Press Releases from the last 30 days
Apr 17, 2015

BOSTON, April 17, 2015—A South End man was arraigned yesterday on charges he filmed a stranger in the bathroom of a clothing store, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ROCCO COLLELA (D.O.B. 3/18/85) was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on a charge of videotaping an unsuspecting person in the nude in connection with the February incident near Downtown Crossing.  Judge Thomas Horgan released Collela on his own recognizance with orders to stay away from the location of the offense. more »

Apr 17, 2015

BOSTON, April 17, 2015—The state’s appellate courts this week affirmed murder convictions in the unrelated slayings of Jose Lane in Roxbury and Braulio Gomez in Chelsea, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts yesterday rejected an appeal by Lane’s killer, MICHAEL JACKSON (D.O.B. 11/27/84), who challenged his first-degree murder conviction in the 2002 fatal shooting on the steps of the 24-year-old victim’s Creston Street home.

Separately, the Massachusetts Appeals Court on Wednesday denied SANTOS PORTILLO (D.O.B. 7/4/90) in his effort to undo a 2013 second-degree murder conviction in Gomez’ fatal shooting on Central Avenue in 2011. more »

Apr 15, 2015

BOSTON, April 15, 2015—A Tewksbury man already facing charges for a November assault was arraigned today on an additional charge of violating his victim’s civil rights in the alleged hate crime, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RYAN SUGRUE (D.O.B. 3/6/91) was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court on one count of violating a person’s civil rights in connection with a Nov. 30 attack on another man on New Chardon Street. That charge supplements existing charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery for which he has already been arraigned. Prosecutors recommended $1500 cash bail; his bail was set at $1000. more »

Apr 14, 2015

BOSTON, April 14, 2015—An Everett man who fled the state after allegedly stabbing a teenager nearly to death in Chelsea last month has been captured and held on high bail, authorities said today.

Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes, State Police Colonel Timothy Alben, and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced the arrest, extradition, and arraignment of JUAN SANTANA-RUIZ (D.O.B. 9/5/74) on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery. The charges arise out of the stabbing of a 17-year-old Chelsea male at a Washington Street restaurant last month. more »

Apr 13, 2015

BOSTON, April 13, 2015—A Roxbury man out on bail in an earlier assault and battery case was ordered held without bail for the next 90 days after he opened fire near a school yard filled with children, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SEMAJ LEARY (D.O.B. 7/18/94) was arraigned this morning on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm as a subsequent offense, carrying a loaded firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling. more »

Apr 13, 2015

BOSTON, April 13, 2015—The Dorchester man who led Boston Police on a chase after he struck and injured a teenager last summer has been sentenced to two and a half years behind bars, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

A Dorchester Municipal Court jury on Friday found MANUEL AFONSECA (D.O.B. 9/30/81) guilty of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident causing personal injury, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident causing property damage, and failure to stop for police. more »

Apr 9, 2015

BOSTON, April 9, 2015—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today congratulated a longtime staff member honored yesterday for her innovation and dedication in serving child victims of abuse and exploitation.

Jacquelyn Lamont, the DA’s director of youth safety and outreach and forensic interviewer in the office’s Child Protection Unit, received the Innovations Award from the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance during the 2015 Massachusetts Victim Rights Awards Ceremony at the State House yesterday morning.  The award is given to service providers, agencies, and individuals responsible for innovative programs and policies to help crime victims in Massachusetts. more »

Apr 8, 2015

BOSTON, April 8, 2015—A man and woman today pleaded guilty to extorting thousands of dollars from victims through threatening phone calls, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSE O. CARRASQUILLO (D.O.B. 5/1/81) and JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ (D.O.B. 8/1/83), both of Springfield, appeared today in Suffolk Superior Court, where they admitted to taking part in a conspiracy to extort money by claiming that they held the victim’s loved one captive and would harm the captive if ransom was not paid.

“The so-called ‘kidnap scam’ has been used across the country,” Conley said. “In almost every case, investigators have learned very quickly that the nominal victims were safe and sound. Cases like these can be frightening, but victims who slow down and check on their loved ones can avoid significant financial losses.” more »

Apr 8, 2015

BOSTON, April 8, 2015— A Dorchester man was arraigned last week on charges he kidnapped a man at gunpoint after firing shots outside a Chelsea restaurant, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

ROBERTO ORTIZ (D.O.B. 6/1/95) was arraigned Friday in Chelsea District Court on charges of armed kidnapping, armed assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, discharging a firearm with 500 feet of a building, and vandalism. more »

Apr 7, 2015

BOSTON, April 7, 2015—A Lynn man has been found guilty of murder in the shooting death of his friend, 18-year-old Christopher Pichardo, during a 2012 drug robbery that he helped plan, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

STEPHANE ETIENNE (D.O.B. 11/8/93) was convicted late today of second-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, armed robbery, home invasion, and possession of a Class D substance.  He was acquitted of an additional charged of armed robbery. more »

Apr 7, 2015

BOSTON, April 7, 2015—State Police assigned to the Suffolk DA’s Office and Revere Police detectives are investigating the discovery of a body in the yard of an Endicott Avenue yesterday morning.

Revere Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli and District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said the body has been identified as that of a 40-year-old East Boston man. Though there were no immediate signs of violence, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will attempt to determine the cause, manner, and approximate time of his death. Because the preliminary investigation did not immediately suggest foul play, his identity is not being released at this time. more »

Apr 6, 2015

BOSTON, April 6, 2015— The man who fatally shot 30-year-old Dinorris Alston was sentenced to life in prison and an additional term of 12 years for shooting and injuring the man’s companion as they sat in a car enjoying a warm April day three years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

MAURICE “MO” JONES (D.O.B. 12/29/93) appeared in Suffolk Superior Court today for sentencing after a jury convicted him last month of first-degree murder under the theories of premeditated murder and extreme atrocity and cruelty, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm.  Assistant District Attorney Julie Higgins of the DA’s Homicide Unit asked Judge Linda Giles to impose the mandatory sentence for first-degree murder of life in prison without the possibility of parole, followed by consecutive terms of 14 to 15 years for the assault on the surviving victim and four to five years on the firearm charge.  Giles imposed the mandated life term and a consecutive term of eight to 12 years in prison for the non-fatal shooting and a concurrent sentence of three to four years for carrying the illegal firearm that he used in the April 17, 2012, shootings. more »

Apr 2, 2015

BOSTON, April 2, 2015—Suffolk prosecutors today indicted five men charged with the separate murders of Kenneth Lamour and Ryan Morrissey earlier this year, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury today returned indictments charging DONTE HENLEY (D.O.B. 5/18/90) of South Boston and JOSIAH ZACHERY (D.O.B. 7/13/96) of Hyde Park with first-degree murder for Lamour’s shooting death as he shoveled snow in Jamaica Plain following a February storm. Zachery was additionally indicted for armed assault with intent to murder and unlawful possession of a firearm for allegedly firing at a Boston Police officer while fleeing the scene. more »

Apr 2, 2015

BOSTON, April 2, 2015—The Suffolk County Grand Jury today returned indictments charging an off-duty police officer with civil rights violations while assaulting a livery driver earlier this year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said.

MICHAEL DOHERTY (D.O.B. 11/7/74) of South Boston was indicted on two counts of assault and battery and one count each of assault and battery for purposes of intimidation, violation of constitutional rights, and use of a motor vehicle without authority in connection with assaults and ethnic slurs against one Uber driver and ethnic slurs while verbally threatening a second driver who attempted to intervene in the assaults. more »

Mar 31, 2015

BOSTON, March 31, 2015— An East Boston teen who police were forced to shoot with a beanbag gun was arraigned in her hospital bed on attempted murder and other charges after she cut the neck and face of a child, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SANDY CASTILLO (D.O.B. 6/2/96) was arraigned today at Massachusetts General Hospital on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery on a child causing substantial injury, assault and battery on a family or household member, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery on a public employee.  Assistant District Attorney Janine D’Amico requested bail of $50,000 and orders that Castillo wear a GPS monitor and stay away and have no contact with the victim and his family in the event she is released on monetary bail.  Judge John McDonald imposed $35,000 bail and ordered the requested conditions of release. more »

Mar 28, 2015

BOSTON, March 28, 2015—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today offered prayers for a Boston Police officer who was shot in the face by a gunman, and he pledged an impartial review of the Roxbury incident that left the apparent suspect dead and another person with minor injuries.

“Our thoughts and prayers today are with the officer and his loved ones,” Conley said. “He has the whole city behind him as we’re reminded yet again of the dangers that confront police at every car stop and call for service. In the days and weeks to come, as we gather the evidence surrounding this incident, the public can count on a full and transparent account of the facts. For now, we’re giving the investigators the tools and the time they need to do the job right.” more »

Mar 27, 2015

BOSTON, March 27, 2015— A personal care assistant has been indicted for allegedly stealing more than $128,000 from a disabled veteran while she was caring for him, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans announced.

The Suffolk County grand jury yesterday returned indictments charging MICHELLE ALLIX (D.O.B. 12/11/66) of South Boston with eight counts of larceny over $250 from a person over 60 or disabled.  She is expected to be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on April 16. more »

Mar 27, 2015

BOSTON, March 27, 2015—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, and nearly 275 volunteers will climb Boston’s tallest building tomorrow in support of young victims of abuse, neglect, and sexual exploitation.

Suffolk prosecutors and victim advocates, Boston Police officers, and others will scale the 60-story stairwell of the John Hancock Tower for the second annual Ginormous Climb, a vertical charity run to raise funds for and awareness of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County. more »

Mar 26, 2015

BOSTON, March 26, 2015—A Jamaica Plain woman who claimed to be a Boston Marathon bombing victim is expected in court next week after she was indicted for receiving almost $40,000 in benefits that police and prosecutors say were fraudulently obtained, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury on March 10 returned indictments charging JOANNA LEIGH (D.O.B. 2/1/74) with five counts of larceny over $250 by false pretense and one count of making a false claim to a government agency. She will be arraigned on those charges Monday in Suffolk Superior Court. more »

Mar 26, 2015

BOSTON, March 26, 2015—The state’s highest court today affirmed the conviction of the second man convicted of murdering 21-year-old Fausto Sanchez in retaliation for a shooting that the victim had no part in, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

In a decision authored by Judge Francis Spina, the Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed the first-degree murder conviction of EMMANUEL DASILVA (D.O.B. 10/24/84) of Dorchester for his role in Sanchez’s 2007 killing.  A Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted DaSilva in 2011 – one year after a separate jury found DaSilva’s uncle, JOSEPH GOMES (D.O.B. 4/20/67) of Hyde Park, guilty of taking part in the fatal shooting. more »

Mar 26, 2015

BOSTON, March 26, 2015—A driver was arraigned yesterday on charges he pulled a gun on two pedestrians during an alleged road rage incident in Revere, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOHNNY VILLADA (D.O.B. 6/24/85) of Lynn was arraigned in Chelsea District Court yesterday on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and making threats to commit a crime.  Assistant District Attorney Myriam Feliz requested that bail for Villada be set at $5,000.  Judge Michael Patten released him on his own recognizance. more »

Mar 25, 2015

BOSTON, March 25, 2015—A repeat drug dealer who greeted a Boston Police officer by name during his weekend arrest appeared in court twice this week on separate cases, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOHN McFARLANE (D.O.B. 11/29/63) of Dorchester was arraigned Monday in Roxbury Municipal Court yesterday on charges of distribution of a Class B substance as a subsequent offense – while he was free on bail in one similar case and on probation for another, prosecutors said. more »

Mar 24, 2015

BOSTON, March 24, 2015—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today presented a group of Dorchester eight graders with certificates honoring their graduation from a program aimed to help them stay away from drugs, crime, and violence.

As National Youth Violence Prevention Week got under way, Conley visited the Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School, where members of the eighth grade have spent the last six weeks taking part in a newly-revised program designed to help Boston middle school students make smart choices and avoid youth violence.  more »