High Bail for Career Criminal Charged with New Gun Offense

BOSTON, Oct. 16, 2013—A Mattapan man was held on high bail at his arraignment yesterday on charges of being a career criminal in possession of a firearm, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CALVIN STOKES (8/14/78) was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition.  He was additionally charged as a Level III armed career criminal based on 2010 convictions for distribution of a class B substance and possession with intent to distribute a class B substance, a 2006 conviction for possession with intent to distribute a class B substance, and a 1993 adjudication of delinquency on a charge of second-degree murder as a juvenile.

Judge Sally Kelly set bail in the amount of $50,000 and ordered GPS monitoring as a condition of release.

According to prosecutors, Boston Police officers responded to what was initially reported as an armed home invasion at approximately 2:20 p.m. Monday.  Upon arrival, they learned that a female victim arrived at a Washington Street apartment where two men pointed a gun at her, punched her, and threatened her, prosecutors said.

The victim called both police and a family member – Stokes – to the scene, prosecutors said.

An officer taking part in a search of the building encountered Stokes in a stairwell, where he was looking out a window and could be heard on his phone stating, “They’re everywhere, they’re all over the place,” prosecutors said.  Stokes told police that he was coming from the apartment where the alleged armed assault took place, prosecutors said.

As a result, the officer performed a pat-down search out of concern for officer safety.  During the search, a Colt 380 caliber Pony Pocketlite was found in Stokes’ front pocket, prosecutors said.  The firearm was loaded with six rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber.  Stokes told police that he was not licensed to carry a firearm.

Stokes is represented by Jessica Dembro.  He will return to court on Nov. 12.


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