun-toting drug dealer’s conviction based on evidence recovered in a hotel room from which he’d been evicted, bringing Massachusetts in line with other jurisdictions nationwide.

The state’s highest court yesterday upheld the 2007 conviction of MARK MOLINA (D.O.B. 6/19/83), a former Fenway resident kicked out of the Colonnade Hotel after a series of run-ins with its staff on the night of June 17 and morning of June 18, 2005. Molina was found guilty of trafficking in cocaine, possession of Class C and Class D substances with intent to distribute, and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition; he was sentenced to three years in state prison followed by two years of probation. more »


Jun 1, 2011

A Dorchester man will spend the rest of his life in prison for shooting his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend to death during an argument in the woman’s Jamaica Plain home two years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Superior Court jury this afternoon convicted GREGORIO “MIKEY” LOPEZ (D.O.B. 9/3/90) of first-degree murder for shooting 32-year-old Shoughan Morgan in the chest, killing him, his girlfriend’s Mozart Street residence on March 11, 2009. more »


May 31, 2011

Members of Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s Homicide Unit gave closing arguments and opening statements in two unrelated murder trials today, with one case going to a jury and another getting under way.

Assistant District Attorney David Fredette this morning told jurors in the trial of GREGORIO “MIKEY” LOPEZ (D.O.B. 9/3/90) that Lopez had time to contemplate his actions when he shot 32-year-old Shoughan Morgan to death in the early morning of March 11, 2009. Morgan was the ex-boyfriend of Lopez’ girlfriend, in whose Mozart Street home the incident took place; Morgan came to visit that young woman but found Lopez instead, sparking a verbal altercation. more »


May 31, 2011

An alleged serial rapist was identified when one of his victims had the presence of mind to note his license plate number and provide it to Chelsea Police, leading to his identification in four other attacks, Suffolk County District attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

JOSE S. CASTILLO (D.O.B. 5/17/76) of Chelsea was arraigned this morning in Suffolk Superior Court on seven counts of aggravated rape, four counts of indecent assault and battery, and a series of related offenses. The indictments, returned May 18 by the Suffolk County Grand Jury, charge Castillo with the rapes and attempted rapes of five different women in Chelsea last fall. more »


May 27, 2011

A 17-year-old student was held on $25,000 cash bail for allegedly bringing a loaded gun to school with him yesterday, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

BRENDAN CAMPBELL (D.O.B. 8/15/92) of Roxbury was arraigned in East Boston District Court today on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, unlawfully carrying a firearm on school grounds, unlawful possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, and trespassing. more »


May 27, 2011

A Dorchester teen was formally charged today with ending a May 7 physical confrontation with a bullet to his opponent’s chest, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

NHU NGUYEN (D.O.B. 5/5/92) is charged with a single count of murder for the shooting death of 19-year-old Derek Matulina at an MBTA Red Line station. Dorchester District Court Judge James Coffey ordered Nguyen held without bail and ordered him to return to court on June 21. more »


May 25, 2011

A former Cambridge resident was taken into custody today following his arraignment on charges that he used his position as a payroll contractor to steal three-quarters of a million dollars from a health care center that served some of the city’s poorest residents, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The target of an 18-count indictment charging him with stealing $750,000 from the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, NZERIBE McKENZIE (D.O.B. 1/24/78) was handcuffed at his arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court and held in lieu of $7,500 cash bail. more »


May 24, 2011

An East Boston teen walked into a Boston Police station early this morning to admit strangling a man found dead in a Saratoga Street blaze Monday, a Suffolk County homicide prosecutor said during his arraignment on murder charges today.

MARCO TULIO FLORES (D.O.B. 10/3/93) of East Boston is charged with murder in connection with the adult male’s death Sunday night or yesterday morning. The victim’s name and age are being withheld until investigators can conclusively determine them. more »


May 24, 2011

A Saugus man will serve up to five years in state prison for stabbing an off-duty bartender during a failed robbery at a Revere gas station last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

SCOTT L. PARADIS (D.O.B. 5/28/87) pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of armed assault with intent to rob, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery for the March 18, 2010, incident on Broadway. more »


May 23, 2011

A Wellesley woman pleaded guilty to manslaughter and assault charges today, taking responsibility for the death of an unborn fetus rather than face trial, Suffolk County District attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

AYANNA WOODHOUSE (D.O.B. 3/16/85) admitted to beating a 26-year-old woman who was six months pregnant in a Dorchester nail salon on the evening of April 10, 2010. The expecting mother was hospitalized later that night; the baby girl was delivered by emergency Cesarean section early the next morning but was stillborn. more »


May 23, 2011

The man charged with murdering 32-year-old Shoughan Morgan argued with him, left the scene, returned with a shotgun, and fired it into his torso, killing him, a Suffolk County prosecutor said during opening statements in the man’s murder trial today.

GREGORIO “MIKEY” LOPEZ (D.O.B. 9/3/90) of Dorchester is charged with first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm for the 2009 incident at Lopez’ girlfriend’s Jamaica Plain home. That woman was Morgan’s ex-girlfriend. more »


May 20, 2011

A Saugus man wanted for deserting the U.S. Army was arraigned today for allegedly dragging a puppy down a Revere street, leaving its little paws so raw that one of them was bleeding, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ROBERT H. DAMBRA, Jr. (D.O.B. 2/5/81), a private first class on active duty, was arraigned in Chelsea District Court today on an animal cruelty charge for allegedly dragging the small dog by its leash yesterday evening. After speaking with the U.S. Army Deserter Information Point in Fort Knox, Kentucky, to confirm that he was wanted for desertion, Assistant District Attorney Nick Brandt recommended that Dambra be held without bail. more »


May 20, 2011

A Randolph man was held on $250,000 cash bail today following his arraignment for allegedly stabbing another man to death during an altercation that erupted as the victim kicked and punched at his car, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Boston Municipal Court Judge imposed that bail for DARRYL MITCHELL (D.O.B. 3/13/87), who surrendered himself yesterday to Boston Police after they obtained a warrant charging him with the May 15 death of 29-year-old Andrew Wyman. more »


May 19, 2011

Two men were arraigned in Suffolk County courtrooms today for unrelated Boston homicides that occurred more than 20 years apart, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

“Some cases are built in a period of days and some over decades,” Conley said. “But no matter when they occur, each one has the full attention of committed detectives and driven prosecutors who refuse to let go when there’s a chance of finding justice.” more »


May 19, 2011

More than 20 years after Richard Gleason was stabbed to death in Dorchester, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced the indictment and arrest of a former neighborhood resident for his homicide.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury on March 28 returned an indictment charging EUGENE SUTTON (D.O.B. 5/16/65) with first-degree murder for Gleason’s May 16, 1989, slaying inside a School Street apartment then frequented by crack cocaine users. Sutton will be arraigned at 2:30 this afternoon in the Magistrate’s Session of Suffolk Superior Court. more »


May 18, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today urged Massachusetts lawmakers to adopt statewide his policy of dismissing charges against minors arrested in prostitution cases, even as a South End man was being arraigned across town for trying to solicit sex from a 14-year-old girl in exchange for money.

Conley testified this afternoon before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary in support of a bill he filed in January that would mandate the termination of criminal charges against juveniles arrested in sex-for-fee cases and instead refer them to service providers – a policy he implemented locally five years ago after launching the program now known as Support to End Exploitation Now, or SEEN, in partnership with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County. more »


May 18, 2011

A Massachusetts College of Art student faces a list charges after Boston Police investigating a BB gun discharge discovered a stash of marijuana and ecstasy in his apartment earlier this month, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

NICHOLAS FORD (D.O.B. 9/15/88) of Allston was arraigned May 6 in Brighton District Court for possession of Class B and Class D substances with intent to distribute, unlawful discharge of a BB gun, and two counts of malicious destruction of property over $250. Judge David T. Donnelly set bail at $2500. more »


May 17, 2011

The South End drug dealer who killed Tommy Speed in the hallway of the Lenox Street housing development two years ago was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Jurors convicted GARRETT “G-WHIZ” JACKSON (D.O.B. 7/13/87) of first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm after about six hours of deliberations throughout yesterday and today. more »


May 16, 2011

Mere hours after a Suffolk County prosecutor outlined the case against him, a Roxbury gang member charged in the 2007 fatal shooting of Luis Gerena, Jr., took responsibility for his actions and accepted a lengthy state prison term, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

In a hearing this afternoon, DARRELL RODRIGUES (D.O.B. 5/24/90) pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, unlawful possession of a firearm, assault and battery on a witness in the case, and intimidation of a witness. Superior Court Judge Judith Fabricant sentenced Rodrigues to serve 14 to 15 years in state prison followed by five years of probation. more »


May 16, 2011

A two-month investigation in the Suffolk County Grand Jury led to additional charges against a Quincy man already accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl in his care, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced today.

In a six-count indictment returned May 6, SERGIO LARA (D.O.B. 7/10/57) is charged with rape of that 5-year-old child, indecent assault and battery on a second 5-year-old child, and two counts each of disseminating matter harmful to minors and open and gross lewdness for incidents involving two boys, ages 8 and 9. He was arraigned on those charges this morning in Suffolk Superior Court and held without bail pending a bail review sought by his attorney. more »


May 16, 2011

The man charged with shooting Tommy Speed to death in a hallway of the Lenox Street Housing Development two years ago had a motive and a plan to kill the rival drug dealer, a Suffolk County prosecutor told Superior Court jurors this morning in his closing argument.

Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin told the court that GARRETT “G-WHIZ” JACKSON (D.O.B. 7/13/87) had “a purpose and a plan” when he tracked Speed down, put a gun to the back of his head, and “executed his competitor.” more »


May 16, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, other law enforcement officials, and service providers for those victimized by the commercial sex trade will brief House lawmakers tomorrow in support of proposed legislation targeting human trafficking.

Representatives Elizabeth Malia and Martin Walsh, who called for the discussion, will host the event in Room B-1 of the State House beginning at 10:30 tomorrow morning.

In 2004, Conley and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County launched the Teen Prostitution Prevention Project – now known as Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) – and implemented a policy of terminating the prosecution of minors arrested in sex-for-fee cases to divert those exploited youth away from pimps and johns. In January, he filed a bill that would expand that “safe harbor” policy of treating prostituted youth as victims, rather than offenders, statewide. more »


May 16, 2011

A pair of alleged gang members shot 13-year-old Luis Gerena, Jr., dead after plotting to shoot the first person they saw who looked like a member of a rival group, a Suffolk County homicide prosecutor said in opening statements today.

DARRELL RODRGUES (D.O.B. 5/24/90) of Roxbury is charged with first-degree murder for his role in Gerena’s 2007 slaying. He is additionally charged with unlawful possession of the .32 caliber semiautomatic handgun used to kill him, assault and battery on a witness in the case, and intimidation of a witness. Today marked the first day of his trial in Suffolk Superior Court. more »


May 12, 2011

An alleged drug dealer’s mother inadvertently handed Boston Police more evidence against him when she provided them with a pair of his pants following his arrest, not knowing they contained 24 bags of cocaine and heroin, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

After arresting TRAVIS CURRY (D.O.B. 9/16/85) in a hand-to-hand plainclothes narcotics transaction in the foyer of his Tremont Street apartment building on the chilly afternoon of Feb. 9, Boston Police were approached by his mother. Because Curry was wearing shorts at the time, the officers asked her if she wanted to retrieve some warmer clothes for him to wear back to District B-2. more »


May 12, 2011

A Dorchester man was held on $5,000 cash bail today following his arraignment for allegedly sneaking into the women’s restroom at the Boston Public Library and peeking into an occupied stall, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said, but even if the defendant posts that amount he’ll be held for violating the terms of his ongoing probation.

JOSEPH D. BANKS (D.O.B. 6/20/63) was arraigned on charges of lewd, wanton, and lascivious conduct, disorderly conduct, and trespassing. Assistant District Attorney Spencer Lord recommended that he be held on $7,500 cash bail; Boston Municipal Court Judge Thomas C. Horgan set bail in the lower amount but ordered Banks held pending a probation surrender hearing in connection with 2010 assault and larceny convictions. more »


May 12, 2011

Further investigation by the Suffolk County Grand Jury resulted in murder charges against a man once charged as an accessory to Cordell McAfee’s murder last year, and both he and another defendant are now held without bail, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

LAVONRENCE PERKINS (D.O.B. 3/26/90) of Mattapan and ADAM SIMKINS (D.O.B. 10/10/88) of Dorchester were arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court today following their indictments on first-degree murder and related charges for McAfee’s May 7, 2010, shooting death. Both were ordered held without bail. more »


May 11, 2011

A former employee of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals took responsibility this morning for setting a fire that caused no deaths or injuries but seriously damaged the nonprofit organization’s animal hospital last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

WILLIAM FITZGERALD (D.O.B. 4/19/58) of Plymouth pleaded guilty to arson and causing injury to a firefighter for setting fire to the MSPCA-Angell Memorial Animal Hospital on South Huntington Avenue late in the evening of Feb. 19, 2010. more »


May 10, 2011

A Lawrence man was arraigned on burglary charges this week for allegedly breaking into a Brighton school, only to be detained by students while his alleged cohorts bolted from the scene without him, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSEPH BERRIO (D.O.B. 3/12/90) of Lawrence was arrested Saturday and arraigned yesterday in Brighton District Court. Assistant District Attorney Sulynn Walton recommended that he be held on $500 cash bail; Judge David T. Donnelly set bail at $200. more »


May 9, 2011

A Buzzards Bay man fled a motor vehicle stop in Boston and led police on a high speed chase before being apprehended almost 30 miles away in West Bridgewater, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said at the defendant’s arraignment today.

WILLIAM MONOPOLI (D.O.B. 9/17/84) was arraigned in Dorchester District Court this morning on a litany of charges stemming from Friday afternoon’s chase. Those charges included operating with a suspended license, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, resisting arrest, possession of a Class A substance, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. more »


May 6, 2011

An 18-year-old inmate at a Department of Youth Services center was ordered held for allegedly stomping a worker there after a younger inmate punched him so hard he fell to the floor and lost consciousness during a February incident that led to new charges against both of them, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KENNY LAMOUR (D.O.B. 10/15/93), a resident at the John J. Connelly Youth Center in Roslindale, was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court following his indictment on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for the Feb. 14 incident that left a worker there with serious injuries.
Assistant District Attorney Mark Zanini, chief of Conley’s Juvenile Unit, recommended that he be held on $10,000 cash bail; Clerk Magistrate Gary D. Wilson imposed that amount. more »


May 6, 2011

The Dorchester woman who allegedly stabbed her boyfriend to death earlier this year told Boston Police homicide detectives that he “ran into the knife” as she held it during an argument in her apartment, a Suffolk County prosecutor said today.

CHERRY CLINTON (D.O.B. 2/28/82) was indicted last month on a single count of second-degree murder for the Feb. 25 stabbing death of 23-year-old Lancelot Reid. She had been in custody since her arrest the same day; at her Superior Court arraignment today, Clerk Magistrate Gary Wilson set her bail at $250,000, the amount recommended by Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum. more »


May 6, 2011

The shooting death of Tommy Speed in the hallway of the Lenox Street Housing Development two years ago was part of a rival drug dealer’s “business plan,” the top homicide prosecutor in Suffolk County said today at the start of that man’s murder trial.

GARRETT “G-WHIZ” JACKSON (D.O.B. 7/13/87) is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Speed in the back of the head on the night of Feb. 11, 2009 – an act, Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin said, that was committed to “eliminate the competition.” more »


May 5, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today named Assistant District Attorney John P. Pappas as his new chief trial counsel, making the longtime homicide prosecutor the senior strategist in litigating more than 40,000 criminal cases per year in Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.

“John Pappas exemplifies the qualities I look for in a prosecutor,” Conley said of the lifelong Boston resident. “He’s fair, honest, and team-oriented. He has an exceptional command of criminal law and has excelled in every position he’s held throughout almost 20 years of public service.” more »


May 5, 2011

The Chelsea man who stabbed his roommate to death last year was sentenced to the maximum term for voluntary manslaughter today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Thomas Connolly imposed a term of 17 to 20 years in state prison on MARVIN RUANO GARCIA (D.O.B. 4/28/85) for the Jan. 5, 2010, slaying of 50-year-old Israel Vasquez in the Grove Street apartment they shared. Assistant District Attorney John Pappas had recommended a term of 19 to 20 years. more »


May 4, 2011

The Quincy man charged with bringing a gun to Roxbury court for an associate’s arraignment on his own gun charges has been indicted and will appear Friday in Suffolk Superior Court, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury yesterday returned indictments charging JAQUAN BENNETT (D.O.B. 6/6/91) with unlawful possession of a firearm as a second or subsequent offense, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm. more »


May 4, 2011

Two young men and a juvenile were arraigned today in connection with a near-fatal stabbing last week in the heart of downtown Boston that left a portion of the nation’s oldest city park sealed off with crime scene tape, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOHNNIE BONNIE (D.O.B. 6/28/92), JERMAINE GILLESPIE (D.O.B. 10/28/93), and a 15-YEAR-OLD MALE who is not being identified because he is a juvenile were all charged this morning with armed assault with intent to murder for their alleged roles in the incident, which unfolded near the intersection of Tremont and Park streets as rush hour began Friday evening. more »


May 3, 2011

Two men were arraigned on murder charges in Suffolk Superior Court today in connection with unrelated homicides they allegedly committed in Boston during the summer of 2009, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JORGE MERINO (D.O.B. 11/8/80) of East Boston was formally charged this morning with first-degree murder for the July 26, 2009, stabbing death of 33-year-old Jose Joaquin Ramirez, and AMOS “ACE” DON (D.O.B. 3/11/86) of Dorchester was arraigned a few hours later on the same charge for the shooting death of Erica Field, 29, in a Norwell Street truck storage lot on Aug. 25, 2009. more »


Apr 29, 2011

A Quincy man was held without bail pending a probation surrender hearing following his arraignment for allegedly bringing a loaded handgun to the parking lot of Roxbury District Court yesterday, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

At his arraignment today in the very same courthouse, JAQUAN BENNETT (D.O.B. 6/6/91) was held on $25,000 cash bail on the new arrest, which charges him as a second or subsequent gun offender. He was also held without bail as authorities seek an additional hearing for his alleged violation of probation. Bennett is on probation until September 2012 in connection with a 2009 firearm conviction in the Suffolk County Gun Court for which he served 18 months in the house of correction. more »


Apr 27, 2011

A Dorchester man will serve up to 15 years in state prison for a shooting that partially paralyzed a teenager who shielded his younger brother from the barrage, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

DAUNTE BEAL (D.O.B. 8/3/87) was convicted March 25 of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm as a Level II armed career criminal, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm. Jurors acquitted him of an additional count of armed assault with intent to murder. more »


Apr 26, 2011

A 37-year-old man charged with killing a 56-year-old man in the victim’s Bellingham Street apartment last year was today ordered held without bail, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MARIO CRUZADO (D.O.B. 7/10/73), who has no permanent address, was charged with one count of murder for the Nov. 26, 2010 homicide of Frederick Allen. A Medical Examiner determined that the victim died of blunt force trauma to the head. Cruzado was arrested last night by members of the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, State Police detectives assigned to DA Conley’s office, and Chelsea Police Department officers in the South End on a homicide warrant that was issued on April 13. more »


Apr 25, 2011

A Revere man was held on $15,000 cash bail today as prosecutors detailed the injuries he allegedly inflicted upon his girlfriend’s 5-year-old son last week, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSEPH TESTA (D.O.B. 5/19/82) was formally charged today with assault and battery on a child causing serious bodily injury, wantonly or recklessly permitting serious bodily injury to a child, and child endangerment. Assistant District Attorney David Deakin recommended that he be held on $250,000 bail. more »


Apr 22, 2011

Revere Police and State Police detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office today arrested a Revere man in connection with serious injuries to a 5-year-old boy.

JOSEPH TESTA (D.O.B. 5/19/82) was taken into custody this afternoon on charges of assault and battery on a child causing serious bodily injury, wantonly or recklessly permitting bodily injury to a child, and child endangerment. He is expected to be arraigned Monday in Chelsea District Court. more »


Apr 22, 2011

A one-time gang leader will serve at least 30 years in state prison for shooting a former ally in the back, paralyzing him and leaving him to die, all because the victim tried to renounce gang life, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Frank Gaziano sentenced DONALD RAY WILLIAMS (D.O.B. 10/4/84) of Dorchester to 19 to 20 years in prison for the attempted murder of a 20-year-old man who had once been his best friend, an additional 11- to 15- year term for inflicting injuries that will require the man to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life, and concurrent house of correction terms for unlawfully carrying the loaded firearm he used in the attack. more »


Apr 21, 2011

A Dorchester gang member was convicted today of trying to murder a one-time friend, shooting him in the back and paralyzing him for renouncing gang life, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury found DONALD RAY WILLIAMS (D.O.B. 10/4/84), a.k.a. “MANN,” guilty of armed assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm. The attack left the victim with injuries that will require him to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life. more »


Apr 19, 2011

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted a former Chelsea resident of stabbing his roommate to death, killing him, in an altercation early last year, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Jurors convicted MARVIN RUANO GARCIA (D.O.B. 4/28/85) of voluntary manslaughter for stabbing 50-year-old Israel Vasquez 30 times – including 10 times in the neck – before dumping him head first into a trash barrel and heading off to work on the morning of Jan. 5, 2010. more »


Apr 14, 2011

Two Roxbury youths were arraigned on felony charges this morning at their arraignment in connection with an assault on an MBTA bus driver that led to a slow-motion crash on Dudley Street, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Assistant District Attorney Andrius Knasas recommended that MICHAEL ANTHONY BAPTISTA (D.O.B. 1/13/92) and FELIX GARCIA (D.O.B. 8/24/92) be held on $10,000 cash bail each as they were formally charged with assault and battery on a public employee and wrongful interference with a passenger vehicle. Baptista was additionally charged with threatening to commit a crime. Knasas further recommended that both defendants wear a GPS tracking device, check in weekly with probation officers, stay away from the victim and witnesses, and abide by a curfew if they post bail. more »


Apr 11, 2011

The former head administrative clerk for the City of Boston’s Veterans’ Services Department was formally charged today with a litany of fraud-related offenses for allegedly overpaying health care aides and demanding cash in return, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSEPH H. MILLER (D.O.B. 9/3/53) of Beverly was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court this morning on a 20-count indictment charging him with seven counts of false statements by a public employee, seven counts of procurement fraud, two counts of solicitation of gifts by a public employee, two counts of larceny over $250, and single counts of attempted extortion and attempted larceny over $250. more »


Apr 10, 2011

State Police, Boston Police, and Suffolk County prosecutors are reminding residents and local colleges to use caution along the Charles River Esplanade in light of a sexual assault reported in that area last night.

The reminder comes after a student at an area college reported being assaulted as she sat on a park bench near Massachusetts Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. The assailant is described as a black male about 25 to 30 years old, 6’1” to 6’2”, about 230 lbs, with short hair and a missing front tooth. He was wearing black sweatpants and a green top. The man is said to have engaged the student in a lengthy conversation before assaulting her. She fled the area on foot and reported the assault after going to a friend’s residence to call Boston Police. more »


Apr 8, 2011

The Suffolk County Special Grand Jury today returned a sweeping 20-count indictment charging the former head administrative clerk for Boston’s Veterans’ Services Department with demanding kickbacks from two women he paid as health care aides, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The indictments charge JOSEPH H. MILLER (D.O.B. 9/3/53) of Beverly with seven counts of false statements by a public employee, seven counts of procurement fraud, two counts of solicitation of gifts by a public employee, two counts of larceny over $250, and single counts of extortion and attempted larceny over $250. more »


Apr 8, 2011

A Hyde Park man will spend more than a decade behind bars after a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted him of raping a young girl multiple times between 1998 and 2001, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

FRITZ OLMANDE (D.O.B. 8/13/60) was convicted yesterday of four counts of rape of a child and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child. The convictions followed a three-day trial and about a day of deliberations. more »


Apr 6, 2011

The second defendant charged in Fred Bing’s 2009 homicide pleaded guilty today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ABIONA SHARPE (D.O.B. 6/3/89) of Revere pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the 49-year-old Dorchester man’s shooting death on Wilcock Street on the night of May 13, 2009. He was sentenced to the mandatory life term plus a two-and-a-half-year house of correction sentence for unlawfully possessing the .22 caliber rifle he used that night. more »


Apr 6, 2011

The former director of the Revere Public Library was ordered not to leave the country today as he was formally charged with 21 counts of larceny, fraud, and embezzlement for allegedly using city funds to buy items he kept for himself or sold online, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury on March 15 indicted ROBERT RICE (D.O.B. 5/5/65) of Rowley for three counts of larceny over $350, three counts of embezzlement by a city officer, and 15 counts of procurement fraud. He was arraigned on those charges this morning in Suffolk Superior Court. more »


Apr 5, 2011

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted a 37-year-old Boston man of multiple counts of larceny for using fake checks and purchase orders to get companies around the country to send him merchandise without paying for it, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

KERR CARRINGTON (D.O.B. 1/10/74) was convicted of 13 counts of larceny, nine counts of attempted larceny, and 13 counts of uttering a false check, for offenses that occurred from May 2005 until his arrest in February of 2006. Judge Patrick Brady sentenced Carrington to eight-years in prison. That sentence is to be served consecutively following his completion of a 12- to 15-year sentence he is currently serving for convictions out of Middlesex and Essex Counties for similar offenses. more »


Apr 5, 2011

A Suffolk County prosecutor today convinced a Boston Municipal Court judge that a 32-year-old Somerville man was so dangerous as to warrant being held without bail pending trial, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSE GONZALEZ (D.O.B. 12/16/78) was arraigned yesterday and charged with mayhem for allegedly severing two of his girlfriend’s fingers with a knife. He was held pending this afternoon’s hearing under the state’s so-called “dangerousness statute.” more »


Apr 4, 2011

A Suffolk County prosecutor today told a Superior Court jury that MARVIN RUANO GARCIA (D.O.B. 4/28/85) stabbed his roommate a total of 30 times – including 10 times in the neck – before dumping him head first into a trash barrel and heading off to work.

Assistant District Attorney John Pappas told the court that Garcia, a resident of 96 Grove St. in Chelsea, started Jan. 5, 2010, in one of the most morbid ways possible. more »


Apr 4, 2011

A former high school basketball coach from New York has pleaded guilty to all indicted charges stemming from the abuse of a young player during a trip to Boston 35 years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

ROBERT “BOB” OLIVA, now a resident of South Carolina, pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape of a child and one count of disseminating pornography to a minor. The charges reflect Oliva’s actions during a trip he took to Boston with a boy, then 14, in the summer of 1976. more »


Mar 29, 2011

A Dorchester man was held on $1 million dollars cash bail today following his indictment for two previously-unsolved rapes in the fall of 2004, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Assistant District Attorney David Deakin, chief of Conley’s Family Protection and Sexual Assault Bureau, recommended that amount at the arraignment of ANWAR THOMAS (D.O.B. 5/9/82) in Suffolk Superior Court this morning, citing “extraordinarily strong” evidence of his guilt and the incentive it provides him to flee the charges. more »


Mar 25, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s top homicide prosecutor today gave the most detailed account to date of the murder of Stephanie Moulton, a 25-year-old counselor at a Revere group home, at the hands of a resident.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury yesterday returned an indictment charging DESHAWN JAMES CHAPPELL (D.O.B. 9/9/83) with first-degree murder for Moulton’s death earlier this year. Chappell was arraigned on that charge late this morning in Suffolk Superior Court. more »


Mar 24, 2011

A Dorchester teen today admitted he was one of two drive-by gunmen who fired on a group on Wilcock Street in Mattapan two years ago, killing 49-year-old Fred Bing, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DAMANTE BURRELL (D.O.B. 9/5/92) pleaded guilty to manslaughter and unlawful possession of a firearm at an emotional hearing in Suffolk Superior Court this morning, accepting a prison term of 15 to 25 years after apologizing to Bing’s family. His co-defendant is expected to face trial on first-degree murder charges next month. more »


Mar 24, 2011

Two Dorchester men were sentenced to jail yesterday after juries in their separate cases convicted them of firearms offenses in the Suffolk County Gun Court, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

TREON MAYERS (D.O.B. 11/28/83) was sentenced to two years in the House of Correction to be followed by four years of probation. HAKEEM COLEMAN (D.O.B. 5/29/78) was sentenced to two and a half years in the House of Correction and a second two-and-a-half-year term that will be suspended for six and a half years. more »


Mar 22, 2011

Weeks after a jury convicted three men in the fatal 2009 beating of Jose “Danny” Alicea, the last defendants facing homicide charges in connection with his death pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter rather than face trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

“Thirteen defendants were charged and thirteen defendants were held accountable,” Conley said.

JUSTIN COOKE (D.O.B. 1/17/84), JONATHAN FERNANDEZ (D.O.B. 12/24/85), and RUSKYN GARCIA (D.O.B. 5/21/84) were sentenced to state prison terms today for their roles in the Aug. 21, 2009, beating of Alicea near Club 33 on Stanhope Street. Alicea died of his injuries three days later. more »


Mar 18, 2011

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a Dorchester man’s conviction for stabbing a co-worker to death at a Copley Place restaurant kitchen, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Appeals Court affirmed IVAN LORENZO SOSA’s involuntary manslaughter conviction stemming from the Sept. 15, 2006, stabbing death of 39-year-old Carlos Borrero, Jr., in the Turner Fisheries Restaurant at Copley Square’s Westin Hotel, where both men worked. The fatal injury was a stab wound that penetrated the victim’s right lung, causing him to bleed to death. more »


Mar 18, 2011

A man wanted for attempted murder in Puerto Rico was apprehended in Chelsea this week and held without bail at his arraignment as a fugitive from justice, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Acting on information developed during a lengthy investigation, members of the US Marshal’s Service, State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, and Chelsea Police Department arrested MICHAEL ROLDAN-COTTO (D.O.B. 4/26/90) yesterday afternoon on a warrant out of San Juan. more »


Mar 16, 2011

An Roslindale teen remains held without bail today following his indictment for the murder of one man and the attempted murder of another on board an MBTA bus last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KIM GROSS, Jr. (D.O.B. 12/7/92) was indicted March 9 on charges of first-degree murder, armed assault with intent to murder, and aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for the Nov. 2, 2010, stabbing death of 21-year-old Richard Allen and his 18-year-old friend shortly after they boarded a Route 44 bus in Roxbury. more »


Mar 16, 2011

The Suffolk County Grand Jury yesterday returned a 21-count indictment charging the former director of the Revere Public Library with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars by purchasing items with city funds and either keeping them or selling them and pocketing the proceeds, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The indictments charge ROBERT RICE (D.O.B. 5/5/65) of Rowley with three counts of larceny over $250, three counts of embezzlement by a city officer, and 15 counts of procurement fraud. All of the offenses are felonies. Rice is expected to face arraignment on the charges in Suffolk Superior Court on April 1. more »


Mar 15, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley is joining local, state, and federal partners in unveiling a new advertising campaign to draw attention to young people exploited through human trafficking.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, with Dr. Barbara Ferrer of the Boston Public Health Commission (left) and Mayor Thomas Menino (right), speaks at the unveiling of a new ad campaign raising awareness of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. The ads mimic posts on websites and newspapers that promote the exploitation of underage boys and girls.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, with Dr. Barbara Ferrer of the Boston Public Health Commission (left) and Mayor Thomas Menino (right), spoke at the Sept. 28 unveiling of a new ad campaign raising awareness of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation at South Station. The ads mimic posts on websites and newspapers that promote the exploitation of underage boys and girls.

“Sexual trafficking exists because of a demand,” Conley said at a press conference at South Station on September 28 announcing the awareness camapign. “That demand is aided and abetted by websites and newspapers with ads for sexual services. As these posters make clear, those services are all too often coerced out of young teens, both boys and girls, who have been pressured, tricked, and even forced into a life that deprives them of choice and dignity.”

Partners in the effort include US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, Mayor Thomas Menino, Dr. Barbara Ferrer of the Boston Public Health Commission, and Audrey Porter, assistant director and coordinator of survivor services for the My Life My Choice Project, which helps the young victims of commercial sexual exploitation, Massachusetts State Police Lieutenant Colonel Frank Matthews, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, and MBTA Transit Police Deputy Chief Joseph O’Connor.

The multi-disciplinary coalition, which is centered largely around the Family Justice Center of Boston, includes scores of service providers from various non-profit and child protection agencies, all of whom lent their support to a series of advertisements that mimic ads found online and in print offering sexual services for a fee.

Under the heading “Seductive Blonde Angel, 19,” one such ad reads, “I’m the girl behind this ad. I’m 15 years old … I don’t know how to get out of this life but I know this – I fear the man who sells me and I hate the men who buy me.”

Another example of an ad that will be displayed on trains and buses during the human trafficking awareness campaign.

Ads like this one, that mimic posts on websites and newspapers that exploit underage boys and girls, will appear in city trains and buses to raise awareness about human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

In 2004, Conley implemented a policy under which juveniles arrested in sex-for-fee cases are treated as victims rather than criminal offenders. Working hand-in-hand with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County, prosecutors dismiss criminal charges against those young people and instead connect them with medical care, counseling, job training, and other services. Earlier this year, he filed a bill that would expand that policy statewide.

“But changing the law isn’t enough,” Conley said during the press conference. “We have to change public perceptions as well. We need to make self-respect and respect for intimate partners something every adult will talk about when raising, teaching, or mentoring a youngster. That might sound like a tough topic for parents and caregivers to confront, but it can be done – and we’re here to help you do it.”

Click here to read DA Conley’s remarks at the Sept. 28, 2011 press conference announcing the human trafficking awareness campaign.

Safe Harbor Legislation
Children and teenagers coerced into prostitution aren’t criminal offenders: they’re victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Under the direction of District Attorney Conley, the Suffolk County DA’s office is at the forefront of efforts to provide them with the services and care that all child abuse victims deserve.

District Attorney Conley, the Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) coalition, and police in Boston, Revere, Chelsea and Winthrop have been working for the past five years to divert prostituted youth away from “the life.” Just as important, they’re working to steer those children toward agencies that will turn their lives around. Across Massachusetts, however, the laws on the books still treat juveniles arrested for prostitution as delinquents, subject to criminal penalties up to and including secure confinement. This juvenile justice response can be re-traumatizing, it doesn’t recognize the child’s victimization, and it doesn’t provide access to services and protection.

With the support of more than 35 public and private agencies, District Attorney Conley and the SEEN Coalition have proposed the Massachusetts Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Act, which would create an avenue by which juveniles arrested in prostitution cases would be considered victim of exploitations rather than criminal offenders. The bill would mandate access to services including shelter, food, clothing, medical care, and counseling. If passed by the Legislature, it would further ensure that cases of commercial exploitation would be referred to and investigated by law enforcement and the district attorney’s office.

The bill defines a “sexually exploited child” as a person under the age of 18 who is a victim of sex trafficking as defined under federal law, or who engages in conduct described as sex for a fee, is a victim of being induced into prostitution, or engages in acts of common street walking or common night walking, all as defined under Massachusetts law. It further presumes that a sexually exploited child is not committing a crime, but is a victim of exploitation and is presumed to be a child in need of services (CHINS), or subject to the care and protection of the state.

How the new system will work:

  • The bill will allow for “appropriate services” to assist in the planning and care of child victims of sexual exploitation. These services include shelter, advocacy, medical care, and counseling, and aid the child in escaping exploitation;
  • It authorizes the court to hold a hearing to determine whether the case should be handled as a delinquency proceeding or whether it should be replaced with a CHINS or care and protection proceeding. If a child is not in compliance with court orders pursuant to a CHINS case or a care and protection case, the court may re-initiate the delinquency case;
  • It requires that mandated reporters file a report of suspected abuse and neglect (51A) on behalf of child victims of commercial sexual exploitation;
  •  It authorizes the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to provide services to sexually exploited children and;
  • Requires DCF to report commercial sexual exploitation of children to the district attorney and law enforcement so that the pimps and johns who exploit youth can be held accountable;
  • It also requires a team of professionals, including members of the police department, social service providers, the department of children and families, the district attorney’s office, and others to convene in order to cooperatively assess the needs of the child and recommend a plan for services.

In conjunction with the Safe Harbor legislation, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has filed An Act Relative to the Commercial Exploitation of People, which creates the crime of trafficking persons for the purpose of sexual servitude, increases the penalties for pimps who exploit underage prostitutes and johns who solicit them, and allows for the forfeiture of funds generated from prostitution to be given to the victim as restitution. To read DA Conley’s testimony to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, click here.

For more information about the AG’s legislation, click here.


Mar 15, 2011

A Revere man was held on high bail yesterday after he allegedly tried and failed to snatch a woman’s purse, then grabbed her companion’s bag and the laptop computer it contained, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

VIKTOR KLEIN (D.O.B.4/10/82) was arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court and charged with unarmed robbery and attempted robbery for the March 12 incident. In his request for a high bail, Assistant District Attorney Spencer Lord noted that Klein had previously been convicted of robbery offenses in Worcester Superior Court and has a criminal history in Texas. Judge Thomas C. Horgan set bail at $20,000. more »


Mar 15, 2011

Three men were sentenced to state prison terms today for the fatal beating of 22-year-old Jose “Danny” Alicea, a new father, near a downtown nightclub two years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Assistant District Attorney David Fredette of Conley’s Homicide Unit recommended that DANIEL EK (D.O.B. 7/13/86) serve 10 to 14 years in prison, that JOHAN GARCIA (D.O.B. 11/24/80) and ANTHONY VILLALOBOS (D.O.B. 12/29/87) serve 8 to 12 years in state prison, and that all three serve three years of probation upon their release. The men were convicted of involuntary manslaughter and other offenses on Feb. 28. more »


Mar 14, 2011

A former East Boston resident was returned to Boston this weekend following his arrest in Virginia for the stabbing death of 33-year-old Jose Ramirez in the East Boston apartment they once shared, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

JORGE MERINO (D.O.B. 11/8/80) was just days away from deportation when Boston Police homicide detectives located him and charged him with murder for allegedly slashing Ramirez’ throat inside their Marion Street apartment on the morning of July 26, 2009, leading to Ramirez’ death three days later. Merino is expected to be arraigned on that charge today in East Boston District Court. more »


Mar 10, 2011

A Chelsea woman was held on $1 million cash bail today after a Suffolk County prosecutor said she admitted to setting a Christmas Eve fire that killed 20-year-old Crystal Blanchard, left her boyfriend with third-degree burns, and injured two firefighters, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MELISSA PFEIFFER (D.O.B. 1/12/84) was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court today on a five-count indictment charging her with second-degree murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon – specifically fire – causing serious injury, arson, and two counts of causing injury to a firefighter as a result of criminal conduct. The Suffolk County Grand Jury returned the indictments Tuesday. more »


Mar 8, 2011

A repeat drunk driver from Revere drove to his arraignment yesterday even though his license had been suspended after his fourth drunk driving offense Saturday, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

In requesting $1,000 cash bail for JESSE DALRYMPLE (D.O.B. 6/24/66), Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Brandt told the court that Dalrymple blew a .18 on a Breathalyzer test – more than double the legal limit for driving. Brandt also told the court that Dalrymple had convictions in Ayer and Somerville for operating under the influence in 1994 and 1990, and that he admitted to facts sufficient for a finding of guilty for the same offense in Charlestown in 1987. more »


Mar 7, 2011

The suspect in a triple stabbing that left Daniel Hernandez-Martinez dead in an early morning street fight was held without bail at his arraignment on murder and related charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

OSCAR GUTTIEREZ-NUNES (D.O.B. 2/11/84) of Chelsea is charged with murder for allegedly stabbing Hernandez-Martinez to death near the intersection of Everett Avenue and Carter Street just before 1:00 Friday morning. He is additionally charged with two counts of armed assault with intent to murder for allegedly stabbing a 29-year-old East Boston man and a 19-year-old Revere man during the same incident. more »


Mar 7, 2011

A Dorchester man will serve up to 20 years in state prison for shooting a 45-year-old woman as she enjoyed a night on the porch two summers ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Friday convicted DERRICK RICHARDSON (D.O.B. 12/23/89) of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. more »


Mar 4, 2011

Chelsea Police and State Police homicide detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office this afternoon arrested a Chelsea man in connection with three stabbings early this morning, one of them fatal.

OSCAR GUTTIEREZ-NUNES (D.O.B. 2/11/84) was arrested at Chelsea Police headquarters. He is expected to face arraignment Monday on one count of murder, one count of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. more »


Mar 4, 2011

A Dorchester man was arraigned today for allegedly punching and pushing three women – including a pregnant woman and his own ex-girlfriend – on an MBTA Orange Line train yesterday, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ANTWAUN D. THOMPSON (D.O.B. 2/7/86) is charged with two counts of assault and battery and one count of aggravated assault and battery for punching a former girlfriend, a 22-year-old Roxbury woman, and two of her friends, a 28-year-old Dorchester woman who is eight-months pregnant and a 21-year-old Boston woman. more »


Mar 4, 2011

A man who runs a local school transportation service has been charged with sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl placed in his care, Revere Police Chief Terence Reardon and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

Revere Police arrested SERGIO LARA (D.O.B. 7/10/57) on March 2. Suffolk prosecutors arraigned him in Chelsea District Court yesterday on one count each of rape of a child and indecent assault and battery on a child. He was held on $100,000 cash bail and ordered to return to court on March 31. more »


Mar 2, 2011

Two men were arraigned on gun charges this afternoon in connection with a homicide investigation that remains open and active, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ANDREW FLONORY (D.O.B. 1/12/85) of Brockton and JOSHUA HOLLIS (D.O.B. 10/23/88) of Cambridge were both charged with unlawful possession of a firearm following their arrests in separate cars at a parking garage in Boston’s Theater District early this morning. more »


Feb 28, 2011

A 29-year-old woman was charged with murder this morning for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend to death in her home on Friday, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

CHERRY CLINTON (2/28/82) was arraigned today in Dorchester District Court on a murder charge stemming from the fatal stabbing of 23-year-old Lancelot Reid of Dorchester in the Franklin Field housing development apartment where she lives. Judge Kenneth Desmond ordered that Clinton be held without bail. more »


Feb 28, 2011

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted three men of beating 22-year-old Jose “Danny” Alicea to death outside a downtown nightclub two summers ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Jurors returned their verdicts this morning, convicting DANIEL EK (D.O.B. 7/13/86) and JOHAN GARCIA (D.O.B. 11/24/80), both of Lynn, and ANTHONY VILLALOBOS (D.O.B. 12/29/87) of Revere of involuntary manslaughter. On Feb. 4, the fifth day of trial, JASON BENALFEW (D.O.B. 11/13/82) of Lynn pleaded guilty to the same offense. more »


Feb 27, 2011

State Police detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office and Chelsea Police detectives are seeking a vehicle in connection with a violent physical assault early this morning on Parker Street.

The vehicle is described as a four-door, gray car, possibly a Nissan Altima or an Audi and possibly manufactured in the early 2000s, with red numbered license plates. Authorities believe the driver of the vehicle, a dark-haired adult male between 5’7” and 5’10” with a medium build, may have information helpful to investigators. more »


Feb 25, 2011

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today acquitted a Roxbury man of murder in connection with the March 30, 2007, shooting death of 18-year-old Dwayne Graham as Graham rode a crowded MBTA bus.

JONATHAN SANDERS (D.O.B. 7/8/89) had been charged with murder for the incident, in which Graham was shot in the head as his Route 23 bus was stopped near the intersection of Normandy and Washington streets. Sanders died of his injury the next day. more »


Feb 24, 2011

A Jamaica Plain man and his Roxbury passenger were held on $5,000 cash bail today for allegedly driving at a Boston Police officer during a motor vehicle stop yesterday evening, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

PEDRO OSCAR ARROYO SANTANA (D.O.B. 11/1/89), the driver, and KELVIN ALBERTO DIAZ SOTO (D.O.B. 11/28/85), his passenger, were arraigned in Roxbury District Court today on charges of armed assault to murder. As the operator of the 1998 Honda Accord, Santana was additionally charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. more »


Feb 24, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today named Patrick M. Haggan his new first assistant, placing the office’s highly-regarded chief trial counsel in charge of all prosecutions in Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.

“Throughout his career, Pat Haggan has demonstrated all of the qualities and values I hold dear,” Conley said. “He discharges his duties with adherence to the highest level of professional ethics. He is an incredibly hard worker and is always willing to help another with advice and counsel. Pat possesses the legal ability, the talent, and the unerring judgment that the job of first assistant district attorney requires.” more »


Feb 22, 2011

A Suffolk County homicide prosecutor today urged a panel of jurors to use a murder defendant’s alleged admissions and “hold him to his words.”

JONATHAN SANDERS (D.O.B. 7/8/89) is charged with second-degree murder for the March 30, 2007, shooting death of 18-year-old Dwayne Graham as Graham rode a crowded MBTA bus near the intersection of Normandy and Washington streets. more »


Feb 15, 2011

Former Boston Celtics guard and Hub native Dana Barros and a live musical act will join Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley next week at the DA’s annual Basketball for Peace event in Dorchester next week, with every young attendee receiving free tickets to the Boston Sports Museum.

Now in their third year, the Feb. 22 games will also feature free food and drink from mainstay supporters at The Olive Garden, which also provides refreshments for Conley’s Soccer for Peace tournaments each summer. more »


Feb 15, 2011

A motor vehicle homicide suspect was back in court today after police found a marijuana grow room while executing a search warrant at his Roslindale home, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

COLIN RATIU (D.O.B. 11/27/87) and his wife, SADE HOLLIDAY (D.O.B. 2/1/86), were arraigned this morning in West Roxbury District Court on charges of cultivating marijuana and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute. more »


Feb 14, 2011

A district court judge today ordered that a Roslindale man who allegedly struck and killed a scooter operator in Roxbury and then fled the scene not drive during the pendency of the case, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

COLIN RATIU (D.O.B. 11/27/87) was arraigned at the Roxbury District Court and charged with one count of motor vehicle homicide and leaving the scene of an accident causing death. Assistant District Attorney David Bradley of Conley’s Major Felony Bureau requested that Ratiu be held on $25,000 cash bail, and, should he make bail, that he surrender his passport and that he not drive during the pendency of the case. Judge David Poole ordered that the defendant be held on $7,500 bail, and imposed the Commonwealth’s recommended conditions. more »


Feb 14, 2011

A Roslindale youth was held without bail today as he was formally charged with the murder of 21-year-old Richard Allen on board an MBTA bus last fall, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

In addition to being held for Allen’s fatal stabbing, KIM GROSS, Jr. (D.O.B. 12/7/92), was held on $25,000 cash bail for allegedly stabbing a second victim non-fatally during the same Nov. 2 incident on a Route 44 bus near the intersection of Humboldt Avenue and Wyoming Street. more »


Feb 14, 2011

Suffolk County appellate prosecutors have prevailed at the Supreme Judicial Court in three recent challenges to first-degree murder convictions, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

“Boston Police and Suffolk prosecutors alike know a homicide case doesn’t end with an arrest, an indictment, or even a conviction,” Conley said. “It ends with an argument before the state’s highest court. Our Appeals Division has earned its reputation for excellence in legal research and oral presentation of every single case.” more »


Feb 11, 2011

A suspect is in custody for a double stabbing on an MBTA bus last year that left one young man dead and another injured, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Boston Police today arrested KIM GROSS, Jr. (D.O.B. 12/7/92), of Roslindale on a murder charge stemming from the Nov. 2, 2010, stabbing death of 21-year-old Richard Allen. Gross is additionally charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for the non-fatal stabbing of a second victim, then 18, and unlawful possession of a firearm for an unregistered firearm recovered from the car in which he was arrested today. more »


Feb 10, 2011

A Hyde Park man acquitted of murder was sentenced to the maximum penalty for possessing a firearm in the vicinity of a fatal 2008 shootout, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Frank Gaziano sentenced KEVIN LOUIS (D.O.B. 7/2/87) to four years and 11 months to five years in state prison, the term recommended by Assistant District Attorney Daniel Mulhern following Louis’ conviction Tuesday for unlawful possession of a firearm. more »


Feb 10, 2011

An “ongoing, intense hatred between two gangs” led to angry words and then a gunshot that left 18-year-old Dwayne Graham dead on the floor of an MBTA bus, a senior Suffolk County homicide prosecutor said today.

That shot was fired by JONATHAN SANDERS (D.O.B. 7/8/89) as the Route 23 bus on which Graham was riding near the intersection of Washington Street and Columbia Road in Dorchester on the afternoon of March 30, 2007. Sanders is on trial for first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm. more »


Feb 8, 2011

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today acquitted a Hyde Park man of murder charges stemming from the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Roniel Marc but convicted him of three gun crime he committed during the fatal 2008 gun battle.

Jurors acquitted KEVIN LOUIS (D.O.B. 7/2/87) of second-degree murder but convicted him of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm. Louis will be sentenced for those offenses Thursday morning at 9:00. more »


Feb 8, 2011

A former Mattapan man was sentenced to life in prison today following his admission to the 1995 murder of Zandera Sullivan in a crime of deadly domestic violence, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

PATRICK ANTHONY BROWN (D.O.B. 9/12/73), also known as DERRICK MALLOY, pleaded guilty yesterday to the crimes of second-degree murder and armed home invasion as his trial was scheduled to begin in Suffolk Superior Court. more »


Feb 7, 2011

After more than 15 years of evading justice for the murder of Zandera Sullivan, a former Mattapan resident today admitted to stabbing the Jamaica Plain man to death in what prosecutors called a deadly act of domestic violence, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

PATRICK ANTHONY BROWN (D.O.B. 9/12/73), also known as DERRICK MALLOY, pleaded guilty to the crimes of second-degree murder and armed home invasion as his trial was scheduled to begin in Suffolk Superior Court this morning. He faces a mandatory life term when Judge Judith Fabricant sentences him tomorrow morning. more »


Feb 1, 2011

A Dorchester teen was committed to the Department of Youth Services today following his admission to a stabbing spree last year that left his mother near death, three other female relatives with stab wounds, and two others with serious injuries.

DARIUS YOUNG (D.O.B. 2/25/93) pleaded guilty on Jan. 19 to five counts of armed assault with intent to murder and seven counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for incidents in his Dorchester home on Feb. 3, 2010, and at his then-girlfriend’s Revere home on Feb. 7, 2010. Suffolk prosecutors indicted Young as a youthful offender, exposing him to the same penalties as an adult. more »


Jan 30, 2011

State Police homicide detectives assigned to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office and Revere Police are investigating the shooting death last night of a man inside a Revere residence.

Mario Rosa, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene by Cataldo Ambulance personnel shortly after Revere Police responded to his 170 Bellingham Ave. home just before 10:00 p.m. Rosa had sustained fatal gunshot injuries. more »


Jan 28, 2011

Though he didn’t fire the fatal shot, the man charged with murdering 17-year-old Roniel Marc bears responsibility for his death because he chose to engage in a gunfight in the middle of a residential neighborhood, a Suffolk County prosecutor said in opening statements today.

Marc was shot to death after an altercation erupted at a Hyde Park barbecue on July 4, 2008, Assistant District Attorney Daniel Mulhern said. KEVIN LOUIS (D.O.B. 7/2/87) of Hyde Park is charged with second-degree murder and firearms offenses for his death. more »


Jan 27, 2011

A Chelsea man was held on high bail today following his arraignment on charges that he was drunk when he drove into 36-year-old Julio Vaquerano in Chelsea last month, then left the scene, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

LUIS GABRIEL ESCALANTE (D.O.B. 1/30/88) was arraigned in Chelsea District Court this afternoon on charges of felony motor vehicle homicide, leaving the scene of an accident causing death, and operating under the influence of alcohol. Assistant District Attorney Gregory Henning of Conley’s Major Felony Bureau recommended that he be held on $250,000 cash bail; Judge Sabita Singh set bail at $100,000. more »


Jan 27, 2011

A Quincy man was released without monetary bail following his arraignment yesterday for allegedly driving a car toward a relative and two Boston Police officers during an incident in West Roxbury last month, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Assistant District Attorney Joseph Pagliarulo, the supervisor of Conley’s staff at West Roxbury District Court, recommended that ROBERT D. MAYNARD (D.O.B. 8/18/71) of Quincy be held on $1,000 bail during his arraignment on three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of malicious destruction of property. Judge Rosalind Miller declined to set monetary bail but did order Maynard to continue receiving mental health treatment. more »


Jan 26, 2011

A Chelsea man is under arrest for the death of 36-year-old Julio Vaquerano last month, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said tonight.

State Police homicide detectives assigned to Conley’s office and Chelsea Police detectives this evening arrested LUIS GABRIEL ESCALANTE (D.O.B. 1/30/88) on charges of felony motor vehicle homicide, leaving the scene of an accident causing death, and operating under the influence. He is expected to be arraigned on those charges tomorrow morning in Chelsea District Court. more »


Jan 26, 2011

A Malden man spent an evening socializing with Angel Acevedo and Jenret Appleberry in their Chelsea home before shooting them to death in cold blood on Labor Day, a Suffolk County homicide prosecutor said as he was formally charged with their murders.

In addition to two counts of first-degree murder, STEVEN ANDRE (D.O.B. 5/5/88) is charged with single counts of assault with a dangerous weapon for brandishing a gun at a third victim who was unharmed, armed robbery, and unlawful possession of a firearm. Assistant District Attorney John Pappas recommended that Andre be held without bail pending trial; Suffolk Superior Court Clerk Magistrate Gary D. Wilson granted that request. more »


Jan 24, 2011

A Lynn man will serve at least six months behind bars for swinging at an MBTA inspector while shouting racist slurs in a downtown subway station last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

DANIEL JOURDET (D.O.B. 5/2/57) pleaded guilty to assault and battery and violating a person’s civil rights as his trial was set to begin in the Boston Municipal Court today. Judge Mark Hart Summerville sentenced Jourdet to two and a half years in a house of correction with six months to serve up front and the balance suspended for a probationary period of three years. If Jourdet reoffends during that time, he could be ordered to serve out the remainder of his sentence. more »


Jan 24, 2011

A Newton man was charged today with groping a Boston woman on an MBTA trolley last week, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JACOB SHIN (D.O.B. 1/8/75) was arraigned this afternoon on a single count of indecent assault and battery. Assistant District Attorney Lawrence Bates recommended that he be held on $7,000 cash bail; Judge Tracy-Lee Lyons set bail at $5,000 and further ordered Shin to stay off the MBTA and wear a GPS monitoring device if he posts bail. more »


Jan 24, 2011

The state’s highest court last week upheld the 2007 conviction of a Chelsea man who raped a teenager before beating her to death with a rock and setting her body on fire, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

The Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday unanimously affirmed MELVIN MARTINEZ’s convictions for first-degree murder and aggravated rape. The convictions stem from the July 16, 2002, rape and murder of 18-year-old Monica Mejia. more »


Jan 23, 2011

State Police detectives assigned to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office are investigating a single-car rollover on 93 Southbound in Dorchester that left the vehicle’s passenger in critical condition early this morning.

PATRICK FAY (D.O.B. 7/27/86) of Holbrook is charged with operating under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. He is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court tomorrow. more »


Jan 21, 2011

The Mattapan man charged with murdering 22-year-old Cordell McAfee was held without bail today, three days after local, state, and federal authorities found him hiding beneath a bed in Rhode Island, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

LAVONRENCE PERKINS (D.O.B. 3/26/90) was arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm. The charges stem from McAfee’s shooting death in Dorchester last year. more »


Jan 21, 2011

The man who allegedly murdered a counselor at his group home in Revere yesterday was ordered off to a secure facility today for a mental health evaluation, Suffolk County District attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DESHAWN JAMES CHAPPELL (D.O.B. 9/9/83), formerly of Chelsea, was scheduled to be arraigned on a single count of murder for the death of 25-year-old Stephanie Moulton. Instead, after hearing from a court clinician, Chelsea District Court Judge James H. Wexler ordered Chappell transported to Bridgewater State Hospital. more »


Jan 20, 2011

A suspended State trooper pleaded guilty to four felonies today, admitting that he colluded with others to provide fraudulent vehicle inspection forms in exchange for cash payments, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

ROBERT A. FORREST, Jr., 62, pleaded guilty to all the charges for which he was indicted last year: bribery, making a false statement in an application for a title certificate, conspiracy to commit bribery, and conspiracy to make a false statement in an application for a title certificate. more »


Jan 20, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today joined Revere Police Chief Terence Reardon and delivered the following remarks at Revere Police Headquarters: more »


Jan 19, 2011

Suffolk County prosecutors today convinced a Roxbury District Court judge that a hate crime suspect was so dangerous as to warrant being held without bail pending trial, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

WILLIAM BRAXTON (D.O.B. 3/22/60), who claims residence at the St. Francis House shelter in Chinatown, was arraigned Jan. 14 on multiple assault- and civil rights-related offenses but held pending today’s hearing under the state’s so-called “dangerousness statute.” Braxton is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, attempted robbery, violating a person’s civil rights, and disorderly conduct for allegedly kicking and beating two women while screaming homophobic slurs at them. more »


Jan 19, 2011

State Police assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office are investigating the discovery of a dead body on Revere Beach Boulevard this morning.

The remains are those of an Asian male believed to be in his early 20s. Investigators have made a tentative identification but are waiting to confirm it and notify the man’s next of kin before releasing it. more »


Jan 19, 2011

The last of three men charged in connection with the murders of four people in an early-morning Mattapan massacre was held without bail following his arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court this morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

EDWARD WASHINGTON (D.O.B. 3/28/79) of Dorchester was arraigned today on four counts of murder for the Sept. 28 shooting deaths of Eyanna Flonory, 21, of Dorchester; her 2-year-old son, Amanihotep Smith; Simba Martin, 21, of Dorchester; and LeVaughn Washum-Garrison, 22, of Roslindale. more »


Jan 18, 2011

A South Boston man allegedly confessed his guilt immediately after Boston Police gave him his Miranda rights following his arrest for the robbery of a Back Bay pharmacy, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

COLLIN M. WALLACE (D.O.B. 7/9/89) was arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court this morning on charges of armed robbery and resisting arrest. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Elle Rackmann, Judge Shannon Frisson set his bail at $10,000. more »


Jan 18, 2011

One of three men charged in connection with the fatal shootings of four people in Mattapan last year took part in the armed robbery that led to the murders but had driven the proceeds away from scene by the time they were committed, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s chief homicide prosecutor said in court today.

KIMANI WASHINGTON (D.O.B. 10/17/75) of Dorchester was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court this morning following his indictment for home invasion, armed robbery, armed carjacking, trafficking in more than 28 grams of cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm as a Level III armed career criminal. more »


Jan 17, 2011

State Police homicide detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office and Chelsea Police detectives are investigating a single-car crash that killed a Chelsea man early this morning.

Evidence suggests that JOSE FUENTES (D.O.B. 5/20/86) of Chelsea was driving without a valid license when he drove a 2006 Cadillac CTS off an elevated portion of Route 1 northbound and onto Spruce Street, causing fatal injuries to his back seat passenger, 24-year-old Khang Luu, at about 2:00 this morning. more »


Jan 14, 2011

A Dorchester man was sent for a mental health evaluation yesterday after allegedly striking two women with his cane, hurling homophobic slurs at them, threatening to shoot the Boston Police who arrested him, and telling the judge who arraigned him that he would kill someone, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

HENRY L. ALEXANDER (D.O.B. 2/11/69) was arraigned yesterday in Dorchester District Court on two counts each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, violation of civil rights, assault with a dangerous weapon, and threats to commit a crime. more »


Jan 13, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today released the following statement on the appointment of First Assistant District Attorney Josh Wall as interim director of the Massachusetts Parole Board: more »


Jan 12, 2011

A Hyde Park man was held on high bail yesterday after a probation check-in turned up a handgun, ammunition, and substances believed to be marijuana and cocaine, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

West Roxbury District Court Judge Michael J. Coyne ordered DULIERE LEMAIRE (D.O.B. 2/1/78) held on $100,000 cash bail on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute, and unlawful possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute. more »


Jan 11, 2011

A Mattapan remains behind bars today following his indictment and Superior Court arraignment as a principal in the murders of four people in Mattapan late last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DWAYNE MOORE (D.O.B. 6/25/77) was formally charged today with four counts of first-degree murder for the Sept. 28 shooting deaths of Eyanna Flonory, 21, of Dorchester; her 2-year-old son, Amanihotep Smith; Simba Martin, 21, of Dorchester; and LeVaughn Washum-Garrison, 22, of Roslindale. more »


Jan 10, 2011

A Quincy man was held on half a million dollars’ cash bail today following his arraignment on charges that he pointed a loaded assault rifle at a Boston Police officer after a car and foot chase late Saturday night, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MARVIN VEIGA (D.O.B. 2/15/89) was arraigned today on two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest for allegedly pointing a loaded Colt .223 caliber semiautomatic rifle at a pair of Boston Police officers during the 11:00 incident near the intersection of Morrissey Boulevard and Freeport Street. more »


Jan 10, 2011

City and state officials will gather today in advance of tomorrow’s observance of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day to announce the region’s collaborative effort to end demand for human trafficking.

Assembling today are Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, State Representatives Liz Malia and Martin Walsh, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Boston Public Health Commission Chief Medical Officer Nancy Norman on behalf of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Boston City Councilor-at-Large Ayanna Pressley, representatives of agencies based at the Family Justice Center of Boston, and leaders of about a dozen of the partner agencies comprising Suffolk County’s Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) program. more »


Jan 7, 2011

A 21-year-old Chelsea man was ordered held without bail today at his Suffolk Superior Court arraignment on charges that he allegedly stabbed 30-year-old Carlos Ramirez to death outside the defendant’s residence late last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Indicted Dec. 21 by the Suffolk County Grand Jury, DENNIS BOWEN (D.O.B. 9/8/89) was formally charged today with one count of second-degree murder for Ramirez’ fatal stabbing outside 759 Broadway, where Bowen lived. more »


Jan 7, 2011

The Suffolk County Grand Jury today returned indictments charging three men with a total of 23 offenses stemming from the shooting deaths of two men, a young woman, and her infant son on Woolson Street last fall, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. more »


Jan 7, 2011

A Chelsea woman was held without bail following her arraignment on murder and arson charges stemming from the death of 20-year-old Crystal Lynn Blanchard in a fire on Christmas Eve, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MELISSA PFEIFFER (D.O.B. 1/12/84) and her boyfriend lived at 265 Spruce St. in an apartment below that of Blanchard and her boyfriend, Assistant District Attorney Mark Lee said during this afternoon’s proceedings in Chelsea District Court. more »


Jan 6, 2011

State Police homicide detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office and Chelsea Police detectives tonight arrested a Spruce Street woman in connection with the death of 20-year-old Crystal Lynn Blanchard in a Christmas Eve house fire.

MELISSA PFEIFFER (D.O.B. 1/12/84) is expected to face arraignment tomorrow in Chelsea District Court on charges of murder and arson. Pfeiffer was taken into custody this evening at Chelsea Police headquarters. more »


Jan 6, 2011

Suffolk County prosecutors will argue against the appeals of two convicted murderers tomorrow in separate cases arising out of the shooting deaths of innocent men felled by gang violence, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Members of Conley’s Appeals Division will challenge the appeals of ANDRE “DRE ROCK” WALKER (D.O.B. 8/5/80), currently serving a life term plus six to eight years for the 2000 shooting death of 18-year-old Francis Stephens and the non-fatal shooting of a second victim, and JOHN GOMES (D.O.B. 2/19/77), also serving life plus nine to 10 years for the 2002 shooting death of 45-year-old Ildobrando Correia. more »


Jan 5, 2011

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley took the oath of office for the fourth time this evening, entering his third full term as the chief law enforcement officer for Boston Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop at his alma mater, Suffolk University School of Law. 

“It’s no accident that district attorneys are the only members of the criminal justice system who are elected to office and stand directly accountable to the people they serve,” Conley said in remarks after leading 138 assistant district attorneys in their own oaths. “It is necessary and right that we prove ourselves worthy, in character and conduct, of the enormous powers we wield.”  more »


Jan 4, 2011

An East Boston man wanted for allegedly beating, slashing, and robbing a woman last summer was arrested this weekend and held on high bail at his arraignment yesterday, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

PAUL A. MORANI (D.O.B. 7/13/87) was formally charged yesterday with multiple counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, as well as a single count of armed robbery and related offenses for the July 30 incident at the 20-year-old victim’s Revere home. Suffolk prosecutors recommended that he be held on $75,000 cash bail; Judge D. Dunbar Livingston set bail at $10,000. more »