Press Releases from 2016
Sep 29, 2016

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 »


Sep 28, 2016

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 »


Sep 28, 2016

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 »


Sep 28, 2016

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.

Anyone with information on the incident or those involved is asked to share it with Revere Police detectives at 781-286-8340 or the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817.

 

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Sep 27, 2016

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 »


Sep 26, 2016

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 »


Sep 22, 2016

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 »


Sep 21, 2016

BOSTON, Sept. 21, 2016—The man who gunned down 22-year-old US Army veteran Stephen Perez during an altercation in a Theater District parking garage was found guilty of first-degree murder in his homicide, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Jurors convicted PETER CASTILLO (D.O.B. 8/6/88) of Salem about two hours after Judge Mitchell Kaplan instructed them on the law. The verdict, which rejected Castillo’s claim of self-defense, came after about four days of testimony. Castillo faces a mandatory term of life in prison without the possibility of parole when Kaplan sentences him Monday morning. more »


Sep 12, 2016

Victim’s Sister: “I Feel So Alone In This World Without Her”

 

BOSTON, Sept. 12, 2016— As a jury was being seated for her murder trial, a Dorchester woman pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing 26-year-old Maria Sanchez and injuring a second woman during a fight outside a house party in 2014, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

TAKISA MATTHEWS (D.O.B. 5/4/84) today pleaded guilty to manslaughter, armed assault with intent to murder, and assault and battery.  Suffolk Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins sentenced her to 12 to 13 years in state prison. Matthews faced a mandatory term of life in prison had she been convicted of first-degree murder. more »


Sep 8, 2016

High Court Cites “Effective Triangulation of Consistent Evidence” Proving Guilt

 

BOSTON, Sept. 8, 2016— A man twice convicted of murdering Joseph Bottari and Frank Chiuchiolo in the North End 30 years ago has once again been denied a new trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

FRANK DiBENEDETTO will continue to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole after the Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed a decision of a judge of the Superior Court denying his motion for a new trial in the Feb. 19, 1986, killings of Bottari and Chiuchiolo. DiBenedetto and LOUIS COSTA were convicted of first-degree murder in 1988 and again after a new trial in 1994.  Costa is also serving life in prison; because he was a juvenile at the time of the murders, however, he is eligible for periodic parole hearings under a 2013 ruling by the SJC. At a hearing earlier this year, Costa unequivocally identified DiBenedetto as his confederate in the cold-blooded murders. more »


Sep 6, 2016

BOSTON, Sept. 6, 2016—A Dorchester man was arraigned today on charges that he was drunk behind the wheel when he struck and killed 46-year-old Johnette Sims in a crosswalk, then fled the scene, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ANTHONY EARL BUCHANAN (D.O.B. 12/26/76) of Dorchester is charged with motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence and leaving the scene of a collision causing death. He was additionally citied for the civil infractions of speeding and a marked lane violation. more »


Sep 2, 2016

BOSTON, Sept. 2, 2016—A Dorchester man was arraigned today on charges he assaulted an elderly man in a wheelchair, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MARQUES BELL (D.O.B. 12/17/92) was arraigned today in Roxbury Municipal Court on a charge of assault and battery on an elderly or disabled person causing injury.  Prosecutors requested bail of $5,000.  Bell was released on $500 bail he posted following his arrest. more »


Sep 2, 2016

BOSTON, Sept. 2, 2016—A second defendant was arraigned today on a murder charge in connection with the June homicide of 19-year-old Blanca Lainez in East Boston, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Amid the ongoing investigation into Lainez’ stabbing death, Boston Police homicide detectives this morning arrested ANGEL ANTONIO RAMOS-OLIVA (D.O.B. 6/8/95) of East Boston. He was arraigned this afternoon in East Boston Municipal Court, where Judge Lisa Grant held him without bail at the request of Assistant District Attorney Jess Megee. more »


Sep 2, 2016

BOSTON, Sept. 2, 2016—A ride-share driver was arraigned today following his arrest for sexually assaulting a female passenger in his vehicle earlier this week, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MICHAEL VEDRINE (D.O.B. 1/31/84) of Brockton was arraigned today for allegedly assaulting a passenger in his Uber car in the early morning hours of Aug. 31. Assistant District Attorney AlexaRae Wright recommended that he be held on $50,000 cash bail, wear a GPS device, and refrain from driving any livery vehicle. Judge Lisa Ann Grant released him on his own recognizance. more »


Sep 2, 2016

BOSTON, Sept. 2, 2016—The former Boston Public Schools employee who allegedly shot a student in the head last year has fired his attorney, delaying the trial that had been scheduled for next month.

At a hearing yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court, Judge Rosalind Miller granted a motion by SHAUN O. HARRISON (D.O.B. 6/9/59) to obtain new counsel for his trial on charges of armed assault with intent to murder and other related offenses connected with the March 4 shooting of a 17-year-old male. Harrison’s former attorney, Michelle Brennan, was dismissed and attorney Robert Laboy was appointed to represent him. more »


Aug 29, 2016

BOSTON, Aug. 29, 2016—A Hyde Park man was ordered held without bail today in the homicide last weekend of 35-year-old Ailton Goncalves on Dudley Terrace, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

AARON ALMEIDA (D.O.B. 12/6/93) was arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court. He was charged with murder for Goncalves’ Aug. 20 fatal shooting, armed assault with intent to murder and aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for seriously injuring a woman in her 30s during the same incident, and unlawful possession of a firearm. more »


Aug 29, 2016

BOSTON, August 29, 2016—A Quincy man was arraigned on firearm charges last week after Boston Police criminalists found his fingerprint inside a handgun left on a Dorchester street – where it was discovered by two children walking to the park, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DANTE SINGLETON (D.O.B. 3/15/93) was arraigned Friday in Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a large capacity firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawful possession of a firearm as a third offense.  According to prosecutors, Singleton was previously convicted of firearm charges in the juvenile division of Dorchester Municipal Court and more recently convicted in Suffolk Superior Court on a 2013 indictment charging unlawful possession of a firearm and carrying a loaded firearm. Singleton was sentenced to two and a half years behind bars and is currently serving five years of probation on that conviction. more »


Aug 26, 2016

BOSTON, Aug. 26, 2016—The state’s highest court today affirmed the first-degree murder conviction of a man who gunned down 25-year-old Derrick Barnes – five years almost to the day since the man was shot to death on the porch of a relative’s Fayston Street home, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the murder and firearms convictions of FRANKIE HERNDON (D.O.B. 4/9/84) for the Aug. 27, 2011, shooting that claimed Barnes’ life. A second man, FREDERICK HENDERSON (D.O.B. 11/25/83), was convicted at the same trial for his role in the murder; his appeal is still pending. more »


Aug 24, 2016

BOSTON, Aug. 24, 2016—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today delivered the following remarks as he released his findings in the fatal shooting of USAAMAH RAHIM and hundreds of pages of eyewitness statements and other supporting documents to the media. His final report is online here.

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Aug 24, 2016

BOSTON, August 24, 2016— A Dorchester man previously convicted of rape was held on high bail during his arraignment for raping a woman in the South End, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

EDUARDO RODRIGUEZ (D.O.B. 6/8/85) was arraigned today in Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of aggravated rape, indecent assault and battery, armed robbery, intimidation of a witness, and aggravated Kidnapping. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Riley of the DA’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Unit, Judge Pamela Dashiell imposed $500,000 bail and ordered Rodriguez to submit to GPS monitoring, remain under home confinement, and stay away and have no contact with the victim or witnesses in the event he is to be released on bail. more »


Aug 22, 2016

BOSTON, August 22, 2016— The man accused of fatally stabbing 23-year-old Gage Smith during a Paris Street altercation early Wednesday was ordered held without bail at his arraignment today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DARIUS BARRY (D.O.B. 12/22/97) was arraigned today in East Boston Municipal Court on a charge of murder.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Hickman of the DA’s Homicide Unit, Judge John McDonald ordered Barry held without bail. more »


Aug 19, 2016

BOSTON, August 19, 2016—A Needham woman was arraigned today on charges related to a motor vehicle crash in Downtown Crossing yesterday that injured three people, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SHANITQUA STEELE (D.O.B. 12/12/90) was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on two dockets, one charging one count each of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a collision causing personal injury, and use of a motor vehicle without authority and the second docket charging negligent operation and two additional counts of leaving the scene of a collision causing personal injury.  Assistant District Attorney Caroline Humphrey recommended bail of $15,000 on each docket for a total of $30,000.  Judge Lisa Grant imposed bail of $2,500 on each docket, for a total bail amount of $5,000. more »


Aug 17, 2016

BOSTON, August 17, 2016—State Police detectives assigned to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office are continuing to investigate a single vehicle crash in West Roxbury that claimed the life of the driver, a 44-year-old Dedham man, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the man was operating a 2000 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck with one passenger in the area of Enneking Parkway when the vehicle lost control during a turn and left the roadway yesterday evening.  The driver suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.  The passenger, a 46-year-old Roslindale man, was transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital with significant injuries. more »


Aug 16, 2016

BOSTON, Aug. 16, 2016–A former Dorchester resident was arraigned on child rape charges today, more than 20 years after he fled indictments handed down by a Suffolk County grand jury, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOHN J. HARTIN (D.O.B. 1/22/70) was arraigned today on five counts of rape of a child stemming from sexual assaults on two boys between 1991 and 1992. He was held on $1 million cash bail; should he post that amount, he must wear a GPS monitor and stay away from the victims, witnesses, and all children under 18. more »


Aug 15, 2016

BOSTON, August 15, 2016— A Roxbury man was held on high bail at his arraignment today on charges he shot a man after an argument and kidnapped a young relative, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JUAN AYALA-POWELL (D.O.B. 7/13/89) of was arraigned today in Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, kidnapping and endangering a minor by a relative, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, and larceny of a motor vehicle.  Judge Jonathan Tynes set bail in the amount of $150,000 bail and ordered Ayala-Powell to stay away and have no contact with the victim or witnesses, submit to GPS monitoring, and abide by a curfew in the event he is to be released on bail.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Amy Martin, Tynes revoked Ayala-Powell’s bail in an open case out of Dorchester Municipal Court charging forgery and uttering. more »


Aug 10, 2016

BOSTON, Aug. 10, 2016—An off-duty Cambridge police officer has been charged with beating a man in Revere during an altercation last month outside a Broadway restaurant, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JONATHAN VICENTE (D.O.B. 11/5/90) was arraigned today in Chelsea District Court on charges of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and malicious destruction of property in connection with the July 10 incident. Vicente walked into court today for his first scheduled court date following his July 11 arraignment for disturbing the peace, and as a result was released without monetary bail. Judge Matthew Machera ordered him to stay away from the victim and witnesses in the case. more »


Aug 9, 2016

BOSTON, August 9, 2016—Two men were arraigned yesterday on charges of trafficking methamphetamines after an overdose at a Downtown hotel led to the discovery a large amount of drugs in their room, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JEFFREY BERTRAND (D.O.B. 12/30/85) of Everett and DYLAN DONAHUE (D.O.B. 8/29/92) of Granby were arraigned yesterday in Boston Municipal Court on charges of trafficking in more than 100 grams of methamphetamine.  Donahue was additionally arraigned on two counts of possession of a Class B substance.  Assistant District Attorney Daniel Nucci requested bail of $150,000 and orders that each defendant wear a GPS monitor, abide by a curfew, and stay away from the W Hotel in the event they are to be released on bail.  Judge Michael Coyne set bail in the amount of $2,000 and ordered that the men each submit to GPS monitoring and home confinement and stay away from the city of Boston in the event they are released. more »


Aug 8, 2016

BOSTON, August 8, 2016—An Everett man was held on high bail at his arraignment today on charges of photographing up a woman’s skirt and possessing child pornography, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MARK BARRY (D.O.B. 6/11/65) was arraigned today in Charlestown Municipal Court on charges of photographing sexual or intimate parts without consent and possession of child pornography as a third offense. According to prosecutors, he was previously convicted of possession of child pornography in federal court in 2002 and of possessing child pornography as a second offense in Suffolk Superior Court in 2013 for which he is currently on probation after his release from a three-year prison sentence.  Those charges stemmed from an incident in which he was arrested for photographing up the skirt of a child on the MBTA, leading to the discovery of child pornography images on his phone.

At the request of Assistant District Attorney Nicole Poirier, Judge Lawrence McCormick set bail in the amount of $100,000. Also at Poirier’s request, McCormick ordered Barry not to work, volunteer, reside, or have unsupervised contact with children under 18; not loiter within 300 feet of any location where children regularly congregate; allow the Department of Probation to search his computers, electronic devices, and photos; not use the internet unless required for his employment; wear a GPS monitor; stay away and have no contact with witnesses in the case; and not use public transportation in the event he is to be released on bail. more »


Aug 5, 2016

BOSTON, Aug. 5, 2016—The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed the murder conviction of a man found guilty in the 2009 shooting death of 32-year-old Carl Bonnie, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

In an unpublished decision released today, the Appellate Court denied a new trial for TREVOR “SPECIALIST” HIGGINS (D.O.B. 10/22/74), who was convicted of second-degree murder and unlawful possession of a shotgun in connection with the shooting that claimed Bonnie’s life during a drug deal.  A second man involved in the shooting, GREGORY “BUDDHA” KNIGHT (D.O.B. 5/16/82), pleaded guilty to his role in the homicide prior to the trial. more »


Aug 1, 2016

BOSTON, Aug. 1, 2016—A prosecutor assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s Juvenile Unit has been as honored as one of the country’s top young rising attorneys by the American Bar Association.

The ABA today recognized Assistant District Attorney Brett Walker as one of the nation’s Top 40 Young Attorneys.  Walker was selected for the inaugural list of honorees for his leadership, professionalism, and dedication to service in both the courtroom and the community. more »


Aug 1, 2016

BOSTON, Aug. 1, 2016—The target of a State Police narcotics investigation is behind bars today and more than 400 grams of cocaine have been taken off the streets of Boston, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

NICANDER SERNA (D.O.B. 6/1/70), also known as LUIS BORJA, was held on $500,000 cash bail at his arraignment Friday in Brighton Municipal Court on six counts of trafficking in cocaine. Should he post that amount, he must wear a GPS monitoring device. more »


Jul 29, 2016

BOSTON, July 29, 2016—A Lynn man charged with attempting to kidnap and sexually assault a woman walking alone in Revere will be held without bail pending the outcome of a dangerousness hearing next week, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

GERARDO PORTILLO (D.O.B. 5/23/90) was arraigned today in East Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault with intent to commit a felony, assault with intent to rape, assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, strangulation, indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, and attempt to commit a crime in connection with the June 25 assault, as well as a charge of reckless endangerment of a child for allegedly leaving a young child alone in his vehicle at the time of the assault.

At the request of Assistant District Attorney Natalia Belland, Judge John McDonald ordered Portillo held without bail pending the outcome of a dangerousness hearing under Chapter 276, Section 58A, of the Massachusetts General Laws, which 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 Aug. 5. more »


Jul 26, 2016

BOSTON, July 25, 2016—A third defendant was arrested yesterday and arraigned today on murder and other charges connected to the shooting death last month of 17-year-old Raekwon Brown, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JADEN WAITERS (D.O.B. 7/23/96) of Dorchester was held without bail today on one count of murder and two counts of armed assault with intent to murder, the same offenses for which his two co-defendants, JONATHAN AGUASVIVAS (D.O.B. 11/25/92) of Roxbury and BENZY BAIN (D.O.B. 12/17/91) of Mattapan, have already been arraigned. more »


Jul 25, 2016

BOSTON, July 25, 2016—A former Revere resident deported to Guatemala was held on high bail at his arraignment today, a decade after he was indicted for sexually assaulting a child and two weeks after he re-entered the United States, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RONY VASQUEZ (D.O.B. 11/8/73) was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court today on four counts of rape of a child. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Maryrose Anthes of the DA’s Child Protection Unit, Clerk Magistrate Anne Kaczmarek imposed bail of $100,000 and ordered Vasquez to stay away and have no contact with the victim and her family, have no contact with children under age 16, surrender his passport, and be subject to GPS monitoring. more »


Jul 21, 2016

BOSTON, July 21, 2016—Two Iowa men admitted to gun and ammunition charges today, receiving jail time and probation for bringing a shotgun and assault rifle to the Pokemon World Championship in Boston last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KEVIN NORTON (D.O.B. 12/30/96) of Ames, Iowa, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a 12-guage Remington shotgun and JAMES STUMBO (D.O.B. 4/2/88) of Boone, Iowa, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a DPMS AR-15 rifle. Both pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of about 300 rounds of ammunition. more »


Jul 20, 2016

BOSTON, July 20, 2016— A Massachusetts couple accused of evading taxes on more than $2 million in income were arraigned today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

HARRY WEBSTER (D.O.B. 2/26/62) of Canton was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on six counts of failure to timely file an income tax return, six counts of filing a false tax return, as well as two counts each of larceny over $250 and larceny over $250 by scheme in connection with the theft of funds from his former employer.  NANCY WEBSTER (D.O.B. 2/21/57) of Hyde Park was arraigned counts of filing a false tax return.  Clerk Magistrate Anne Kaczmarek released each defendant on their own recognizance. more »


Jul 20, 2016

BOSTON, July 20, 2016—The state’s highest court has denied a new trial for the man who robbed, beat, and murdered 15-year-old Germaine Rucker but ordered that the killer be resentenced because he was a juvenile at the time of the homicide, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KENTEL WEAVER (D.O.B. 7/29/87), who was 16 when he shot and killed Rucker in 2003, is currently serving a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury in 2006 convicted him of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm.  He will continue to serve his life sentence, but will become eligible for parole as a result of the resentencing ordered by the Supreme Judicial Court. more »


Jul 19, 2016

BOSTON, July 19, 2016— A Massachusetts couple has been indicted on charges they failed to file tax returns reporting more than $2 million in income and then filed false returns upon learning they were under investigation by the state’s Department of Revenue, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

HARRY WEBSTER (D.O.B. 2/26/62) of Canton is expected to be arraigned tomorrow in Suffolk Superior Court.  Harry Webster is charged with six counts of failure to timely file an income tax return, six counts of filing a false tax return, two counts of larceny over $250, and two counts larceny over $250 by scheme for allegedly stealing more than $400,000 from his former employer in East Boston.  His wife, NANCY WEBSTER (D.O.B. 2/21/57) of Hyde Park, is to be arraigned on five counts of filing a false tax return. more »


Jul 13, 2016

BOSTON, July 13, 2016—A suspect in the 2015 homicide of Richard Long, also accused of shooting a surviving victim and setting fire to the crime scene, was ordered held without bail at his arraignment today on murder and related charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

VICTOR ARRINGTON (D.O.B. 9/16/85) of Dorchester was arrested by Boston Police late yesterday and arraigned today on charges of murder, armed assault with intent to murder, and arson in connection with the March 31, 2015, incident that claimed the 37-year-old Long’s life and left a 33-year-old female injured at 332 Harvard St. in Dorchester. more »


Jul 13, 2016

BOSTON, July 13, 2016—A Chelsea man who was deported following his arrest on child rape charges 10 years ago was apprehended after he re-entered the United States yesterday, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Revere Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli, and US Marshal for the District of Massachusetts John Gibbons said.

RONY VASQUEZ (D.O.B. 11/8/73) was arrested on June 18, 2006, after Revere Police found him engaged in apparent sexual activity with an 11-year-old girl known to him. The Suffolk County Grand Jury indicted Vasquez three months later after the investigation revealed additional sexual contact with the child, but he was deported by immigration authorities in the interim and never appeared at his Suffolk Superior Court arraignment. A warrant for his arrest has been in place since then. more »


Jul 11, 2016

BOSTON, July 11, 2016—A 16-year-old East Boston youth was held without bail at his arraignment today for the homicide last month of 18-year-old Blanca Lainez, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSE HERNANDEZ, arrested yesterday by Boston Police, was formally charged in East Boston Municipal Court with one count of murder. Under Massachusetts law, all juveniles over the age of 14 accused of murder are charged as adults, meaning the case against Hernandez is open to the public. more »


Jul 10, 2016

Separate Death Investigation Under Way at Constitution Beach 
BOSTON, July 10, 2016–Massachusetts State Police are investigating a report of a sexual assault late last night on Massport property in East Boston, as well as an unattended death on Constitution Beach  this afternoon, State Police Colonel Richard McKeon and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.   more »


Jul 10, 2016

BOSTON, July 10, 2016—Boston Police homicide detectives this morning arrested a suspect in the homicide last month of 19-year-old Blanca Lainez in East Boston, Police Commissioner William B. Evans and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Jose Hernandez, 16, of East Boston is expected to be arraigned on a murder charge tomorrow in East Boston Municipal Court, authorities said.  more »


Jul 7, 2016

BOSTON, July 7, 2016—A Dorchester man was arraigned today on a manslaughter charge stemming from the death of 45-year-old Brian Hingston as Hingston apparently tried to intervene in a fistfight, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

BRYAN McELHINNEY (D.O.B. 8/17/92), who walked into court on the June 22 indictment, was held on $2500 cash bail. Clerk Magistrate Anne Kaczmarek also ordered McElhinney to surrender his passport and remain in Massachusetts while the case is pending. McElhinney was expected to be arraigned tomorrow but the date was moved on short notice to accommodate attorneys’ schedules. more »


Jul 5, 2016

BOSTON, June 30, 2016—The former Boston resident accused of murdering Dora Brimage almost 30 years ago will likely face arraignment Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JAMES PAIGE (D.O.B. 3/28/66) has waived rendition proceedings in connection with last week’s indictment charging him with first-degree murder in Brimage’s 1987 strangulation. He is currently in custody on unrelated charges in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, where Boston Police detectives will take custody of him tomorrow. more »


Jul 5, 2016

BOSTON, July 5, 2016—A Suffolk prosecutor assigned to Chelsea District Court was honored recently for her community-minded work in and out of the courtroom, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

During the 13th Annual Suffolk Awards, held last month at Suffolk University Law School, prosecutors, advocates, civilian investigators, and support staff were honored for their outstanding efforts on behalf of the communities of Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.

Assistant District Attorney Stacey Pichardo was recognized with the Brian J. Honan Award for Excellence in the Courtroom and Commitment to the Communities We Serve – among the highest honors presented each year, and one that Conley said every prosecutor should aspire to.  more »


Jul 3, 2016

WINTHROP, July 3, 2016–Two men are in custody and a third is in critical but stable condition after a physical confrontation at a Winthrop party ended in an overnight shooting, Winthrop Police Chief Terence Delehanty and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ANDREW GUILFOYLE (D.O.B. 6/3/85), the resident of the Winthrop home, and JARED DAMELIO (D.O.B. 2/25/88), a partygoer, are both charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and are expected to be arraigned in East Boston Municipal Court on Tuesday.

The victim, a 27-year-old Stoneham man, is being treated after surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.  The preliminary evidence gathered by Winthrop and State police suggests that this man had been involved in a fistfight at the 233 Revere St. party late last night.  The man left the party and returned with others shortly after midnight. He and others in his group were unarmed.

When a second fight broke out, Damelio allegedly struck the victim in the head with a baton and encouraged Guilfoyle to “get the gun.”  Guilfoyle at this point retrieved a rifle, which he lawfully owned. Guilfoyle allegedly fired the rifle once at the victim, striking him in the upper abdomen.

Responding emergency medical technicians transported the victim to MGH with life-threatening injuries. Winthrop Police recovered the rifle at the scene. Guilfoyle allegedly admitted owning and using during the conflict.

In light of the seriousness of the victim’s injuries, Winthrop Police notified the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit, which has jurisdiction over death investigations in Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop, and parts of Boston. Because the victim is now expected to survive, Suffolk SPDU and additional State Police assets are assisting in the investigation as it is led by Winthrop detectives.

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Jun 30, 2016

BOSTON, June 30, 2016—A rapist identified through a DNA match was sentenced to up to 30 years in prison for attacking a woman in East Boston – and will only begin that sentence when he completes his current prison sentence on an unrelated conviction, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court Jury on Monday convicted THOMAS CRADOCK (D.O.B. 10/27/88) of aggravated rape, assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and aggravated assault and battery. At a hearing yesterday, Suffolk prosecutors recommended that he serve 30 to 35 years in state prison followed by 10 years of probation. more »


Jun 30, 2016

BOSTON, June 30, 2016—The Suffolk County Grand Jury has returned indictments charging a 16-year-old juvenile with the fatal stabbing of 15-year-old Deon Hopkins earlier this year, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The indictments, returned yesterday afternoon, charge AMARI POPE (D.O.B. 10/5/99) of Dorchester with second-degree murder and misleading a police investigator. They supersede a Dorchester Municipal Court complaint on which Pope was arraigned the day after Hopkins’ Feb. 21 stabbing death. Pope will be arraigned on the indictments in Suffolk Superior Court on July 17. more »


Jun 28, 2016

BOSTON, June 28, 2016—A drunk driver will spend up to 12 years in state prison after admitting responsibility for the death last year of 18-year-old Fritz Philogene in Dorchester, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

GREGORY McCOY (D.O.B. 1/10/88) of Dorchester pleaded guilty to manslaughter while operating under the influence, leaving the scene of a collision causing death, and leaving the scene of a collision causing injury. Assistant District Attorney Gregory Henning of the DA’s Senior Trial Unit recommended a sentence of 12 to 14 years in state prison. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Beverly J. Cannone imposed a term of 8 to 12 years. more »


Jun 28, 2016

BOSTON, June 28, 2016–Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today delivered the following remarks on the indictment of JAMES PAIGE (D.O.B. 3/28/66) for the 1987 homicide of Dora Brimage:

“On a warm night almost 30 years ago, 19-year-old Dora Jean Brimage left a party near Prentiss Street in Roxbury.  Her body was found the next morning – September 7, 1987 – in the rear of a Warren Avenue storefront.  She had been badly beaten, sexually assaulted, and strangled to death.

“Dora Brimage’s homicide went unsolved – until now. more »


Jun 27, 2016

BOSTON, June 27, 2016—An Arlington man was arraigned today for allegedly starting a fire in close proximity to two homeless men who were saved from death or serious injury by a Good Samaritan who smelled smoke, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MATTHEW CODY (D.O.B. 1/19/86) was indicted last week on charges of arson and attempted murder. He was arrested today by Boston Police at the Boston Municipal Court, where he was attending a court date on an unrelated case, and transported to Suffolk Superior Court, where the case will be adjudicated. more »


Jun 24, 2016

BOSTON, June 24, 2016— Jurors in the trial of three men charged in the slaying of 25-year-old Romeo McCubbin today returned guilty verdicts on firearm charges but declared themselves hopelessly deadlocked on the charge of murder, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

After more than two days of deliberations in the murder trial of OMAR BONNER (D.O.B. 8/2/87) of Hyde Park, OMAR DENTON (D.O.B. 5/9/84) of Milton, and ANDREW ROBERTSON (D.O.B. 06/09/1976) of Hyde Park, jurors convicted Bonner of unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest and Denton of unlawful possession of a firearm.  Jurors were unable to come to a unanimous decision on the charge of first-degree murder faced by all three defendants.  As a result, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders declared a mistrial. more »


Jun 24, 2016

BOSTON, June 24, 2016—A Boston attorney already suspended from practice in Massachusetts was arraigned today on charges he stole the identity of a business partner and nearly $50,000 from a client, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

WASSEM AMIN (D.O.B. 2/27/85) was arraigned this morning in Boston Municipal Court on two dockets, one charging larceny over $250 by single scheme, forgery of a check, and uttering a false check, and the second charging identity fraud and forgery of a document.  more »


Jun 24, 2016

BOSTON, June 24, 2016—More than two years after unidentified human remains were recovered on Revere Beach, a DNA match through a national missing and unidentified persons database has provided a previously-missing man’s family with answers in his disappearance, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The partial remains discovered in shallow water along the shoreline in 2014 have been conclusively identified as those of a 31-year-old man with ties to Oklahoma who had most recently been living in Cambridge. Prior to his last reported sighting in 2013, he wrote a letter to his family indicating that he was “going off the grid” and that they “would not see [him] again.” more »


Jun 23, 2016

BOSTON, June 23, 2016—A jail guard now suspended from his duties was arraigned today on charges that he had improper sexual contact with an inmate under his supervision, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MARLON JUBA, 29, was arraigned today in South Boston Municipal Court following his arrest yesterday by Boston Police. Assistant District Attorney Amy Martin recommended that he be held on $150,000 cash bail. Judge Ernest Sarason imposed bail of $20,000. more »


Jun 22, 2016

BOSTON, June 22, 2016—The Suffolk County Grand Jury this week returned indictments charging a Dorchester man with causing the death of 45-year-old Brian Hingston during a fight behind an Adams Street bakery, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said.

The indictments, returned Monday, charge BRYAN McELHINNEY (D.O.B. 8/17/92) with manslaughter and aggravated assault and battery in connection with the April 17 incident that claimed the Quincy resident’s life near the intersection of Adams Street and Gallivan Boulevard. more »


Jun 22, 2016

BOSTON, June 22, 2016—A Malden man was arraigned today in connection with the drowning death 26-year-old Mitchell Harrison, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

LENNY QUINTERO-FLORES (D.O.B. 2/17/89) was arraigned in Charlestown Municipal Court today on a charge of manslaughter.  At the request of ADA Lynn Feigenbaum, Judge Lawrence McCormick set bail in the amount of $25,000 and ordered Quintero-Flores to remain drug- and alcohol-free subject to random screening. more »


Jun 22, 2016

Both BOSTON, June 22, 2016—Two men were held without bail today following their arrests in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Raekwon Brown and non-fatal shootings of three bystanders earlier this month, Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JONATHAN AGUASVIVAS (D.O.B. 11/25/92) of Roxbury and BENZY BAIN (D.O.B. 12/17/91) of Mattapan were arraigned today in Dorchester Municipal Court following their arrests by Boston Police on warrants charging them with murder in connection with Brown’s fatal shooting near the Jeremiah E. Burke School in Dorchester. Two other teens, ages 16 and 17, received injuries that were not life-threatening and were transported to area hospitals; a fourth victim, a 67-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. more »


Jun 20, 2016

BOSTON, June 20, 2016—A Lynn teen has been indicted for murder in connection with the Chelsea shooting that killed 19-year-old Pablo Villeda and injured six others, while a second teen has been indicted for possessing a firearm in connection with the case, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk County Grand Jury today returned indictments charging EMANUEL MARRERO (D.O.B. 6/3/99) with first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, five counts of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and six counts each of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery by discharging a firearm.

EFRAIN VEGA (D.O.B. 12/14/98) was indicted on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.  Although he is a juvenile, his indictment under the state’s youthful offender statute opens his case to the public and subjects him to the full range of both juvenile and adult repercussions. more »


Jun 20, 2016

BOSTON, June 20, 2016—A man arraigned today on charges of wielding a hammer in a racially-motivated attack at Revere Beach was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing later this week, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

GIANPAOLO M. CERRETANI (D.O.B. 1/22/92), who claims addresses in Revere and Lynn, was arraigned today in Chelsea District Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, threats to commit a crime, civil rights violation, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Kacie Sherman, Judge Matthew Nestor ordered Cerretani held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled to take place on Thursday. more »


Jun 16, 2016

CHELSEA, June 16, 2016—Nearly two weeks after Marco Salguero-Cruz suffered fatal injuries in a hit-and-run collision, Chelsea and State police are asking the public to remain on the lookout for the vehicle that fled the scene of the crash.

Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said Salguero-Cruz, 25 and a resident of Chelsea, was struck in the area of 284 Washington Ave. at about 10:00 on the night of June 4. The vehicle that struck him left the scene without stopping. Salguero-Cruz was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he died of his injuries the next morning. more »


Jun 14, 2016

BOSTON, June 14, 2016—A Dorchester Municipal Court probation officer faces arraignment tomorrow for allegedly assaulting a female probationer in his courthouse office, Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments charging WILLIAM AVERILL (D.O.B. 2/13/66) of West Roxbury with three counts each of rape and indecent assault and battery, as well as one count of assault with intent to rape.  Averill has been on administrative leave from his professional duties since the investigation began earlier this year. more »


Jun 14, 2016

BOSTON, June 14, 2016—A Lynn man was arraigned yesterday in connection with a weekend attack in Revere in which he allegedly told the victim and his friends to “go back to [their] country,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JASON COLLURA (D.O.B. 12/31/87) was arraigned yesterday in Chelsea District Court on charges of assault and battery to intimidate, civil rights violation, disorderly conduct, and disturbing the peace.  Assistant District Attorney Michael Lafleur requested that Collura’s bail be set in the amount of $10,000 and that he be ordered to stay away and have no contact with the victim in the event he is to be released on bail.  Lafleur also requested that Collura’s bail be revoked in an open case out of Boston Municipal Court charging larceny from a person. more »


Jun 13, 2016

BOSTON, June 13, 2016—The state’s highest court today affirmed the first-degree murder conviction of the Mattapan man who strangled Rosanna Camilo inside her home, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling means that ELDRICK BROOM (D.O.B. 4/7/84) will not receive a new trial after a jury in 2013 found him guilty of aggravated rape and first-degree murder under both the theories of extreme atrocity and cruelty and felony murder.  Broom is currently serving a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. more »


Jun 10, 2016

BOSTON, June 10, 2016—A man was held without bail pending a probation hearing following his arraignment on charges of assaulting and robbing an elderly man last week, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MICHAEL BRUZZESE (D.O.B. 5/25/65), formerly of Hingham and more recently living in Cambridge, was arraigned in East Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery on an elder, unarmed robbery of a person over 60, breaking and entering a vehicle in the daytime, and larceny over $250.  Assistant District Attorney Lynn Feigenbaum requested bail of $100,000.  Judge John MacDonald imposed $25,000 and additionally ordered that he be held without bail on a Norfolk Superior Court probation matter.  According to prosecutors, Bruzzese is currently serving three years of probation for convictions on charges of possession of burglarious tools and two counts of malicious destruction of property over $250. more »


Jun 10, 2016

BOSTON, June 10, 2016—A Suffolk County prosecutor assigned to Roxbury Municipal Court was honored last night after her outstanding trial work during the 2016 Advanced Trial Training program, which brings dozens of young lawyers from across eastern Massachusetts together to hone their courtroom skills, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Assistant District Attorney Anna Lusardi received the Paul McLaughlin Advocacy Award for Top Prosecutor following the culmination of the six-month program, the mock trial of Commonwealth v. Green in the Oliver Wendell Holmes courtroom of the John Adams Courthouse in downtown Boston. The award is named after an assistant attorney general assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office before his 1995 murder; it was presented by Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke, the regional administrative justice for Suffolk County, who was a friend and colleague of McLaughlin. Daniel J. Gaudet, a staff attorney from the Committee for Public Counsel Services, received the Peter J. Muse Advocacy Award for Top Defense Counsel. more »


Jun 10, 2016

BOSTON, June 10, 2016—A Brighton real estate broker previously charged with tampering with a court document and presenting the forgery as genuine was arraigned on similar charges today – but only after a default warrant issued when he refused to enter the courtroom for his arraignment, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DAVID SCHER (D.O.B. 11/22/82) was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of perjury and uttering.  Assistant District Attorney Greer Spatz of the DA’s Special Prosecutions Unit requested bail of $2,000.  Clerk Magistrate Lisa Medeiros released Scher on his own recognizance. more »


Jun 10, 2016

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Massachusetts State Police Colonel Richard McKeon today announced the arrest of MICHAEL BRUZZESE, 51, for the June 1 assault on a man inside the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation in East Boston. BRUZZESE most recently had a temporary residence in Cambridge and formerly lived in Hingham.

BRUZZESE is charged with the following criminal offenses:

  1. Assault and battery on a person over 60;
  2. Breaking and entering of a vehicle during the daytime;
  3. Larceny; and
  4. Unarmed Robbery on a Person over 60.

BRUZZESE, who is currently on probation for a breaking and entering conviction, was taken into custody yesterday. He was arraigned and held overnight at the State Police Barracks in Revere. He will be arraigned today in the East Boston Division of the Boston Municipal Court. The investigation was led by State Police detectives assigned to the Suffolk District Attorney’s office with the assistance of Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police.

The charges relate only to the confirmed assault that occurred on the afternoon of June 1 in the reservation, a state Department of Conservation and Recreation property. The charges are not connected to injuries suffered by an 83-year-old East Boston man in the reservation on May 29. That man, Daniel Pepe, later died from his injuries at Massachusetts General Hospital. The State Police investigation into how Mr. Pepe suffered his injuries is ongoing, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has not yet ruled on the cause and manner of Mr. Pepe’s death.

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Jun 8, 2016

BOSTON, June 8, 2016—A man with prior convictions for embezzlement and fraud is now accused of a scheme in which he targeted gay men, drugged them unconscious, and stole their artwork, silverware, and even jewelry he was wearing at the time of his arrest, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RICCARDO D’ORSAINVILLE (D.O.B. 5/17/65), currently a resident of Norwood but previously of Boston, with one count of kidnapping and three counts each of poisoning, larceny over $250, and receiving stolen property. The indictments supersede a pending Boston Municipal Court case in which he was charged with one count of larceny over $250 after his arrest by Boston Police in February. more »


Jun 7, 2016

BOSTON, June 7, 2016–State Police assigned to the Revere Barracks and Suffolk County District Attorney’s office are investigating separate incidents that left two men injured, one of them fatally, at the Belle Isle Marsh last week.  The two incidents have not been conclusively linked, but State Police are advising the public of them and increasing patrols in an abundance of caution.

The first incident occurred on Sunday, May 29. An 83-year-old East Boston man was discovered at about 2:45 pm with a serious head injury and transported to Massachusetts General Hospital.  The man’s injuries prevented him from giving an account of what had happened. He succumbed to his injuries on June 1, after which State Police were notified.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has not yet determined the cause or manner of his death.

The second incident occurred on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 1, and involved an assault against a 67-year-old Lynn man.  That man suffered non-life threatening injuries. Based on evidence developed by State Police detectives during the course of their investigation, the assailant in this second incident is described as a male in his late 20s or 30s, approximately 5’9” tall, and wearing a hat, t-shirt and shorts that were all beige or brown in color.

Anyone with information about either incident is urged to share it with investigators.  The Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit can be reached at 617-727-8817.

State Police are increasing high-visibility patrols in the Belle Isle Marsh area starting immediately.

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Jun 7, 2016

BOSTON, June 7, 2016—A Lynn man was arraigned in his hospital bed today on charges he struck a State Trooper with his motorcycle, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DANILO DiROCHE (D.O.B. 12/17/89) was arraigned this afternoon in his hospital room at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston on charges issued out of Chelsea District Court of operating under the influence, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, reckless operation, failure to stop, speeding, leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, marked lanes violation, number plate violation, operating an unregistered vehicle, passing violation, and a learner’s permit violation.  Chelsea District Court Judge James Wexler imposed bail of $10,000 and ordered DiRoche to remain drug- and alcohol-free subject to random screenings and not drive unless properly licensed while the case is pending. more »


Jun 7, 2016

BOSTON, June 7, 2016—A Chelsea man was arraigned on firearm related charges yesterday after a concerned citizen helped Chelsea Police identify him as the gunman who fired into a crowd, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JESUS PEREZ (D.O.B. 12/14/96) was arraigned yesterday in Chelsea District Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, and attempted assault and battery with a firearm.  Assistant District Attorney Rob Arcangeli requested bail of $50,000.  Judge Matthew Nestor set bail in the amount of $5,000. more »


Jun 6, 2016

CHELSEA, June 5, 2016—Chelsea Police detectives and State troopers assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office are investigating a fatal hit-and-run last night, Police Chief Brian Kyes and District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The victim, identified as 25-year-old Marco Cruz, was struck by an unknown vehicle in the area of 284 Washington Ave. at about 10:15 p.m. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he died of his injuries this morning. His name is being withheld until full family notifications are made. more »


Jun 1, 2016

BOSTON, June 1, 2016—A Dorchester man will spend up to the next decade in prison after he admitted to running a human trafficking operation in which he targeted vulnerable women and used drugs, threats, and violence to control them, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ANTHONY DEW (D.O.B. 8/12/82) today pleaded guilty to human trafficking, assault and battery, distribution of a Class A substance, and distribution of a Class B substance.  Superior Court Judge Linda Giles sentenced Dew to eight to 10 years in state prison followed by seven years of probation. more »


Jun 1, 2016

BOSTON, June 1, 2016—The state Appeals Court yesterday affirmed the conviction of a Swampscott man who bit off his former business partner’s nose four years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

With its decision yesterday, a Massachusetts Appeals Court panel denied a new trial for KENNETH MICHAUD (D.O.B. 10/8/71), who was convicted of mayhem and assault and battery causing serious bodily injury for the May 2, 2012 incident outside a Revere restaurant.  He was sentenced to three to five years in prison and three years of probation at the conclusion of his 2013 trial. more »


May 31, 2016

Family Mourns Their “Angel” as Her Killer Gets Life

BOSTON, May 31, 2016—Family members and friends of 25-year-old Keosha Gilmore recalled the pain of losing “an angel” as the childhood friend who murdered her was sentenced to life in prison.

CHRISTOPHER JACKSON (D.O.B. 10/8/86) faced sentencing today after a Suffolk Superior Court jury last week convicted him of second-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and carrying a loaded firearm.  Judge Raffi Yessayan sentenced Jackson to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years – the mandatory term for the offense of second-degree murder – and concurrent sentences of six to seven years on the firearm charges. more »


May 31, 2016

CHELSEA, May 30, 2016–Chelsea Police detectives and State troopers assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office are investigating the death of a 4-month old boy earlier today, Police Chief Brian Kyes and District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A family member found the child unresponsive in their Washington Street apartment at about noon. He was transported to Whidden Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. A preliminary examination of the body did not reveal immediate signs of violent trauma and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of his death.  Detectives have likewise not developed evidence of foul play but their investigation remains active.

As with all death investigations, anyone with additional information is asked to share it with police.  Chelsea Police detectives may be reached at 617-466-4805 and the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit, which has jurisdiction over unattended deaths in Chelsea, may be reached at 617-727-8817.
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May 27, 2016

BOSTON, May 27, 2016—The shooting death of 38-year-old Thomas Hawkins in Mattapan was never forgotten by the police and prosecutors assigned to the case, who labored for more than a decade until they were able to charge two men with his murder, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

ELLIS GOLDEN (D.O.B. 1/26/84) was arraigned today in Dorchester Municipal Court on charges of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm for the 2004 incident that claimed Hawkins’ life on Marden Avenue in Mattapan. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Judith Lyons, Judge Jonathan Tynes ordered him held without bail. more »


May 27, 2016

BOSTON, May 27, 2016—Prosecutors and victim advocates from Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley’s office yesterday joined members of Boston’s Somali community to offer immigrant families an overview of the American justice system – and then enjoy a traditional Somali meal.

Conley’s staffers gathered with about 40 men and women during an information session yesterday evening at the Alrowda Masjid Mosque in Dorchester.  Conley’s office worked with Somali Community & Culture Association Executive Director Deeqo Jibril to extend the invitation to community members with the goal of answering questions and addressing concerns about issues facing them and families.  The event included a catered Somali dinner provided by the community. more »


May 27, 2016

BOSTON, May 27, 2016—The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed a Revere man’s manslaughter conviction in the fatal beating of 22-year-old Jose “Danny” Alicea outside a downtown nightclub, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ANTHONY VILLALOBOS (D.O.B. 12/29/87) was one of seven men found guilty in Alicea’s homicide at the hands of a tuxedo-clad mob outside a downtown nightclub. Six more were convicted of beating three of Alicea’s friends during the same incident near Club 33 on Stanhope Street during the early morning hours of Aug. 21, 2009. more »


May 26, 2016

BOSTON, May 26, 2016—A Suffolk Superior Court jury this afternoon convicted a Mattapan man of murdering 25-year-old Keosha Gilmore, a childhood friend who did not share his romantic feelings, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

After one day of deliberations, jurors found CHRISTOPHER JACKSON (D.O.B. 10/8/86) guilty of second-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and carrying a loaded firearm in connection with Gilmore’s Feb. 19, 2012, shooting death. more »


May 25, 2016

BOSTON, May 25, 2016—A Roxbury woman was held without bail today at her arraignment for allegedly beating 3-year-old Kenai Whyte to death earlier this year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MARIA BUIE (D.O.B. 7/28/92) was arraigned today on one count of second-degree murder stemming from fatal injuries she allegedly inflicted on Whyte in her Alpine Street home on Jan. 31. Clerk Magistrate Lisa Medeiros ordered her held without bail at the request of Assistant District Attorney Craig Iannini and scheduled her trial for May 25, 2017. more »


May 25, 2016

BOSTON, May 25, 2016—A Boston drug trafficker was sentenced to more than a decade behind bars after Suffolk prosecutors proved that he and another defendant repeatedly sold heroin and possessed almost a pound of it in their Roslindale stash house, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Friday convicted ELIEL “TONY” FIGUEROA (D.O.B. 2/9/83) of trafficking in more than 200 grams of heroin and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute after about a week of testimony stemming from his 2013 arrest. At a sentencing hearing yesterday, Judge Linda Giles today sentenced him to 12 years in state prison. more »


May 24, 2016

BOSTON, May 24, 2016—The brothers convicted of killing 22-year-old Christopher Borgella during a brawl outside a Dorchester hotel have been sentenced to life in prison, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A jury last week convicted HAROLD COLEMAN (D.O.B. 3/19/88) of Dorchester and SHAWN COLEMAN (D.O.B. 2/26/92) of Boston’s South End of second-degree murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the 2014 homicide during a brawl outside a Dorchester hotel.  Harold Coleman was also found guilty of malicious destruction of property over $250.  At their sentencing this morning, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Linda Giles imposed the mandatory term of life in prison, with parole eligibility after 15 years. more »


May 23, 2016

BOSTON, May 23, 2016—A man who allegedly attempted to take control of a Boston Police officer’s service weapon while begging police to shoot him has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ARTHUR CAMPBELL (D.O.B. 6/20/80) was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery on a police officer, attempted larceny, and trespassing.  Prosecutors requested bail of $50,000 and that Campbell’s bail be revoked on an open case out of the same court charging assault with a dangerous weapon and trespassing.  Judge Catherine Byrne ordered Campbell held without bail for a period of 20 days and ordered that he undergo a mental health evaluation.  Byrne declined to revoke bail on the open case.

According to prosecutors, Campbell entered a parking lot at the Area D-4 police station on Harrison Avenue marked with “no trespassing” signs, where he approached an officer inside his cruiser at approximately 2:15 p.m. Friday.  Campbell allegedly asked the officer to do him a favor, and when asked what the officer could do for him, responded, “Shoot me, kill me, I want to die,” prosecutors told the court.

The officer called for assistance and began to exit his cruiser.  Campbell initially refused to show his hands, then allegedly rushed at the officer, punching him in the abdomen.  Campbell grabbed the officer’s firearm and attempted to pull it from the holster; the officer, however, was able to maintain control over the weapon.  During a struggle with police, Campbell allegedly continued to repeat suicidal statements.

Campbell was taken into custody, booked, and transported to Boston Medical Center for evaluation.

After recovering Campbell’s cell phone from the parking lot, officers observed an incoming call on the phone.  They were able to speak with the caller and learned that Campbell had contacted her earlier in the day and allegedly made suicidal statements similar to those he made to police.

Campbell is represented by Meagan Burton.  He returns to court next month.

 

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May 20, 2016

BOSTON, May 20, 2016— An alleged career criminal was held on high bail at his arraignment today on charges he fired the stray bullet that struck a woman as she left church, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JAMES MARTIN Jr. (D.O.B. 3/7/94)  of Dorchester was arraigned today in Dorchester Municipal Court on charges of armed assault to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.  He was additionally charged as a Level III armed career because of prior convictions for distribution of a Class B substance in 2014 and for assault and battery in 2013 and 2014.

Assistant District Attorney Marc Tohme requested bail of $500,000 with orders that Martin wear a GPS monitor and remain under house arrest in the event he is to be released on bail.  Tohme moved to revoke bail on Martin’s open cases in Dorchester charging trespass and in Lynn charging him with violating a restraining order.  Judge Serge Georges imposed bail of $150,000, imposed the requested conditions of release, and revoked Martin’s bail in the Lynn case.  He additionally ordered Martin held without bail on an open probation matter. more »


May 18, 2016

BOSTON, May 18, 2016—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley is lending his support to a bill that would presume a man convicted of rape to be unfit to have custody of any child conceived as a result of the offense.

If passed, HD4590 – known as “An Act Protecting Rape Victims and Children Conceived in the Assault” – would create a legal presumption that it is not in the best interests of the child for the convicted rapist to have sole or shared custody of the child or visitation rights. The bill was filed by Rep. Michelle DuBois of Brockton. more »


May 16, 2016

BOSTON, May 16, 2016—Two brothers were sentenced to state prison today after admitting that they beat a homeless man last year because they believed him to be an illegal immigrant, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SCOTT LEADER (D.O.B. 7/20/77) and STEVEN LEADER (D.O.B. 8/5/85) of South Boston pleaded guilty to indictments charging them with causing bodily injury while committing a civil rights violation, assault and battery for purposes of intimidation causing bodily injury, two counts each of assault and battery, and two counts each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. more »


May 16, 2016

BOSTON, May 16, 2016—Two brothers whose joint actions led to the stabbing death of 23-year-old Christopher Borgella were convicted of his murder today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted HAROLD COLEMAN (D.O.B. 3/19/88) of Dorchester and SHAWN COLEMAN (D.O.B. 2/26/92) of Boston’s South End of second-degree murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the 2014 homicide during a brawl outside a Dorchester hotel. The men face mandatory life terms at a sentencing hearing next week. more »


May 13, 2016

BOSTON, May 13, 2016—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s chief trial counsel was recognized with a prestigious statewide honor at the Massachusetts Prosecutors Conference last night.

Assistant District Attorney John P. Pappas was presented with the William C. O’Malley Prosecutor of the Year award, named for the longtime Plymouth County district attorney who served as chairman of the board of the American Prosecutors Research Institute and president of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association and National District Attorneys Association. more »


May 11, 2016

Just shy of the three-year anniversary of 45-year-old Celestine Walker’s murder, her abusive partner was sentenced to life in prison for her homicide, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

After a Suffolk Superior Court jury found him guilty of second-degree murder and violating a restraining order that the victim had taken out against him, PHILLIP CARRINGTON (D.O.B. 4/6/65) today faced sentencing before Judge Frank Gaziano.  He sentenced Carrington to life in prison – the mandatory term for second-degree murder – with the possibility of parole after a period of 15 years and a concurrent term of 2 ½ years for the restraining order violation.  Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Hickman of the DA’s Homicide Unit had recommended that Gaziano use his discretion to set Carrington’s parole eligibility at 25 years, the maximum period allowed under the law. more »


May 10, 2016

BOSTON, May 10, 2016—A man who allegedly entered a dorm room at a college he does not attend and sexually assaulted a young woman has been indicted on rape and other charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury indicted SAMSON DONICK (D.O.B. 5/27/95), formerly of Boston and now a resident of Tiburon, California, on charges of aggravated rape, breaking and entering at night with the intent to commit a felony, burglary, and indecent assault and battery. He is expected to be arraigned tomorrow in Suffolk Superior Court. more »


May 10, 2016

BOSTON, May 10, 2016—The abusive partner who killed Celestine Walker almost exactly three years ago now faces a life sentence following his conviction for her 2013 murder, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury this afternoon convicted PHILLIP CARRINGTON (D.O.B. 4/6/65) of second-degree murder for strangling Walker, then 45, to death in her Heath Street home. He faces a mandatory life term when he is sentenced tomorrow. His conviction today came about six months after an earlier jury declared itself hopelessly deadlocked in its deliberations. more »


May 10, 2016

The state’s Appeals Court yesterday declined to order a new trial for a Cambridge man convicted of firearm charges in 2014, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

STEVEN BELIZAIRE (D.O.B. 1/27/87) appealed his 2014 conviction on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and carrying a loaded firearm, arguing that certain evidence should not have been presented during his trial.  In an unpublished decision issued today, the justices of the Appeals Court disagreed. more »


May 9, 2016

BOSTON, May 9, 2016—A man whom prosecutors say adopted a fictitious persona as a wealthy European émigré has been indicted for a scheme in which he allegedly drugged gay men at their homes and made off with expensive clothing, jewelry, and artwork, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury late Friday returned indictments charging RICCARDO D’ORSAINVILLE (D.O.B. 5/17/65), currently a resident of Norwood but previously of Boston, with one count of kidnapping and three counts each of poisoning, larceny over $250, and receiving stolen property. The indictments supersede a pending Boston Municipal Court case in which he was charged with one count of larceny over $250 after his arrest by Boston Police in February.

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May 6, 2016

BOSTON, May 6, 2016—The last of three men charged in the 2014 shooting deaths of Clarence McGregor and Teasia Montgomery has been apprehended in Georgia and faces rendition to Massachusetts, where his co-defendants were ordered held without bail last month.

Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today announced the arrest of LORENZO JONES, Jr. (D.O.B. 12/26/86) in Augusta, Georgia, on a warrant stemming from his March 29 indictment for two counts of first-degree murder and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. more »


May 4, 2016

BOSTON, May 4, 2016—The state’s Appeals Court today affirmed the convictions of two Dorchester men who took part in the murder of 24-year-old Toneika Jones, denying each a new trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury in 2012 convicted KADEEM FOREMAN (D.O.B. 8/6/89) of second-degree murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with Jones’ 2010 homicide and the non-fatal shooting of a then-19-year-old man.  The same jury found TERRELL RAINEY (D.O.B. 8/14/89) guilty of manslaughter. more »


May 2, 2016

BOSTON, May 2, 2016—The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a municipal court judge who had dismissed a stalking charge against a domestic violence defendant over prosecutors’ objections, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Appeals Court reinstated that charge and reversed an additional order by the judge reducing a count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the Roxbury Municipal Court case against PARISSE ODOM (D.O.B. 9/12/82), accused of beating a woman and making dozens of phone calls to her on Oct. 26, 2014. more »


Apr 29, 2016

BOSTON, April 29, 2016—The woman previously charged with assaulting Kenai Whyte has been indicted for the 3-year-old boy’s murder, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury today returned an indictment charging MARIA BUIE (D.O.B. 7/28/92) with second-degree murder for injuries she allegedly inflicted on the child shortly before he was found unresponsive in his Alpine Street home on the night of Jan. 31. The boy was rushed to Boston Medical Center, where he died of his injuries on Feb. 2. more »


Apr 29, 2016

BOSTON, April 29, 2016—As Child Abuse Prevention Month comes to a close, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today thanked police chiefs across Suffolk County for partnering in efforts to honor survivors of child abuse.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes, Revere Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli, and Winthrop Police Chief Terence Delehanty were among the local leaders who joined Conley in a social media campaign highlighting the bravery and resilience of children and adult survivors who disclosed abuse and assisted police and prosecutors in holding the offenders accountable. Most of those survivors obtained critical support from the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County, which connects victims and their loving caregivers with law enforcement, social services, clinical care, and more. more »


Apr 28, 2016

BOSTON, April 28, 2016—State Police detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man found deceased in the waters of the Charles River last month.

Investigators have exhausted the traditional methods of identifying the individual, whose body was spotted floating along the Esplanade on March 10. The body is described as that of a pale-skinned, white male approximately 60 years in age, about 5’8” tall, and about 200 lbs. He was bald except for white hair on the back and sides of his head, with white facial hair. more »


Apr 26, 2016

Survivor: “What Happened to Me Does Not Define Me”

Boston, April 26, 2016—As the man who assaulted her was sentenced to life in prison, a young sexual assault survivor today declared that she will “no longer be labeled a victim,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury on April 12 convicted ERROLL FOREMAN (D.O.B. 1/23/65) of three counts of aggravated rape of a child and single counts of assault and battery and witness intimidation.  Because Foreman was previously convicted of the rape and sexual exploitation of another child, Suffolk prosecutors sought a second trial in order to secure enhanced sentences for rape of a child as a subsequent offense.  At the conclusion of a jury-waived trial before Judge Linda Giles today, Foreman was found guilty of the subsequent offense and sentenced to life in prison. more »


Apr 26, 2016

BOSTON, April 26, 2016—The Massachusetts Appeals Court has rejected a serial rapist’s appeal of the Suffolk County convictions that led to his lengthy state prison sentence, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

In an unpublished decision released Friday, the Appeals Court affirmed the 2013 conviction of JOSE S. CASTILLO (D.O.B. 5/17/76) in connection with four assaults on women working as prostitutes in Chelsea during 2010.  Castillo is currently serving a sentence of 17 to 19 ½ years in state prison for aggravated rape, rape, assault with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of assault with intent to rape and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. more »


Apr 21, 2016

On Learning Victim’s Bank Card Was Used, Cops Find Suspects at Nearby ATM
BOSTON, April 21, 2016—A woman and a juvenile male were arraigned today on charges they broke into a woman’s home and robbed her at gunpoint, only to be arrested with the victim’s ATM card at a nearby bank, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

QUAKNESHA GARVIN-JOHNSON (9/30/93) of Dorchester and a 17-year-old male from Dorchester were arraigned in Dorchester Municipal Court on charges of home invasion, armed robbery, improper use of a credit card, receiving stolen property, and witness intimidation.  Garvin-Johnson is additionally charged with two counts of receiving a stolen credit card.  The juvenile faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer, and resisting arrest. more »


Apr 21, 2016

BOSTON, April 21, 2016—A Roxbury man was held on $500,000 cash bail today at his arraignment on charges that he shot a second man in view of a police officer working a detail near the scene, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DONDRE CRAWFORD (D.O.B. 12/15/95) was arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court today on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm as a second offense, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, unlawfully discharging a weapon within 500 feet of a dwelling, and resisting arrest. more »


Apr 21, 2016

BOSTON, April 21, 2016—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley will join elected officials, community leaders, and more than 100 kids for a day of fun and fair play at UMass Boston tomorrow as his annual community basketball tournament hits the court once again.

Conley’s eighth annual Basketball for Peace tournament kicks off tomorrow morning at UMass Boston’s Clark Athletic Center in Dorchester.  The event offers players a day of safe, healthy, team-oriented fun with Suffolk prosecutors, victim witness advocates, civilian investigators, and special guests dedicated to improving the lives of young people. more »


Apr 19, 2016

BOSTON, April 19, 2016—A survivor of sexual assault today expressed hope that the trial that led to the offender’s conviction would protect other potential victims – and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said there was no question that it would.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Friday convicted WILLIAM BERRY (D.O.B. 9/2/74) of aggravated rape, aggravated burglary, and breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony.  At his sentencing today, Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Riley of the DA’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Unit recommended a sentence of 18 to 22 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation. Judge Frank Gaziano imposed a term of 12 to 16 years in prison followed by eight years of probation.  more »


Apr 15, 2016

BOSTON, April 15, 2016—The South End man charged with fatally stabbing Santo Bernabel in 2014 and then setting fire to the victim’s Roxbury home will remain held without bail, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

VICTOR MONTES-SEVERINO (D.O.B. 3/23/94) was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of first-degree murder and arson of a building.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Craig Iannini of the DA’s Homicide Unit, Clerk Magistrate Lisa Medeiros ordered Montes-Severino to remain held without bail, as he has been since his Roxbury Municipal Court arraignment in connection with the case in February. more »


Apr 13, 2016

BOSTON, April 13, 2016—The repeat drug dealer and gun offender who allegedly shot a Boston Police officer earlier this year likely stopped shooting only because his gun jammed, saving the officer’s life, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury on March 17 returned indictments charging GRANT HEADLEY (D.O.B 6/28/88) of Dorchester with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery by discharging a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, unlawful possession of a large-capacity weapon and feeding device, unlawful possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, distribution of a Class B substance, possession of a Class B Substance with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.  In light of previous convictions, Headley was additionally indicted for unlawful distribution of a Class B substance as a second or subsequent offense, unlawful possession of a firearm as a third offense, and being a Level II armed career criminal. more »


Apr 12, 2016

A Dorchester man has been sentenced to prison after admitting to setting fires in both Suffolk and Middlesex counties in an act of domestic violence, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan, and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey announced.

ALFRED JORDAN (D.O.B.4/9/81) on Thursday pleaded guilty to arson and four counts of attempted murder resulting from offenses committed in Middlesex County and arson, attempted murder, and two counts each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery for offenses committed in Suffolk County on March 28, 2013.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Laurence Pierce sentenced the defendant to eight years to eight years and one day in state prison followed by five years of probation, during which time Jordan must undergo mental health evaluation and treatment, drug abuse evaluation and treatment, be subject to random drug screening, complete a certified batterers intervention program, and stay away from the victims and the locations of the fires which he admitted to setting. Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Lynn Feigenbaum and Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Dunigan had jointly requested a prison term of 14 to 15 years. more »


Apr 12, 2016

BOSTON, April 12, 2016—After releasing his final report, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today delivered the following findings in the fatal police-involved shooting of Angelo West after West shot one officer in the face and fired additional shots at four Boston Police officers and one State Police trooper on March 27, 2015:          more »


Apr 11, 2016

BOSTON, April 11, 2016—A Dorchester man was ordered held on high bail today during his arraignment today in connection with a series of armed robberies arranged through a dating app, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RAKEEM AUSTIN (D.O.B. 9/18/85) was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court this morning on nine counts of armed robbery in connection with incidents that occurred between Oct. 2 and Nov. 21.  Clerk Magistrate Lisa Medeiros imposed $75,000 bail.  Assistant District Attorney Greer Spatz of the DA’s Special Prosecutions Unit had requested bail of $90,000. more »


Apr 7, 2016

BOSTON, April 7, 2016—A repeat violent offender was held on high bail at his arraignment today for shooting a man during a dispute yesterday, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SAQUAN GAUL (D.O.B. 7/25/92) of Hyde Park was arraigned this morning in Dorchester Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, and possession of a Class B substance as a subsequent offense based on a 2015 conviction for possession of a class B substance.  Because he was previously convicted in 2014 for assault and two separate convictions in 2012 for assault and battery on a police officer, Gaul was additionally charged as a Level III armed career criminal.

Assistant District Attorney Caitlin Grasso of the DA’s Major Felony Bureau requested bail of $250,000 with orders that Gaul wear a GPS monitor, abide by a curfew, stay away and have no contact with the victim or witnesses, and stay away from the location of the shooting in the event he is to be released on bail.  Judge James Coffey set $200,000 bail and ordered Gaul to stay away and have no contact with the victim and witnesses and stay away from the location of the offense. more »


Apr 6, 2016

BOSTON, April 6, 2016—The man who murdered Sherry Leigh Bradley in a crime of domestic violence was sentenced to life in prison today after the victim’s daughter called him an “evil man” who “came uninvited into our lives,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CHHOEUT CHIN (D.O.B. 4/12/72) of Lynn was convicted Monday of second-degree murder for choking Bradley to death in 2013. The crime comes with a mandatory term of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 or more years. Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin recommended that he remain behind bars for at least 25 years, the maximum allowed by law; Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke set his parole eligibility at 20 years. more »


Apr 5, 2016

BOSTON, April 5, 2016—A Dorchester man faced arraignment today after a City of Boston employee followed the man as he fled after striking a woman with his car, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSEPH MORRISON (D.O.B. 12/9/87) was arraigned in Dorchester Municipal Court on three counts of leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury and single counts of leaving the scene of an accident causing property damage, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and an inspection sticker violation.  Assistant District Attorney Brian LeBlanc requested bail in the amount of $10,000.  Judge Thomas Kaplanes imposed $5,500 bail. more »


Apr 5, 2016

One Co-Defendant Pleaded Guilty, Another Remains at Large
BOSTON, April 5, 2016—A Dorchester man faces sentencing next week after a jury found him guilty of a 2014 home invasion, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury yesterday convicted XAVIER COLON (D.O.B. 5/16/92) of home invasion but acquitted him of two counts armed robbery in connection with the 2014 incident in Mission Hill.  He faces sentencing April 12.

A second man, KEITH GLOVER (D.O.B. 12/30/76) of Dorchester, last year pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery and a single count of home invasion for his role.  He is currently serving a state prison sentence.  A third co-defendant, KENNETH RODRIGUEZ (D.O.B. 9/19/91), fled Massachusetts prior to his 2014 arraignment and remains at large. more »


Apr 4, 2016

BOSTON, April 4, 2016—The Lynn man who killed 32-year-old Sherry Leigh Bradley after what prosecutors called a crime of deadly domestic violence was found guilty of murder in her 2013 homicide, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted CHHOEUT CHIN (D.O.B. 4/12/72) of second-degree murder today after about a day and a half of deliberations following about eight days of testimony. He faces a mandatory life term when he is sentenced Wednesday. more »


Apr 4, 2016

BOSTON, April 4, 2016—A thrice-convicted drug dealer was arraigned on firearm charges last week after an alert citizen reported seeing a man carrying a gun, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JANUARIO OLIVEIRA (D.O.B 01/11/85) of Dorchester was arraigned Friday in Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, and carrying a loaded firearm.  In light of three prior convictions for distribution of a Class B substance, he was additionally charges as a Level III armed career criminal. more »


Apr 1, 2016

BOSTON, April 1, 2016—Suffolk County District Attorney and Revere Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli today announced that the Everett man sought in connection with the December homicides of 66-year-old Peter Pitari and 38-year-old Cristy Johnson has been captured.

VICHETH SO (D.O.B. 10/25/79) was arrested today after Revere Police, State Police, and US Marshals received information placing So at an East Lyme, Connecticut, hotel. He was taken into custody on a warrant charging him with two counts of murder and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon.  He waived extradition during an appearance in New London Superior Court and will be returned to Massachusetts at a later date. more »


Apr 1, 2016

BOSTON, April 1, 2016—A Chelsea man was sentenced to prison today for pointing a loaded handgun at a police officer during a foot chase that followed shots fired, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury this morning found IGOR PEULIC (D.O.B. 1/30/83) of Chelsea guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.  Judge Elizabeth Fahey sentenced Peulic to four to five years in state prison followed by 2 ½ years  in the house of correction, suspended for a period of five years.  During that time, Peulic must enroll in a GED program; work or attend school full-time; complete drug, alcohol, and mental health evaluations and treatment, remain drug- and alcohol-free subject to random testing, and not possess any firearm or dangerous weapon.  Assistant District Attorney Nicole Rimar had recommended a state prison term totaling 6 ½ to 10 years. more »


Mar 31, 2016

BOSTON, March 30, 2016—Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today released video footage depicting an individual who may have valuable information on an active homicide investigation.

At about 2:00 am on Nov. 26, 2015, 30-year-old Jephthe Chery suffered a fatal gunshot wound when he was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight on Yawkey Way.  Investigators believe that Chery was an innocent bystander and had no role in the violence. Three other men were wounded in the gunfight but survived their injuries; one of them, DOMINIQUE CARPENTER-GRADY, has been indicted on firearms charges following his arrest amid the ongoing investigation.

Among the individuals present at the scene during the gunfight was an African-American male wearing a camouflage-print jacket.  This person can be seen on video footage pacing back and forth near the scene prior to the gunfire.

This footage has been released in hopes that the individual or a member of the public who recognizes him will contact homicide detectives with his identity.  At this time, investigators only wish to speak with him about his observations at the scene.  Anyone with information on his identity, the shootings, or Chery’s homicide is asked to contact Boston Police homicide detectives at 617-343-4470. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous may also call the Boston Police CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).

 

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Mar 30, 2016

BOSTON, March 30, 2016—A Brighton man found guilty of larceny was arraigned today on new charges alleging that he returned to the courthouse and tampered with the clerk’s file, altering the jury verdict slip to reflect a “not guilty” verdict and then presenting the doctored slip as genuine, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DAVID SCHER (D.O.B. 11/22/82) was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on a five-count indictment charging him with perjury, tampering with a court document, forgery, and two counts of uttering a false document. Because he walked into his summons arraignment, Clerk Magistrate Lisa Medeiros released him on his own recognizance and scheduled his trial for Dec. 13. more »


Mar 29, 2016

BOSTON, March 29, 2016—A Brighton man found guilty of stealing a laptop has been indicted for allegedly returning to the downtown courthouse where he was convicted and tampering with the jury verdict slip maintained by the clerk’s office, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DAVID SCHER (D.O.B. 11/22/82) was indicted March 9 on charges of perjury, tampering with a document for use in an official proceeding, forgery, and two counts of uttering a false document. He is expected to be arraigned tomorrow in Suffolk Superior Court. more »


Mar 29, 2016

BOSTON, March 29, 2016—A Roxbury woman was charged today with assaulting 3-year-old Kenai Whyte, who died last month under circumstances that remain under investigation, Suffolk county District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MARIA BUIE (D.O.B. 7/28/92) was arraigned today on one count of assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury after she surrendered herself to Boston Police. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Craig Iannini, Roxbury Municipal Court Judge David Poole set her bail at $100,000.

Boston Police responded to the Alpine Street home where Buie lives with Whyte’s father on the night of Jan. 31, 2016, and found the child unresponsive and suffering from injuries consistent with physical trauma. He was transported to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased on Feb. 2. The cause and manner of his death is the subject of an active, ongoing investigation by homicide detectives, Suffolk prosecutors, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Jennifer Sears is the DA’s assigned victim-witness advocate. Buie is represented by attorney J.W. Carney, Jr. She will return to court on April 28.

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Mar 29, 2016

BOSTON, March 29, 2016—A Dorchester man was arraigned today on firearm and other charges for his role amid the ongoing investigation into the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Jephthe Chery outside a Fenway bar on Thanksgiving morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DOMINIQUE CARPENTER-GRADY (D.O.B. 7/3/89) was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm as a second offense, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, discharging a firearm within 500-feet of a building, and three counts of attempted assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney John Pappas, Clerk Magistrate Lisa Medeiros set bail at $250,000.  According to prosecutors, Carpenter-Grady was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm in 2012. more »


Mar 25, 2016

BOSTON, March 25, 2016—An afterschool program teacher from Revere was arraigned today on charges of possessing child pornography, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

IAN SILVER-ECK (D.O.B. 12/1/95) a.k.a. IAN HENNIG of Revere was arraigned in Chelsea District Court today on one count each of possession of obscene material and possession of child pornography.  Assistant District Attorney Nicole Poirier of the DA’s Child Protection Unit requested bail of $10,000 and conditions that he wear a GPS monitor; not reside, work, volunteer, or have unsupervised contact with children under 18; stay away from afterschool workshops offered by his current employer; not loiter near schools, playgrounds, or other areas where children congregate; not use the internet; and allow the Department of Probation to contact all electronic devices, computers, or digital storage devices in the event he is to be released on bail.  Judge Emily Karstetter imposed $1,000 bail and all of the requested conditions after Silver-Eck walked into court this morning. more »


Mar 25, 2016

BOSTON, March 25, 2016—A Chelsea man has been sentenced to prison after he was convicted today of attacking a bouncer with a machete in 2014, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury deliberated for one day before convicting JOSE DAVID BENITEZ (D.O.B. 11/29/88) this morning of mayhem and aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  Judge Elizabeth Fahey sentenced Benitez to 10 to 12 years in prison and a consecutive probationary term of 20 years.  Assistant District Attorney Montez Haywood of the DA’s Senior Trial Unit had recommended a term of 14 to 15 years in prison followed by five years of probation. more »


Mar 23, 2016

BOSTON, March 23, 2016—In recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced a series of events in April to raise awareness of child abuse, honor survivors, and help victims through the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County.

Among the events planned is the 3rd annual Ginormous Climb to raise funds for the CAC on April 2.  Volunteers from Conley’s office, Boston Police, and other organizations will climb the 60-story stairwell of 200 Clarendon, formerly the John Hancock Tower.  Last year’s climb raised more than $100,000, far exceeding the event’s $75,000 goal.  This year, Conley hopes to top that amount again.

To learn more about the Ginormous Climb, including how to take part, visit http://climbforkids.suffolkcac.org/default.asp.

The money raised will support the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County, which acts as a hub connecting children who have been abused, neglected, or exploited and their non-offending caregivers with a myriad of services in a child-centered environment.  This allows victims to meet with police, prosecutors, medical and mental health clinicians, social service providers, and others at one location, reducing the number of times a victim must disclose the abuse and limiting the number of agencies he or she must visit for services.  Last year alone, more than 1,500 reports of child physical and sexual abuse were referred to the center.

To learn more about the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County, visit www.SuffolkCAC.org. more »


Mar 22, 2016

BOSTON, March 22, 2016—In a case made possible by civilian witnesses who tipped off Transit Police, a North Attleboro man was held on high bail for allegedly carrying a loaded gun in a crowded train station following Sunday’s parade, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

NICHOLA COSSETTE (D.O.B. 2/5/91) was arraigned yesterday in the Suffolk County Gun Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and carrying a loaded firearm.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Amanda Cascione, chief of the DA’s Gun Prosecution Task Force, Judge Sally Kelly set bail in the amount of $25,000. more »


Mar 21, 2016

BOSTON, March 21, 2016—The woman who set the fire that killed 20-year-old Crystal Lynn Blanchard in her Chelsea apartment five years ago was sentenced to life in prison for her actions, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MELISSA PFEIFFER (D.O.B. 1/12/84) was convicted Feb. 10 of second-degree murder under the theory of felony murder for starting the Dec. 24, 2010, fire that engulfed her Spruce Street apartment building, trapping Blanchard on the second floor, where she died. Pfeiffer was also convicted of one count of arson and two counts of causing injury to a firefighter as a result of criminal conduct. more »


Mar 17, 2016

BOSTON, March 16, 2016— Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, Massachusetts Inspector General Glenn A. Cunha, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Inspector General David A. Montoya today announced that the former head of a Boston elder services program has been indicted for stealing thousands of dollars that were intended to benefit the city’s seniors.

As the result of a multi-agency investigation, a Suffolk County grand jury today returned indictments charging ALFRED G. DAVIS (D.O.B. 5/20/45) of Lynn with two counts of larceny over $250 and single counts of forgery and uttering. more »


Mar 17, 2016

BOSTON, March 17, 2016—A Revere man has been convicted of murdering 50-year-old Ronald Russo of Winthrop and faces life in prison when he is sentenced next week, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today found PETER DECONINCK (DOB 10/5/66) guilty of first-degree murder in Russo’s 2013 stabbing death.  At his sentencing on March 24, Judge Linda Giles is expected to impose the mandatory sentence for that offense, life in prison without the possibility of parole. more »


Mar 17, 2016

BOSTON, March 17, 2016—The Suffolk County Grand Jury today returned a 12-count indictment charging a repeat offender with attempted murder and other offenses in the shooting of a Boston Police officer earlier this year, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The indictments charge GRANT HEADLEY (D.O.B. 6/28/88) of Dorchester with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery by discharging a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm as a second or subsequent offense, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, unlawful possession of a large-capacity weapon and feeding device, unlawful possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, unlawful distribution of a Class B substance as a second or subsequent offense, unlawful possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and being a Level II armed career criminal. more »


Mar 16, 2016

Gunman Guilty of Murder, Sentenced to Life in Prison

BOSTON, March 15, 2016— The Hyde Park man who fatally shot 22-year-old Nicholas Martinez in the South End in 2012 was sentenced to life in prison today after a jury convicted him of murder, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury deliberated for less than a day before convicting RAYMOND CONCEPCION (D.O.B. 4/30/97) this afternoon of first-degree murder under the theory of extreme atrocity or cruelty. Jurors also convicted him of unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with Martinez’s killing.  more »


Mar 16, 2016

Case Set New Standard for Post-Conviction Claims of Incompetence

BOSTON, March 15, 2016— The state’s highest court today affirmed the first-degree murder conviction of a man who shot his estranged mother in the head, killing her, more than a decade ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DEMOND CHATMAN (D.O.B. 6/20/73) was convicted of first-degree murder in 2002 for the Feb. 10, 2000, shooting death of 41-year-old Mary Chatman in Roxbury. The Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed that conviction and an earlier lower court decision denying his motion for a new trial. The SJC found that Chatman failed to offer compelling evidence that he was unable to assist in his own defense at the time of his trial – an argument he did not raise until six years after those proceedings. more »


Mar 15, 2016

BOSTON, March 15, 2016—Nine men have been arraigned and four more are the subjects of active arrest warrants in connection with a group attack that seriously injured a 20-year-old man at a Brighton bar earlier this year, Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The following men have been arrested by Boston Police and arraigned in Brighton Municipal Court on one count each of assault and battery and three counts each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, reflecting shod feet, glass bottles, and chairs used during the Jan. 24 attack at the Green Briar Pub on Washington Street: more »


Mar 15, 2016

BOSTON, March 15, 2016—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz will join East Boston middle school students and engage young people from across Boston in an annual outreach program that brings law enforcement, city government, and youth service providers together in pursuit of safety for kids and teens.

“Some of the most important work we do as prosecutors takes place in a classroom, not a courtroom,” District Attorney Conley said. “Engaging young people and offering meaningful alternatives to gang-related crime is at the heart of our emphasis on prevention and intervention. National Youth Violence Prevention Week is a chance to highlight that work and the huge contributions that young people make to our city each and every day.” more »


Mar 14, 2016

BOSTON, March 14, 2016—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans are warning potential renters to avoid online leasing scams amid an ongoing investigation into several incidents in Boston.

Suffolk prosecutors and Boston Police detectives are currently investigating incidents in which victims responded to apartment listings on web sites such as Craigslist and sent payments with the expectation that they would be leasing the apartment in the ad.  The victims would later arrive at the residence prepared to move in, only to find the property already occupied and the rightful owner unaware of any lease agreement. more »


Mar 9, 2016

BOSTON, March 9, 2016— A Boston dance instructor is currently held without bail after his arraignment yesterday on charges he indecently assaulted a child during lessons at the defendant’s North End home last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

WILSON ANTHONY (D.O.B. 7/19/96) was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court yesterday on two counts each of aggravated rape of a child and indecent assault and battery on a child. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Brenna Flynn of the DA’s Child Protection Unit, Judge Eleanor Sinnott ordered Anthony held without bail until his next court appearance. more »


Mar 8, 2016

BOSTON, March 8, 2016—The evidence gathered thus far on the multiple shooting that left 19-year-old Pablo Villeda dead indicates a single gunman using a single weapon, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said today.

EMANUEL MARRERO (D.O.B. 6/3/99) of Lynn was arraigned in Chelsea District Court today on charges of murder, armed assault with intent to murder, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon stemming from the incident for allegedly opening fire at a crowded party, killing Villeda and injuring six other young men and women. At prosecutors’ request, he was held without bail. more »


Mar 8, 2016

BOSTON, March 8, 2016—Suffolk prosecutors and city officials yesterday honored two groups of East Boston middle schoolers who graduated from anti-violence training.

Two seventh grade classes at Mario Umana Academy were honored for completing Overcoming Violence, a violence prevention training program offered by Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.  more »


Mar 8, 2016

BOSTON, March 7, 2016—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes tonight announced the arrest of a juvenile in the shooting death of 19-year-old Pablo Villeda.

Chelsea Police detectives and State troopers assigned to Conley’s office this evening placed the 16-year-old Lynn youth under arrest on a murder charge stemming from Villeda’s death early yesterday morning. He will be arraigned tomorrow in Chelsea District Court. Additional charges are likely to follow, police and prosecutors said. more »


Mar 7, 2016

BOSTON, March 7, 2016—The young man shot to death in a vacant apartment on Washington Avenue early yesterday morning has been identified as 19-year-old Pablo Villeda of Chelsea, Police Chief Brian Kyes and District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Police and prosecutors are asking for the public’s help as they continue to investigate the early-morning shooting, which also left six other young men and women with gunshot wounds. Those victims were three males ages 15, 18, and 22, and three females ages 15, 17, and 18. All are expected to recover from their injuries, as is a seventh survivor who sustained minor injuries while fleeing the gunfire. more »


Mar 4, 2016

BOSTON, March 4, 2016— A Stoughton man was arraigned this week for heroin trafficking after he attempted to hide the drugs in his shoe during a motor vehicle stop, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSUA PAGAN (D.O.B. 07/03/81) was arraigned Wednesday in West Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of trafficking heroin and a civil infraction of having no inspection sticker.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Paul Lewis, Judge Sally Kelly imposed $60,000 bail and revoked Pagan’s bail on an open Suffolk Superior Court case charging heroin trafficking, unlawful possession of ammunition, and money laundering. more »


Mar 3, 2016

BOSTON, March 3, 2016—Students at Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s alma mater have honored him as a “trailblazer” in efforts to serve underrepresented communities and increase diversity within the legal profession.

The Suffolk University Law School Student Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion Committee recognized Conley with the Trailblazer for Social Change award at its annual Diversity Dinner last night. Conley, a 1983 graduate of Suffolk Law, called the award “one of the greatest honors of my career and one that every prosecutor should aspire to.” more »


Mar 1, 2016

BOSTON, March 1, 2016—An alleged career criminal was arraigned yesterday on charges he was drunk behind the wheel of a car with a firearm inside, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

HAKIM JACKSON (D.O.B. 11/5/86) of Jamaica Plain was arraigned yesterday in Dorchester Municipal Court on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop, and a marked lines violation.  He was additionally charged as a Level I armed career criminal as a result of a prior conviction for armed robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon.  Assistant District Attorney Robert Connelly requested bail of $15,000 and orders that Jackson remain alcohol free subject to random testing, wear a GPS monitor, and abide by a curfew in the event he is to be released on bail.  Prosecutors also filed a motion to revoke Jackson’s bail on an open case out of Waltham District Court charging assault and battery.  Judge Thomas Kaplanes set bail at $10,000 and revoked Jackson’s bail in the open case. more »


Feb 29, 2016

BOSTON, Feb. 29, 2016—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today released video and audio recordings from the incident during which PETER FANFAN, 29, was fatally injured during a gunfight with police officers responding to a call for a person shot.

During a meeting with prosecutors assigned to the case, members of Fanfan’s family reviewed the recordings and asked that they be withheld from public view until after his funeral this past weekend. As with other cases in which video evidence has been released, Conley’s office agreed to that request. more »


Feb 29, 2016

BOSTON, Feb. 29, 2016—A suspect in the shooting death of 17-year-old D’Andre King-Settles was arraigned today following his arrest this weekend by Boston Police homicide detectives, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

TSUNAMI ORTIZ (D.O.B. 12/21/98) is charged with murder in the Dec. 18, 2015, encounter that claimed King-Settles’ life. He is additionally charged with two counts of armed assault with intent to murder reflecting shots fired at two surviving victims, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for a grazing injury to one of them, and firearms offenses. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Catherine Ham, Roxbury Municipal Court Judge David Weingarten ordered him held without bail. more »


Feb 29, 2016

BOSTON, Feb. 29, 2016—The man found deceased on Cottage Street yesterday morning has been identified as a Chelsea resident, and Chelsea Police Chief and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley are asking for the public’s help in determining the circumstances of his death.

The man was identified as 34-year-old Alex Perez, also known as Alex Perez-Lapop. Chelsea Police officers in the area for an unrelated call were approached just before 5:00 am by a witness who stated that there was an unresponsive male on the sidewalk near 83 Cottage St. Officers responded to the scene, attempted to provide medical assistance, and called for emergency medical services.

Perez was transported to Whidden Memorial Hospital, where he was declared dead at about 5:45 am. A preliminary examination of his body did not reveal obvious signs of violent trauma; the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of his death.

As with all cases of unattended death in Chelsea, State Police detectives assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office are leading the investigation with the support and assistance of Chelsea Police detectives.

Anyone with information on Perez’ death is asked to contact the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817 or Chelsea Police detectives at 617-466-4805. Tipsters may also call the 24-hour CrimeStoppers tip line at 617-466-4880 or submit tips through the Chelsea Police Department’s website at www.chelseapolice.com.

 

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Feb 26, 2016

BOSTON, Feb. 26, 2016—The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed a lower court’s ruling that a repeat drug dealer’s convictions for possessing a loaded .45 caliber semiautomatic Glock handgun were unaffected by the reversal of drug convictions compromised by a rogue former chemist at a Department of Public Health laboratory, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The eight-page decision by Justices Judd Carhartt, Cynthia Cohen, and Jeffrey Kinder rejected the appeal by LARRY BLUE (D.O.B. 7/14/67) of Dorchester on his 2010 conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm as a third offense. Blue is currently serving a 10-year state prison term on that conviction. more »


Feb 25, 2016

BOSTON, Feb. 25, 2016—A Dorchester man was sentenced to state prison last week after he admitted to selling two women for sexual services, including one who died as the case was heading to trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke sentenced RASHAUN HENDREN (D.O.B. 3/31/92) to four to five years in state prison – the term recommended by prosecutors – after his guilty plea to deriving support from prostitution on Feb. 17, one day before his trial was set to begin. The charge carries a maximum term of five years. more »


Feb 23, 2016

Milagros “Millie” Alvarado, Age 37, Disappeared from Worcester County in 1994

BOSTON, Feb. 23, 2016—The woman whose skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area in Boston more than 20 years ago has been identified as a Fitchburg woman, and police and prosecutors in both jurisdictions are working jointly to determine the circumstances leading to her death. more »


Feb 23, 2016

BOSTON, Feb. 23, 2016—An East Boston man who drove for a ride-share service was convicted of assaulting a female passenger in his vehicle, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Abderrahim Dakiri (D.O.B 3/29/1984) waived his right to a jury trial in the 2015 incident for which he was charged with indecent assault and battery. After a bench trial Friday, Boston Municipal Court Judge Michael Coyne found him guilty of the lesser included offense of assault and battery and sentenced him to two years of probation. Coyne ordered Dakiri to stay away from the victim, her workplace, and the campuses of her Boston-area university. If he fails to comply with that order, or if he re-offends, he could be sentenced to up to two and a half years in a house of correction. more »


Feb 22, 2016

BOSTON, Feb. 22, 2016—A 16-year-old Dorchester youth was arraigned on a murder charge today for the stabbing death of 15-year-old Deon Hopkins yesterday, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

AMARI POPE (D.O.B. 10/5/99) was arraigned this afternoon in Dorchester Municipal Court. Assistant District Attorney Gregory Henning of the DA’s Senior Trial Unit recommended that he be held without bail. Judge Serge Georges granted that request. more »


Feb 19, 2016

BOSTON, Feb. 19, 2016— An appellate court ruled today that a Dorchester man will not receive a new trial for his role in the stabbing death of Joel Turner during a 2001 home invasion – and for another drug-related robbery he committed at the same address three weeks earlier, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RYAN CONWAY (D.O.B. 8/20/78) pleaded guilty in 2003 to one count of second-degree murder, four counts of home invasion, and six counts of armed assault in a dwelling.  In an unpublished decision issued today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed lower court denials of his motions to withdraw those pleas and seek a new trial.  Conway is currently serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 15 years, plus concurrent sentences totaling 20 to 22 years, for the Jan. 31, 2001, home invasion in which Turner was killed and an additional home invasion at the same address weeks earlier. more »


Feb 18, 2016

BOSTON, Feb. 18, 2016—A Charlestown man was sentenced to two years behind bars this week for refusing to provide information during a grand jury investigation into the 2014 murder of Ryan Morrissey, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DANIEL GOGGIN (D.O.B. 9/24/94) pleaded guilty Tuesday as his trial on one count of criminal contempt of court was scheduled to begin.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Montez Haywood of the DA’s Senior Trial Unit, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Edward P. Leibensperger sentenced him to two years in the house of corrections. more »


Feb 12, 2016

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 »


Feb 12, 2016

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 »


Feb 11, 2016

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 »


Feb 10, 2016

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 »


Feb 10, 2016

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 »


Feb 5, 2016

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:

  1. CHRISTOPHER OTERO (D.O.B. 7/1/91) of Revere;
  2. HARVEY SHAPIRO (D.O.B. 12/31/52) of Needham;
  3. ROBERT P. SMITH (D.O.B. 2/18/40) of Back Bay;
  4. JOSHUA STERNSTEIN (D.O.B. 5/14/83) of Boston; and
  5. BRAD WATKINS (D.O.B. 9/26/76) of Dorchester

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Feb 4, 2016

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 »


Feb 3, 2016

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 »


Feb 3, 2016

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 »


Jan 29, 2016

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 »


Jan 28, 2016

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 »


Jan 28, 2016

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 »


Jan 27, 2016

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 »


Jan 27, 2016

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 »


Jan 26, 2016

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 »


Jan 21, 2016

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 »


Jan 20, 2016

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 »


Jan 19, 2016

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 »


Jan 15, 2016

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 »


Jan 15, 2016

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 »


Jan 13, 2016

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 »


Jan 13, 2016

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 »


Jan 11, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 11, 2016—A convicted felon on probation after a prison sentence and being sought for selling cocaine opened fire on a Boston Police officer, hitting him, before being tackled and taken into custody, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said after the man’s arraignment today.

GRANT HEADLEY (D.O.B. 6/28/88) of Dorchester was arraigned in Dorchester Municipal Court on two sets of charges: distribution of a Class B substance as a second or subsequent offense for a Jan. 5 incident, and unlawful possession of a firearm as a second or subsequent offense, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and armed assault with intent to murder for the Jan. 8 incident that injured a member of the Boston Police Drug Control Unit. more »


Jan 11, 2016

Leaves Intact State Court Ruling that Warrant Not Necessary for Testing on Lawfully Seized Evidence

 

BOSTON, Jan. 11, 2016—The nation’s highest court has declined to review the appeal of a Chelsea man convicted in part through DNA evidence, letting stand a Massachusetts court ruling that a warrant is not necessary for investigators to perform DNA testing of lawfully seized evidence, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

The Supreme Court of the United States on Friday denied a petition for review filed on behalf of MANUEL ARZOLA (D.O.B. 9/25/68), who was convicted in 2012 of stabbing another man in Chelsea. Among the evidence at trial was a bloodstain on Arzola’s shirt, which was lawfully seized at the time of his arrest; that stain was subjected to DNA testing that revealed the blood had come from the victim. more »


Jan 6, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 6, 2015—The man who shot 17-year-old Evens Archer to death two summers ago admitted his guilt as his trial was set to begin, Suffolk County District attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

JOHNNIE BONNIE (D.O.B. 6/28/92) of Jamaica Plain pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the June 29, 2014, shooting that claimed Archer’s life about three weeks later. He faces a 20-year prison term when he is sentenced tomorrow, with that term to start only after his current imprisonment on an unrelated 2015 gun conviction is complete. more »


Jan 4, 2016

BOSTON, Jan. 4, 2016—A Waltham man was arraigned last week on heroin trafficking and gun charges after he was arrested amid a drug investigation  at a downtown hotel, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

WENDY JOSEPH (D.O.B. 11/14/92) was arraigned Thursday in Boston Municipal Court on charges of heroin trafficking, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition.  Assistant District Attorney Patrick Leeman of the DA’s Gun Prosecution Task Force requested bail of $100,000 and orders that Joseph wear a GPS monitor, remain under house arrest, surrender his passport, and remain within Massachusetts in the event he is released on bail.  Judge Robert McKenna imposed $2,500 bail and ordered Joseph to submit to GPS monitoring and a curfew if released.  He additionally ordered that Joseph be held for transport to Waltham District Court on a probation matter.  According to prosecutors, Joseph is currently on probation out of that court on a 2015 conviction for assault and battery. more »