BOSTON, Oct. 21, 2016—The man who allegedly fired a shot that travelled through the wall of a Chelsea home and struck a youngster inside had his open bail revoked at his arraignment today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
CHRISTIAN “PUMBA” GARCIA (D.O.B. 11/8/96) of Everett was arraigned in Chelsea District Court on charges of assault and battery with a firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon, and unlawfully discharging a firearm within 500’ of a dwelling for the Oct. 19 incident. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 21, 2016—The Dorchester man who intentionally drove his car into and killed 20-year-old James A. Taylor will not receive a new trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
In an unpublished decision released today, a Massachusetts Appeals Court panel rejected each argument made in an appeal by ANTWAN WATHEY (D.O.B. 9/24/87). Wathey was convicted of second-degree murder for the Dorchester crash that claimed Taylor’s life; prosecutors had sought a first-degree conviction but the trial judge declined to instruct jurors that they could infer malice – a key element of murder one – from the use of the car as a weapon. more »
BOSTON, October 21, 2016— An East Boston man was sentenced to a lengthy prison term this week after a jury convicted him last month of sexually assaulting children, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Sept. 21 convicted OSCAR FLORES (D.O.B. 1/21/59) of three counts of rape of a child and six counts of indecent assault and battery of a child under 14 for assaults against two victims who are now adults; jurors acquitted him of an additional count of indecent assault and battery of a child under 14 and attempt to commit a crime against a third child. At his sentencing yesterday, Assistant District Attorney Sarah McEvoy of the DA’s Child Protection Unit had recommended a sentence of 20 to 30 years in state prison. Judge Robert Gordon imposed a term of 12 to 16 years in state prison to be followed by five years of probation. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 20, 2016— A Quincy man has been sentenced to prison after he admitted to fatally stabbing 31-year-old Gerald Williamson during a fight outside a Dorchester restaurant two years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
EDGARDO CLARK (D.O.B. 5/25/85) pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter during his appearance today in Suffolk Superior Court. Judge Christine Roach sentenced Clark to 16 to 18 years in state prison. more »
BOSTON, October 19, 2016— A New Hampshire man was arraigned today on charges he endeared himself to women he met online and went on to charge more than $350,000 under their names, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
MICHAEL J. SHIELDS Jr. (D.O.B. 4/20/91) was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on a 45-count indictment charging him with:
Assistant District Attorney George Barker of the DA’s Special Prosecutions Unit requested bail of $20,000. Clerk Magistrate Lisa Medeiros imposed $7,500 bail and ordered Shields to remain within Massachusetts unless he provides proof of his New Hampshire residency. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 18, 2016—A New Hampshire man faces arraignment tomorrow on charges he stole more than $350,000 from a series of romantic partners and others, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said.
A Suffolk County grand jury on Sept. 28 returned a 45-count indictment charging MICHAEL J. SHIELDS Jr. (D.O.B. 4/20/91), formerly of the Seaport and Theater District, with:
BOSTON, Oct. 14, 2016—A Salem man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a Mission Hill park was held without bail for allegedly violating the conditions of his release on an earlier, unrelated case, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
JOSE CEPEDA-IRIZARRY (D.O.B. 11/13/83) was arraigned yesterday in Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of assault with intent to rape and indecent assault and battery. Assistant District Attorney Anna Lusardi recommended that he be held on $50,000 cash bail and that his bail on an open Lynn case charging receiving a stolen motor vehicle be revoked. Judge Pamela Dasheill set bail at $20,000 and revoked his open bail, meaning that he will be held for 60 days. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 13, 2016—The East Boston man who shot 29-year-old Luis Paul Rodriguez to death in Chelsea will not receive a new trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
In an unpublished decision released today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed the murder conviction of JONATHAN CARVALHO (D.O.B. 10/29/89). A Suffolk Superior Court jury in 2011 found Carvalho guilty of second-degree murder for gunning Rodriguez down during what the victim believed would be a fistfight. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 13, 2016— The man accused of stabbing 23-year-old Rafael Guzman to death during a fight at a party two years ago will serve almost 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
AQUILES PEREZ (D.O.B. 9/7/81) of Hyde Park pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, armed assault with intent to murder, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for the Dec. 21, 2014, incident that claimed the Guzman’s life and injured two others. At prosecutors’ request, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Christine Roach sentenced him to a term of 14 to 19 years in state prison for Guzman’s homicide and concurrent terms of eight to 12 years and three to five years for less serious injuries to another combatant and a minor injury to a woman who attempted to break up the fight. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 13, 2016—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today delivered the following statement on the death of KIRK FIGUEROA during a gunfight with Boston Police responding to a domestic disturbance at his Gladstone Street residence last night:
“I’m deeply relieved that Officer Cintolo and Officer Morris are out of immediate danger and that no other bystanders or nearby residents were hurt. I was in East Boston last night, and I know from the evidence at the scene that we’re extremely fortunate that there weren’t more casualties.
“As District Attorney, I have a special duty in cases like this that goes beyond what most DAs have nationwide. Massachusetts law places the authority for all death investigations in Boston with my office, including those that arise from the use of force by police. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 12, 2016— A homeless man has been held pending a dangerousness hearing on charges he sexually assaulted two women in their South End home early yesterday morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
RONALD BROWN (D.O.B. 3/20/64), who lists the Pine Street Inn as he primary residence, was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court on one count each of aggravated rape as a subsequent offender, kidnapping, and burglary. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues, Conley said.
At the request of Ian Polumbaum, chief of the DA’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, Judge Thomas Horgan ordered Brown held without bail pending the outcome of a dangerousness hearing under Chapter 276, Section 58A, of the Massachusetts General Laws. The statute allows a judge to hold a defendant accused of certain offenses without bail for up to 120 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.” That hearing is scheduled to take place Friday. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 11, 2016— A jury this morning convicted a Chelsea man of the 2013 murder of 88-year-old Hilda Devincenzo, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury found FELIX MELENDEZ (D.O.B. 2/10/78) guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of his landlady, Devincenzo. During his sentencing Friday morning, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Kenneth Salinger is expected to impose the mandatory term for first-degree murder of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A jury at Melendez’s first trial last year convicted him of receiving stolen property over $250 for possessing Devincenzo’s stolen belongings but deadlocked on the charge of murder; a second trial also ended in a mistrial earlier this year after jurors were likewise unable to reach a unanimous verdict. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 7, 2016—A New York woman was sent for a competency evaluation following her arraignment today for the fatal stabbing of her husband, 37-year-old Collis Edwards, in a Mission Hill residence, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
KAREN EDWARDS (D.O.B. 2/23/80) of Brooklyn was charged with murder today for the incident just after midnight inside the Wensley Street home where the victim was living with a family member. West Roxbury Municipal Court Judge Kathleen Coffey granted prosecutors’ request that she be held without bail and sent Edwards for a 20-day evaluation at the Solomon Carter Fuller Center. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 7, 2016— A Dorchester man was sentenced to prison today after admitting guilt in the 2015 hit-and-run crash that killed 8-year-old Yadielys DeLeon Camacho and injured a second child, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
JAMES J. HORTON (D.O.B. 4/10/70) today pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident causing death, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, and operating with a suspended license. Judge Robert Gordon sentenced Horton to seven to eight years in state prison followed by four years of probation, during which time Horton may not operate a motor vehicle and must pay $10,000 restitution to the victim’s family. Assistant District Attorney Judith M. Lyons, chief of the DA’s Major Felony Bureau, had recommended that Horton serve a term of eight to 10 years in state prison followed by four years of probation. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 7, 2016—Members of Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s top legal, advocacy, and organizational staff yesterday led prosecutors on a training in use of the state’s Witness Protection Fund to ensure that they have the tools necessary to keep victims, witnesses, and their loved ones safe.
Deputy Chief of Staff Catherine Rodriguez, Chief Trial Counsel John Pappas, and Katherine Moran, Director of the DA’s Victim-Witness Assistance Program, hosted about half of Conley’s Superior Court trial lawyers for Witness Protection Program Nuts & Bolts and will host the second half later this month. District and municipal court prosecutors will receive it next month.
BOSTON, Oct. 5, 2016—A Dorchester man was held without bail today following his indictment in the shooting death of 19-year-old Joshua Morales in Mattapan last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
KHARI WILCOX (D.O.B. 2/9/97) was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of second-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm in connection with the Dec. 29, 2015, incident that claimed Morales’ life. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 5, 2016—Two men were held on high bail today at their arraignments on a raft of charges stemming from the attempted robbery and attempted murder of undercover State troopers investigating the sale of drugs and guns in Roslindale, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
LUIS COLON (D.O.B. 7/30/91) of Lawrence and ERIC ROSADO-GONZALEZ (D.O.B. 12/26/90) of Dorchester were both held on $500,000 cash bail at their arraignments in West Roxbury. Colon was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, discharging a firearm within 500’ of a residence, and armed assault with intent to murder. Rosado-Gonzalez was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, armed assault with intent to rob, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. more »
BOSTON, Oct. 5, 2016—The former bookkeeper at a Dorchester-based labor union has been ordered to pay more than $150,000 in restitution for thefts she undertook by exploiting access to their checkbook, accounting software, and credit card, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
MARIE ESTHER LAFONTANT (D.O.B. 8/6/76) of Winchester pleaded guilty on Sept. 26 to three counts of larceny over $250 and one count of making false entry on corporate books for the theft of $154,847 from her employer, the United Association of Journeyman Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 12, between 2011 and 2013.
Yesterday, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Robert Gordon imposed a sentence of one year in the Suffolk County House of Correction followed by 10 years of probation and entered an order that she make full restitution. Lafontant is currently facing similar charges out of Middlesex County for additional thefts. more »
BOSTON, Sept. 29, 2016— The Roxbury man convicted in the unprovoked killing of 15-year-old Soheil Turner as the teen waited for a bus to school will continue to serve life in prison after the state’s highest court affirmed his convictions, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the convictions of XENIYEJU CHUKWUEZI (D.O.B. 4/4/91) for first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm for the 2009 murder of the unarmed teen. more »
BOSTON, Sept. 28, 2016—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley last month named an experienced prosecutor to help oversee his unique training program, and he’s hit the ground running.
Conley named Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Brandt the deputy chief of training, a responsibility that Brandt will hold in addition to his current assignment in the DA’s Appellate Division. Brandt will work with Assistant District Attorney Donna Jalbert Patalano, a former defense attorney who now serves as the DA’s chief of professional integrity and ethics, to train newly-hired prosecutors in the policies and procedures of the state’s busiest prosecutor’s office and provide more focused training opportunities for members of the DA’s Superior Court trial teams. more »
BOSTON, Sept. 28, 2016—A man who allegedly exploited his position within a Boston church was arraigned today on rape and related charges from the 1980s and 1990s, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
MICHAEL WALSH (D.O.B. 9/30/36) of Pembroke was indicted Sept. 16 on two counts of rape of a child and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child for alleged offenses against a boy who was then in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. At the time, Walsh was an altar boy coordinator at St. Brendan’s Church in Dorchester and a coach with the Cedar Grove Baseball League.
At the request of Assistant District Attorney Ashley Polin of the DA’s Child Protection Unit, Clerk Magistrate Anne Kaczmarek ordered Walsh to wear a GPS monitor, remain in Massachusetts, and surrender his passport while the case is pending. more »
BOSTON, Sept. 28, 2016–Revere Police and the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit are investigating an apparent assault that left a man with serious injuries outside a Squire Road strip club, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli said.
The preliminary investigation suggests that a 29-year-old New Jersey man was escorted from The Squire at about 10:00 last night. Said to be intoxicated inside the establishment, the man became involved in a physical altercation with several members of club staff outside. A Revere Police officer observed a group gathered outside and stopped to investigate. He found the victim unconscious on the ground, and the man was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of a serious head injury. As of early this morning, he was listed in serious but stable condition. more »
BOSTON, Sept. 27, 2016—The man accused in the June murder of 43-year-old Jermaine Good was ordered held without bail at his arraignment today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
ROGERS JORDAN (D.O.B. 5/7/65) of Mattapan was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court after a grand jury yesterday returned indictments charging him with first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Julie Higgins of the DA’s Homicide Unit, Clerk Magistrate Anne Kaczmarek ordered Jordan held without bail. more »
BOSTON, Sept. 26, 2016—Two East Boston residents have been indicted for murder in the June homicide of 19-year-old Blanca Lainez, whose body was found in a Princeton Street garage earlier this year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
A Suffolk County grand jury today returned indictments charging JOSE HERNANDEZ (D.O.B. 6/25/00) and ANGEL ANTONIO RAMOS-OLIVA (D.O.B. 6/8/95) with first-degree murder. Hernandez has been held without bail since his July 10 arrest and Ramos-Oliva since his arrest on Sept. 2. more »
BOSTON, Sept. 22, 2016— A juvenile was arraigned today on charges she flipped a stolen SUV yesterday, critically injuring a teenage passenger, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
A 17-year-old female from Dorchester was arraigned today in Boston Juvenile Court on charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, use of a motor vehicle without authority, failure to stop for police, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Franklin of the DA’s Juvenile Unit, the defendant was held on $10,000 bail. more »