Press Releases from the last 30 days
May 29, 2015

BOSTON, May 29, 2015—A gun defendant who was in default for more than a decade appeared in court yesterday to answer on his case, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

WELLINGTON MATOS (D.O.B. 11/29/80) of South Boston walked into Roxbury Municipal Court yesterday to answer on a warrant in the 2003 case, which charges two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and single counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of ammunition.  Assistant District Attorney Caitlin Fitzgerald requested bail of $30,000 and that Matos be ordered to wear a GPS, remain in Massachusetts, and surrender his passport in the event he were to be released on bail.  Judge Debra DelVecchio imposed $5,000 bail and ordered Matos to wear a GPS, surrender his passport, and continue residing at his current address while the case is pending. more »

May 27, 2015

BOSTON, May 26, 2015— Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced today that an Allston man has been charged in a series of sexual assaults in Brighton, while an investigation continues into similar assaults near the area.

STEVEN LENT (D.O.B. 7/14/88) was arraigned this morning on charges of indecent assault and battery and rape for a sexual assault that occurred Aug. 14 on Quint Avenue as well as three counts of indecent assault and battery in connection with three separate sexual assaults that occurred on Brighton Avenue on Aug. 14 and on Chester Street and Commonwealth Avenue on May 4.  Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum, chief of the DA’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Unit, requested bail of $100,000.  Judge David Donnelly imposed bail of $50,000 with orders that Lent surrender his passport, abide by a curfew, and stay out of Allston and Brighton. more »

May 27, 2015

BOSTON, May 25, 2015– Chelsea Police detectives and State Police assigned to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the shooting of a young man on Tudor Street in Chelsea late last night.

Chelsea Police responded to the area of 46 Tudor Street at approximately 11:40 p.m. yesterday to find the victim, a 17-year-old male from Chelsea, suffering from a serious gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact Chelsea Police detectives at 617-466-4843 or the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817. more »

May 21, 2015

BOSTON, May 21, 2015—A Lawrence court officer was held on high bail at his arraignment today on charges he sexually assaulted a female defendant at the courthouse, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSE MARTINEZ (D.O.B. 12/21/68) of Lawrence was arraigned in Essex Superior Court in Salem on four counts of rape, six counts of indecent assault and battery, and single counts of assault with intent to rape and misleading investigators.  Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum, chief of the DA’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Unit, requested that bail be set in the amount of $100,000; Judge John Lu imposed bail of $50,000 and ordered Martinez to wear a GPS monitor and remain under home confinement in the event he is released on bail. more »

May 19, 2015

BOSTON, May 19, 2015— District Attorney Daniel F. Conley this week delivered thousands of dollars in seized drug money to two Dorchester non-profits that will use the funds to help Boston youth stay away from drugs, gangs, and risky behavior.

As part of his annual Asset Forfeiture Community Reinvestment Program, Conley yesterday visited St. Peter’s Youth Center and Cape Verdean Community Unido to deliver a total of $7,500 in cash awards from assets seized during Suffolk County narcotics trafficking prosecutions.  This year, Conley will present similar awards to 18 non-profits, funding safe, healthy activities for kids and teens from all walks of life across Suffolk County. more »

May 18, 2015

BOSTON, May 18, 2015—An alleged drunk driver was arraigned in connection with a weekend crash in Revere that injured two people, including a Good Samaritan who had stopped to help a fellow motorist, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

NICHOLAS SCHAENEMAN (D.O.B. 4/22/88) was arraigned in Chelsea District Court this afternoon on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, possession of an container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and a marked lanes violation.  Judge Michael Patten set bail at $15,000 and ordered Schaeneman to refrain from driving, remain alcohol-free, and undergo random alcohol screening in the event he is released on bail. more »

May 18, 2015

BOSTON, May 18, 2015—A Lawrence court officer has been indicted on charges he sexually assaulted a female prisoner, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced today.

The Essex County Grand Jury today returned indictments charging JOSE MARTINEZ (D.O.B. 12/21/68) of Lawrence with four counts of rape, six counts of indecent assault and battery, and single counts of assault with intent to rape and misleading investigators. more »

May 18, 2015

BOSTON, May 18, 2015—Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today announced that a second man has been arrested following his indictment in connection with the 2013 murder of Brianna Bigby.

A Suffolk County grand jury on May 8 returned indictments charging RASHEEM CHRISTIAN (D.O.B. 1/31/91) with first-degree murder, armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, accessory after the fact to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and carrying a loaded firearm.  He is additionally charged as a Level I armed career criminal based on a 2011 conviction in Suffolk Superior Court for distribution of a Class D substance. Boston Police arrested him today after he surrendered himself on a warrant that issued with the indictment. more »

May 15, 2015

BOSTON, May 15, 2015—A Canton man allegedly picked the wrong target when he pointed a loaded handgun at a plainclothes Boston Police officer during an apparent road-rage incident yesterday, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

AARON JESKEY (D.O.B. 4/15/80) was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and improper storage of a firearm.  Jeskey was not charged with unlawful possession of a firearm because he had a license to carry at the time of the incident; that license has since been suspended and he has been ordered to surrender all firearms in his possession. more »

May 15, 2015

BOSTON, May 15, 2015—The man who killed 33-year-old Steven Fuentes on a Roxbury street has been found guilty of murder, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted GEORGE ORTEGA (D.O.B. 2/19/83) of Lynn of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with Fuentes’ May 24, 2012, shooting death.  Sentencing is scheduled to take place at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, at which time Judge Linda Giles is expected to impose the mandatory term for first-degree murder of life in prison without the possibility of parole.  more »

May 13, 2015

BOSTON, May 13, 2015—A Dorchester teen arraigned today on animal cruelty charges will remain held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing next week, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The 17-year-old male from Dorchester was charged in the Juvenile Session of Dorchester Municipal Court on charges of delinquency, to wit: trespassing, possession of a dangerous weapon, and two counts of cruelty to animals.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Ryan Hawkins, Judge Joseph Johnston ordered the juvenile held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing to be held Monday.  Because he is under 18, the case and proceedings are not open to the public.

According to prosecutors, Boston Police officers responded to the area of an abandoned two-family ho more »

May 13, 2015

BOSTON, May 13, 2015—The man who murdered Robert Mason in 1997 was denied a new trial by the state’s highest court this week, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

In a 31-page decision authored by Justice Francis Spina, the Supreme Judicial Court yesterday denied the appeal of JEFFREY VAUGHN, who was convicted of first-degree murder under the theory of deliberate premeditated murder in 1999 for Mason’s shooting death.  At trial, prosecutors presented evidence and testimony to prove that, just weeks after being released from prison, Vaughn joined Mason and two other men in a Dorchester schoolyard on the night of Nov. 29, 1997.  There, Vaughn confronted Mason about a prior incident in which Mason allegedly assaulted Vaughn’s brother. Vaughn produced a firearm during the incident but put the gun away after another member of the group intervened.  When that individual turned his back on the group, Vaughn pulled out the firearm once again and shot Mason.  After Mason fell to the ground, Vaughn shot him several more times. 

On appeal, Vaughn argued that a Superior Court judge was wrong to deny his motion for a new trial.  The justices disagreed, rejecting each of Vaughn’s claims and affirming his conviction. more »

May 12, 2015

BOSTON, May 12, 2015—An East Boston man was arraigned this morning for allegedly driving drunk and causing a crash that left his passenger with serious injuries, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

HURAN DELIISMAIL (D.O.B. 12/19/92) was arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol and operating under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury and civil citations charging speeding and three counts of failure to stop. more »

May 11, 2015

BOSTON, May 11, 2015—The Suffolk County Grand Jury on Friday afternoon returned an indictment charging AARON HERNANDEZ (D.O.B. 11/6/89) under the state’s witness intimidation statute for allegedly shooting a percipient witness to the homicides of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.

The victim of that non-fatal shooting is a former associate of Hernandez who was present for the 2012 murders in Boston’s South End.  Hernandez allegedly shot him in the face on the morning of Feb. 13, 2013, and left him to die on the side of the road in unincorporated territory just outside Riviera Beach, Florida, after the witness made a remark about the homicides.  Though this shooting took place outside of Massachusetts, it may be prosecuted under Ch. 268, Sect. 13B, of the Massachusetts General Laws as willfully causing physical injury to a witness with the intent to impede a Suffolk County criminal investigation. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison. There is no minimum penalty. more »

May 8, 2015

BOSTON, May 8, 2015— Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley this week delivered thousands of dollars in seized drug money to fund a Roslindale youth haven.

As part of his annual Asset Forfeiture Community Reinvestment Program, Conley visited Casserly House on Thursday to hand-deliver a check for $2,500 to help the Roslindale non-profit’s afterschool and summer camp programs.  The grant is one of 18 that Conley will provide this year to non-profit youth service agencies to fund programs that help Suffolk County kids and teens stay away from drugs, gangs, and dangerous behavior. more »

May 6, 2015

BOSTON, May 6, 2015—A Dorchester man was arraigned today after Boston Police recovered drugs and firearms during a search of his home, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JESU SIERRA (D.O.B. 5/20/80) was arraigned today in Dorchester Municipal Court on two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and single counts of unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a high capacity feeding device, and possession with intent to distribute a Class A substance.  Assistant District Attorney Andrew Kettlewell requested that Sierra be held in lieu of $10,000 bail and that his bail be revoked in a March case out of Roxbury Municipal Court charging distribution of a Class A substance.  Judge Lisa Grant released Sierra on his own recognizance and declined to revoke his open bail. more »

May 6, 2015

BOSTON, May 6, 2015— A North Attleboro man was arraigned today on murder charges for allegedly shooting Julien Printemps to death just two months after being released from prison for a gun conviction, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CSEAN SKERRITT (D.O.B. 10/21/88) was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm as a subsequent offense, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, and being a Level III armed career criminal.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Joseph Janezic, chief of the DA’s Gang Unit, Clerk Magistrate Anne Kaczmarek ordered Skerritt held without bail. more »

May 6, 2015

BOSTON, May 6, 2015— The former Boston Public Schools employee who allegedly shot a 17-year-old student in the head for the teen’s lackluster marijuana sales made his first appearance in Superior Court today after his indictment on gun, drug, and attempted murder charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SHAUN O. HARRISON (D.O.B. 6/9/59) of Roxbury was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, two counts of unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, unlawful possession of a shotgun, unlawful possession of a rifle, and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney David Bradley of the DA’s Senior Trial Unit, Clerk Magistrate Anne Kaczmarek set bail at $400,000 and ordered him to wear a GPS monitor and stay away and have no contact with the victim or witnesses in the event he is released on bail. more »

May 5, 2015

BOSTON, May 5, 2015—The man who allegedly shot Julien Printemps dead last winter has been indicted and faces arraignment tomorrow on a murder charge, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans announced.

CSEAN SKERRITT (D.O.B. 10/21/88) of North Attleboro is expected to appear tomorrow in the Magistrate’s Session of Suffolk Superior Court on a March 13 indictment charging him with first-degree murder for Printemps’ 2014 shooting death, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm as a second offense, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawful possession of a loaded firearm. more »

May 5, 2015

BOSTON, May 5, 2015— A Mattapan man was held on high bail yesterday on firearm and drug charges after his arrest for allegedly leading Boston Police officers on a chase from the scene of an apparent shooting, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

ERRIN CRAWFORD (D.O.B. 9/5/88) was arraigned in Dorchester Municipal Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession with intent to distribute a class B substance, and operating with a suspended license.  Assistant District Attorney William Kettlewell requested that bail be set in the amount of $50,000 and that Crawford be subject to GPS monitoring and home confinement in the event he were to be released on bail.  Kettlewell also requested that Crawford’s open bail be revoked on a 2014 case out of Roxbury Municipal Court charging assault with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery.  Judge Serge Georges imposed $25,000 bail and ordered Crawford to submit to GPS monitoring and a curfew if released.  He denied the motion to revoke Crawford’s open bail. more »

May 4, 2015

BOSTON, May 4, 2015— The two men who allegedly plotted to murder 21-year-old Kenny Lamour as he worked as part of a shoveling crew in February will continue to be held without bail after their Superior Court arraignments today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DONTE HENLEY (D.O.B. 5/18/90) of South Boston and JOSIAH ZACHERY (D.O.B. 7/13/96) of Hyde Park were arraigned this morning on charges first-degree murder for Lamour’s shooting death in Jamaica Plain; Zachery was arraigned on additional charges of armed assault with intent to murder and unlawful possession of a firearm for allegedly firing at a Boston Police officer who chased him near the scene.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum, Suffolk Superior Clerk Magistrate Anne Kaczmarek ordered both men be held without bail. more »

May 1, 2015

BOSTON, May 1, 2015—Speaking at the American College of Physicians’ annual conference today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley joined more than two dozen medical, legal, and advocacy groups in calling for reasonable policies to reduce gun-related injury and death.

“The preventable harm caused by gun violence, and particularly handgun violence, is a public safety issue, a public health issue, and, from my perspective, a civil rights issue,” Conley said in a briefing at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. more »

Apr 30, 2015

BOSTON, April 30, 2015—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley will join the nation’s largest medical specialty organization tomorrow in support of reasonable policies to mitigate the rate of firearm-related injuries and deaths in the United States.

Conley, a leader in law enforcement’s response to gun-related violence, will speak from a prosecutor’s perspective as the American College of Physicians and more than two dozen other medical, legal, and advocacy groups endorse the policy recommendations, which were published in Annals of Internal Medicine earlier this year. more »