BOSTON, Feb. 12, 2016—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley has designated Assistant District Attorney John Verner to lead his office’s independent investigation into today’s use of lethal force by a Boston Police officer responding to a call for a person shot.
“Our priority is to conduct a full, fair, thorough investigation,” Conley said. “When it’s complete, we will release all our findings and the complete investigative file in the interests of total transparency. For now, we’re giving the investigators the time and the tools they need to do the job right.” more »
Judge Finds Defense Lawyer Had Conflict of Interest; Integrity of Verdict Not at Issue
BOSTON, Feb. 12, 2016—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley has filed a notice of appeal after a judge granted a motion for a new trial by the man who murdered 10-year-old Trina Persad with a shotgun blast to the face, finding that one of the killer’s attorneys had a conflict of interest at the time of the 2009 trial that ended with his conviction.
“We disagree in the strongest possible terms with this decision,” Conley said. “We will argue that its legal and factual foundations are so flawed as to warrant reversal.” more »
BOSTON, Feb. 11, 2016—As part of his commitment to diversity and inclusion, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today announced the creation of a diversity fellowship open to law school students interested in serving their community as prosecutors.
Conley’s newly created Diversity Fellowship Program for Law Students is now accepting applications with the goal of welcoming fellows to the office in Summer 2016. Fellows will be assigned an attorney mentor and will work alongside prosecutors and victim witness advocates in Conley’s office while helping achieve the DA’s mission of serving victims and communities while upholding the highest level of integrity, fairness, and ethics. more »
BOSTON, Feb. 10, 2016—A Chelsea woman faces life in prison after a jury found her guilty of intentionally setting the fire that killed 20-year-old Crystal Lynn Blanchard on Christmas Eve in 2010, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury this afternoon convicted MELISSA PFEIFFER (D.O.B. 1/12/84) of second-degree murder under the theory of felony murder, as well as one count of arson and two counts of causing injury to a firefighter as a result of criminal conduct. At her sentencing on March 21, Pfeiffer faces the mandatory term for the offense of second-degree murder of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years. more »
BOSTON, Feb. 10, 2016—A three-month investigation by State Police assisted by Boston Police, Revere Police, and a Drug Enforcement Administration task force led to the recovery of a handgun and almost five pounds of narcotics from alleged drug traffickers operating in Boston and Revere, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
JORGE LUIS MENDEZ-BAEZ (D.O.B. 9/23/89) of Mattapan and LUIS MEDINA-FELICIANO (D.O.B. 8/25/75) of the South End were arraigned today in Chelsea District Court. Mendez-Baez was charged with distribution of a Class B substance, trafficking in more than 200 grams of a Class B substance, three counts of trafficking in a Class A substance, and conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws. Medina-Feliciano was charged with distribution of a Class B substance as a second or subsequent offense, trafficking in a Class A substance, and conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws. more »
Two More Face Arraignment on Future Dates
BOSTON, Feb. 5, 2016—Five men were arraigned today after they allegedly contacted Boston Police detectives in an online prostitution sting, and two more face arraignment at a later date, Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
The following men were arrested yesterday on charges of seeking to engage in sex for a fee and arraigned today in the Boston Municipal Court:
BOSTON, Feb. 4, 2016—A Roxbury man was arraigned today in connection with an armed robbery after he was identified in part through distinctive footwear that he allegedly attempted to flush down the toilet of a courthouse lockup, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
RANDY BROXTON (D.O.B. 5/23/85) was arraigned today in Roxbury Municipal Court on a charge of armed robbery while masked connection with the Dec. 27 robbery of a Dudley Street market. Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Halprin requested bail of $35,000. Judge Kenneth Fiandaca set $25,000 bail and ordered Broxton to wear a GPS monitor, remain within Massachusetts, stay away from the location of the robbery and stay away and have no contact with the victim in the event he is released on bail. more »
BOSTON, Feb. 3, 2015—A South End man was identified as a suspect in the 2014 stabbing death of Santo Bernabel, whose body was found inside a burning building, after DNA at the scene matched his genetic profile and a GPS monitor refuted his alibi, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
VICTOR MONTES-SEVERINO (D.O.B. 3/23/94) was arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court today after Boston Police homicide detectives obtained a warrant charging him with murder in Bernabel’s Oct. 14, 2014, homicide. He was ordered held without bail. more »
BOSTON, Feb. 3, 2015—A West Roxbury man was sentenced today for causing a collision that left one of his passengers in a wheelchair and the driver of a second vehicle with catastrophic injuries that left him unable to walk, talk, or even feed himself, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
A Brighton Municipal Court jury last month convicted NIKOLAS PAPADOPOULOS (D.O.B. 4/8/95) of negligent operation of a motor vehicle for the crash that he caused by driving at almost twice the speed limit along the Arborway on Sept. 6, 2013. The Jan. 19 verdict came after about three days of trial and less than a day of deliberations. The proceedings were held in Brighton because of ongoing construction near the West Roxbury courthouse that normally has jurisdiction over the location of the crash. more »
BOSTON, Jan. 29, 2016—A Dorchester man was sentenced to life in prison today after a jury yesterday convicted him of murdering 25-year-old Mariano Malave, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
CHARLES REDDICKS (D.O.B. 4/20/94), convicted yesterday of second-degree murder and firearm charges in Malave’s 2012 shooting death, faced sentencing this morning before Suffolk Superior Court Judge Linda Giles. Giles imposed the mandatory sentence for murder two of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years, with concurrent sentences of five years on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm followed by one day on a count of carrying a loaded firearm. Assistant District Attorney Greg Henning of the DA’s Senior Trial Unit had asked that the sentences be imposed consecutive to the life sentence. more »
BOSTON, Jan. 28, 2016—A Dorchester man faces a life term tomorrow when he is sentenced for shooting 25-year-old Mariano Malave to death during a marijuana sale in Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted CHARLES REDDICKS (D.O.B. 4/20/94) of second-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm today after more than a week of testimony and about two days of deliberations. Jurors acquitted Reddicks of an additional charge of armed robbery. more »
BOSTON, Jan. 28, 2016—Three men who murdered 16-year-old Terrance Jacobs nine years ago in retaliation for an earlier stabbing will not receive a new trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
A Massachusetts Appeals Court panel today issued a decision upholding the second-degree murder convictions of PEDRO ORTIZ (D.O.B. 8/8/79) and TERRANCE PABON (D.O.B. 1/22/90), both of Dorchester, and MARKEESE MITCHELL (D.O.B. 4/9/91) of Brockton. A fourth man, PAUL GOODE (D.O.B. 1/9/83) of Dorchester, who was also convicted of second-degree murder for his role in Jacob’s 2007 killing, was not party to the appeal. All four men were found guilty at the conclusion of a joint trial in 2010. more »
BOSTON, Jan. 27, 2016—A Weymouth man was arraigned today on charges he used his position as trusted employee to steal laptops from a Boston financial services company, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
DONALD UGGIANO (D.O.B. 7/5/62) was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court today on two counts of larceny over $250 and a single count of larceny over $250 by a single scheme. Clerk Magistrate Edward Curley released Uggiano on his own recognizance. more »
BOSTON, Jan. 27, 2016—More than a decade after he took Julaine Jules’ life in a crime of domestic violence, the longtime suspect in her homicide pleaded guilty to murder and accepted a life sentence, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
During a hearing this morning in Suffolk Superior Court, SHABAZZ AUGUSTINE (D.O.B. 2/19/79) waived all his appellate rights and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for luring Jules to his home, asphyxiating her, dumping her body in the Charles River, and setting fire to her car near the Malden/Revere line. Judge Jeffrey Locke imposed the mandatory sentence for that offense, life in prison with the possibility of a parole hearing after 15 years. more »
BOSTON, Jan. 26, 2016— An accused career criminal was arraigned yesterday after allegedly admitting that he used a screwdriver to start the stolen car he was driving, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
SAMSON SCOTT (D.O.B. 4/13/55), who provided the address of a Boston homeless facility as his residence, was charged in Roxbury Municipal Court yesterday with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, operating with a suspended license, and unlawful possession of ammunition. In light of prior convictions for assault and battery on a police officer in 2005, distribution of a Class A substance in 2004, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in 1997, and other offenses, he is charged as a Level III armed career criminal. more »
BOSTON, Jan. 21, 2015—A Dorchester man was sentenced to jail time today and a second man was placed under house arrest after a jury convicted them of an unprovoked, bias-motivated 2014 attack, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Tuesday convicted STEVEN SUDLER (D.O.B. 5/14/77) of assault and battery to intimidate causing injury and violating his victim’s civil rights while causing injury; jurors found him not guilty of an additional charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The same jury found DAVID GUANTE (D.O.B. 4/17/90) guilty of assault and battery to intimidate causing injury but acquitted him of violating the victim’s civil rights. more »
BOSTON, Jan. 20, 2016—An Appeals Court panel today ruled that a man who admitted to carrying crack cocaine cannot withdraw his plea simply because a disgraced former chemist tested the drugs months after the plea was entered, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
In an unpublished decision issued today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled that a West Roxbury Municipal Court judge erred in allowing SAQUAN GORMAN (D.O.B. 5/4/91) to withdraw his 2008 plea to a charge of possession of a Class B substance based solely on the grounds that, well after Gorman pleaded guilty, the drugs were tested by Annie Dookhan, the former Department of Public Health chemist whose mishandling of drug evidence came to light in 2012. more »
BOSTON, Jan. 19, 2016—A Brighton Municipal Court jury today convicted the driver that caused a massive crash on the Arborway, leaving one of his passengers and the driver of a second vehicle with life-changing injuries, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
Jurors convicted NIKOLAS PAPADOPOULOS (D.O.B. 4/8/95) of negligent operation of a motor vehicle for the Sept. 6, 2013, collision near the end of their first day of deliberations. Sentencing was scheduled for Feb. 3. Papadopoulos faces a maximum of two years behind bars. more »
BOSTON, Jan. 15, 2016— A Chelsea man pleaded guilty today to his role in the 2013 assault that ended in the shooting death of Elder Morales Aldana in Chelsea — the third of three defendants to do so and the first to offer an apology for his actions, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
ERICK ROMERO (D.O.B. 7/2/98) of Chelsea today pleaded guilty to manslaughter and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon for his role in the incident in which Morales was killed and a second man assaulted. Though he was 14 years old at the time of the homicide, Suffolk prosecutors in 2013 indicted Romero as a youthful offender, opening his case to the public; he has been behind bars since that time. more »
BOSTON, Jan. 15, 2016— Members of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office will present an online training seminar focused on the office’s groundbreaking photo exhibit, “Now You See: A Celebration of Courageous Kids,” recognizing the courage of child abuse survivors and encouraging others to speak, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
The upcoming training webinar, hosted by the National Criminal Justice Training Center, will take place from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Conley’s director of youth safety and outreach and forensic interviewer, Jacquelyn Lamont, who created the photo exhibit, will lead the webinar alongside Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Keeley, chief of the DA’s Human Trafficking Unit, who prosecuted several of the cases featured in the project. more »
BOSTON, Jan. 13, 2016— A Dorchester woman was arraigned today in connection with the hit-and-run crash that killed 78-year-old Silvia Acosta, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
JAIDYS PIMENTAL-PENA (D.O.B. 3/2/91) was arraigned today in West Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation and leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury or death. Judge Mary Ann Driscoll set bail in the amount of $1,000 and ordered Pimental-Pena not to drive for the pendency of the case. more »
BOSTON, Jan. 13, 2016—A former MBTA Transit Police officer was taken into custody following her arraignment today for allegedly using excessive force during an arrest and then lying in reports documenting the incident, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
JENNIFER GARVEY (D.O.B. 9/28/82) of Wilmington was held on the $1000 cash bail recommended by Assistant District Attorney Michele Granda, chief of Conley’s Special Prosecutions Unit, following her Suffolk Superior Court arraignment on charges of causing injury while violating a person’s civil rights, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and two counts of filing a false report. more »