Press Releases from 2017
Sep 18, 2017

BOSTON, Sept. 18, 2017—A man and woman were arraigned today on charges connected with an early-morning incident last week that left three people with serious injuries, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JESSE LACATENA (D.O.B. 12/25/93) and ELISHA ROCKETT (D.O.B. 7/12/96), both of Malden, were arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court for the physical altercation near Downtown Crossing on Friday morning. more »


Sep 18, 2017

BOSTON, Sept. 18, 2017—A man currently serving a prison sentence for a 2013 shooting has been charged with murder for his role in the homicides of Tremayne Jackson, 22, and Mibsam Wiggins, 23, two months earlier, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

TABARI MUHAMMAD (D.O.B. 12/13/91) was arraigned on two counts of first-degree murder for the incident that claimed both young men’s lives in the area of Quincy and Warren streets on the afternoon of May 3, 2013. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin, Suffolk Superior Court Clerk Magistrate Lisa Medeiros ordered him held without bail. more »


Sep 15, 2017

BOSTON, Sept. 15, 2017—State Police Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today that warrants charging a Dorchester man with the homicides of Scott M. Stevens, Jr., and Michaela Gingras have been lodged at the Suffolk County Jail, where he is currently held without bail in unrelated cases.

The warrants, obtained late last night, charge LANCE HOLLOMAN (D.O.B. 1/12/87) with murder, armed assault with intent to murder, and other offenses for allegedly shooting Stevens, 32, and a 54-year-old relative as they rode their motorcycles southbound on Route 93 near the Neponset Avenue exit at about 5:00 Sunday evening. Stevens, a resident of East Taunton, died of his injuries at Boston Medical Center on Wednesday; his relative is expected to survive.

The warrants also charge Holloman with murder for Gingras’ fatal shooting. The 24-year-old resident of Manchester, New Hampshire, was found with fatal gunshot injuries several hours later inside a residence on Santuit Street in Dorchester. She was pronounced dead at the scene late Sunday night. more »


Sep 13, 2017

BOSTON, Sept. 13, 2017—The younger of two men shot while riding their motorcycles on the Southeast Expressway this weekend has died of his injuries.

Scott M. Stevens, Jr., 32, of East Taunton died late yesterday afternoon at Boston Medical Center of gunshot injuries sustained Sunday afternoon as he and a family member rode southbound on Route 93 near the Neponset Avenue exit. The 54-year-old family member, who was also struck by gunfire, was transported to Tufts Medical Center and is expected to survive. more »


Sep 12, 2017

BOSTON, Sept. 12, 2017— Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today submitted testimony supporting state legislation that would help survivors of homicide victims bury their loved ones with dignity.

“Providing all families of homicide victims with some modest assistance to bury their loved ones with dignity is an act of compassion and support for grieving families and reduces pain and trauma for many in the community as well,” Conley said. more »


Sep 8, 2017

BOSTON, Sept. 8, 2017—The man who allegedly drove Kevin Reyes’ killers to and from the scene was arraigned today, making him the third person charged in the case, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CALVIN MURPHY-PETERSON (D.O.B. 1/20/95) of Norwood was arraigned on a murder charge today in the Boston Municipal Court. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Hickman, Judge Sally Kelly ordered him held without bail.

Murphy-Peterson is accused of joining RICARDO EDWARDS (D.O.B. 2/14/94) of Roxbury and GREG WRIGHT (D.O.B. 12/16/95) of Cambridge to take part in Reyes’ homicide in Chinatown during the early morning hours of May 27. more »


Sep 8, 2017

BOSTON, Sept. 8, 2017— An Arlington man was sentenced to prison today after his conviction for starting a fire near an alcove where two homeless men were sleeping, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

At the conclusion of a jury-waived trial yesterday, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Peter Lauriat found MATTHEW CODY (D.O.B. 1/19/86) guilty of two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon but acquitted him of arson and attempted murder.  Prosecutors had indicted Cody for arson and attempted murder, as well; Lauriat acquitted Cody of those charges.

Lauriat today sentenced Cody to 18 to 20 months in state prison followed by three years of probation, during which time Cody must undergo a mental health evaluation and drug and alcohol treatment.  Assistant District Attorney David McGowan, the DA’s arson point prosecutor, had requested a term of up to three years in prison. more »


Sep 7, 2017

BOSTON, Sept. 7, 2017—A Revere man was held on high bail today following his arraignment for allegedly stabbing two men, one of them fatally, during an early morning altercation in Chelsea, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

NAZEEB GONZALEZ (D.O.B. 10/17/79) was arraigned in Chelsea District Court on charges of manslaughter and armed assault with intent to murder for the incident at Broadway and Stockton Street just before 3:10 am. Assistant District Attorney Judith Lyons recommended that he be held on $750,000 cash bail; Judge Ina Howard-Hogan imposed $200,000 and ordered that Gonzalez wear a GPS monitor if he posts that amount. more »


Sep 7, 2017

BOSTON, Sept. 7, 2017—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today released the file documenting his office’s investigation into the death of Antonio Corona-Razo, who suffered a fatal cardiac arrest after he broke into a Revere apartment building, twice attempted to jump through a third-story window, and then violently struggled with responding police officers, who attempted to subdue him first with empty hands and then with Tasers when he repeatedly punched and kicked them.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on determined that Corona-Razo’s death was the result of “cardiac arrest in a person with acute cocaine intoxication, blunt force injuries and psychomotor agitation following an altercation with police involving the use of electronic control devices and physical restraints.” Conley determined that criminal charges were not warranted in connection with Corona-Razo’s death.

Conley provided the news media, Corona-Razo’s wife, and representatives of the Mexican and Peruvian consulates with copies of the investigative file, which includes 14 recorded interviews with police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel; two transcribed interviews with civilian witnesses; more than seven hours of 911 calls and public safety dispatch transmissions; 83 photographs from the scene; and 110 pages of reports, memoranda, and Taser examination results. That wholesale release of investigative materials is standard under Conley’s policy of transparency in all police-involved fatalities in Suffolk County and is believed to be unparalleled across the country. more »


Sep 7, 2017

CHELSEA, Sept. 7, 2017—Chelsea Police detectives and State troopers assigned to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office have charged a Revere man in connection with this morning’s fatal stabbing on Broadway and are seeking a Good Samaritan who stopped to help in its aftermath, Police Chief Brian Kyes and District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

NABEEB GONZALEZ (D.O.B. 10/17/79) is expected to appear today in Chelsea District Court on a manslaughter charge stemming from the fatal stabbing of a 23-year-old Everett man in the area of Broadway and Stockton Street shortly before 3:10 this morning. This man’s identity is being withheld until his family can be located. A 34-year-old Chelsea man was also found injured at the scene and is expected to survive. more »


Sep 7, 2017

CHELSEA, Sept. 7, 2017—Chelsea Police detectives and State troopers assigned to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office are investigating a fatal stabbing and non-fatal injuries to two other men on Broadway early this morning, Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Responding Chelsea officers found a 23-year-old Everett man in the area of Broadway and Stockton Street shortly before 3:10 this morning. He was rushed to CHA Everett Hospital, where he died of his injuries. A 34-year-old Chelsea man was also found injured at the scene. He was hospitalized with less serious injuries, as was a 37-year-old Revere man whom police found about a block away, also injured. more »


Sep 6, 2017

BOSTON, Sept. 6, 2017—A former tax preparer today admitted that he fraudulently obtained thousands of dollars in state income tax refunds for himself and others by filing false returns, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RAFAEL HUERTAS, Jr., (D.O.B. 2/27/85) of Lawrence pleaded guilty to six counts of presenting a false claim upon a public agency, six counts of delivering a fraudulent document, two counts of willfully assisting in preparation of a fraudulent return, and single counts of willful failure to file a tax return, identity fraud, and money laundering. The charges stem from actions Huertas undertook between 2011 and 2014, including a period between 2012 and 2013, when he worked for a tax preparation service in Lowell. Huertas was charged in Suffolk County because he filed the false claims with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue in Chelsea. more »


Sep 6, 2017

BOSTON, Sept. 6, 2017—A South End man accused of a near-fatal stabbing during an apparent robbery was identified and apprehended through the cooperation of witnesses, the use of public safety cameras, and a fingerprint match, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DAVONGIE STONE (D.O.B. 4/28/97) was arraigned today on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, armed robbery, and related offenses for the Sept. 3 incident near Downtown Crossing. Assistant District Attorney David McGowan of the DA’s Senior Trial Unit recommended that he be held on $1 million cash bail. Boston Municipal Court Judge Marc Hart Summerville imposed $500,000 and revoked Stone’s bail on an open shoplifting case out of Roxbury. more »


Sep 5, 2017

In Separate Brighton Case, Hit and Run Driver Held on High bail

BOSTON, Sept. 5, 2017—An East Boston man was held without bail following his arraignment as a fugitive from murder charges out of New Jersey, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

FRANCISCO CARLOS RAMIRES (D.O.B. 12/30/96), a.k.a. CARLOS CAMPOS, was arraigned in Brighton Municipal Court on a complaint charging him as a fugitive from justice in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Assistant District Attorney Alyssa Tochka told the court that Ramires was also in default on a 2016 East Boston Municipal Court case charging him with malicious destruction of property. more »


Aug 31, 2017

BOSTON, Aug. 31, 2017—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today released his entire investigative file on the Oct. 30, 2016, police-involved shooting death of Terrence Coleman inside a narrow South End foyer after he wielded a kitchen knife during an attack on emergency medical personnel and then on police officers who ran inside to aid them.

The file includes more than 200 photographs; over an hour and a half of dispatch transmissions, including an urgent call for help by one of the EMTs; a dozen recorded interviews, including a post-Miranda interview with the officer who discharged his firearm; and more than 400 pages of reports, transcripts, and forensic testing results documenting the exhaustive investigation overseen by Assistant District Attorney David Deakin, Senior Counsel to the District Attorney. Conley provided a copy of the file to Coleman’s family through their attorneys and additional copies to the news media. 

The evidence and the law do not support criminal charges against Officer Garrett Boyle, who discharged his service weapon only after Coleman attempted to stab and slash EMTs and as he attacked police officers using a kitchen knife with a five-inch, serrated blade inside the foyer of 245 Shawmut Ave. The EMTs were already under attack and in imminent, life-threatening danger when Boyle and his partner entered the premises. Under those circumstances, Conley said, the officer’s use of deadly force was a lawful exercise of self-defense and defense of others. more »


Aug 28, 2017

BOSTON, August 28, 2017— A Leominster man was arraigned today on charges he took part in the shooting of another man in Chelsea, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JUAN OLIVA (D.O.B. 9/13/89) of Leominster was arraigned today in Chelsea District Court on charges of armed assault in a dwelling, armed assault with intent to murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and carrying a loaded firearm.  Prosecutors requested bail of $25,000 and orders that Oliva wear a GPS monitor, abide by a curfew, and stay away and have no contact with witnesses in the event he is to be released on bail.  Judge Matthew Nestor imposed bail of $5,000 and ordered Oliva to submit to GPS monitoring and stay away from the victim’s home and from the hospital where the victim is receiving treatment.  He was also ordered to stay away and have no contact with a second man sought in connection with the shooting. more »


Aug 25, 2017

BOSTON, Aug. 24, 2017—The man who allegedly shot and killed 28-year-old Michael Miranda was ordered held without bail at his murder arraignment today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KIEWANN WATSON (D.O.B. 6/6/88) of Mattapan was also charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm for the incident that also left a 21-year-old man injured with nonfatal gunshot injuries. more »


Aug 25, 2017

BOSTON, August 25, 2017— The Dorchester man convicted of murdering of his childhood friend, 24-year-old Anthony Depina, will not receive a new trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court this morning affirmed the conviction of JASON “LITTLE J” BARBOSA (D.O.B. 1/8/89), whom a Suffolk Superior Court jury found guilty of first-degree murder in 2013 for the slaying outside a Roxbury night club. more »


Aug 22, 2017

BOSTON, Aug. 22, 2017—A Hyde Park man was held without bail today following his arraignment for the shooting death of 29-year-old Jorrell Browne in Mattapan earlier this summer, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ANDRE HENDERSON (D.O.B. 11/19/82) was charged in Dorchester Municipal Court with murder and unlawful possession of a firearm for the June 26 shooting that claimed Browne’s life.

“Thanks to witness statements, video footage, and methodical work by investigators, we’re one step closer to delivering justice for Mr. Browne and his loved ones,” Conley said. “Some cases can be built in days and others take weeks or even years, but we will never give up until the truth is spoken in a Suffolk County courtroom.” more »


Aug 22, 2017

BOSTON, August 22, 2017— A Roxbury man was sentenced today to 20 years in prison after a jury last week convicted him of trying to murder three people when he opened fire on their car on a summer afternoon two years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Thursday found FABIAN GONZALEZ (D.O.B. 4/9/91) guilty of aggravated assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, armed assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for the 2015 triple shooting that left a young man with permanently debilitating injuries and wounded two women.

During a sentencing hearing today, Judge Peter Lauriat imposed a term of 15 to 20 years in state prison. Assistant District Attorney Catherine Ham, who prosecuted the case at trial, recommended 18 to 20 years. more »


Aug 21, 2017

BOSTON, Aug. 21, 2017—A former police officer was sentenced today for beating a woman during an arrest and then lying in subsequent reports on the incident, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins last month convicted JENNIFER GARVEY (D.O.B. 9/28/82) of two counts each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and filing a false report as a public employee. Suffolk prosecutors had indicted Garvey on felony charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon – a police baton – and causing injury while violating a person’s civil rights; Wilkins acquitted her on those charges.

“This defendant not only escalated the situation and used force far beyond what was necessary,” Conley said. “She also hijacked the criminal justice system by pursuing charges against the victim that she knew were unfounded. She injured the victim, she lied to the community, and she did a disservice to every officer who approaches the job with integrity.” more »


Aug 15, 2017

BOSTON, August 15, 2017— A Boston man and a 17-year-old from Malden were each arraigned today in connection with separate incidents of vandalism at the New England Holocaust Memorial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A 17-year-old male from Malden was arraigned today in Boston Juvenile Court on charges of disorderly conduct malicious destruction of property over $250, and causing injury over $5,000 to a church, synagogue or memorial. After the juvenile walked in to court today, Judge Terry Craven released him on his own recognizance with orders to stay away from the memorial and comply with mental health treatment.

SAID BOUZIT (D.O.B. 3/29/80), who provided the address of a Boston mental health facility as his residence, was arraigned this afternoon in Boston Municipal Court on charges of vandalizing a grave planting and disorderly conduct. Judge Thomas Horgan set bail in the amount of $5,000 and revoked Bouzit’s open bail in a pending case charging assault and battery on a corrections officer.   more »


Aug 14, 2017

BOSTON, August 14, 2017—Revere Police Chief James Guido and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced that three men were held on high bail today after Revere Police responding to a 911 call yesterday discovered a cache of weapons that included a machine gun.

DANIEL BALLANTINE (D.O.B. 5/23/93) of Revere, his brother JOHN BALLANTINE (D.O.B. 7/13/89) of Revere, and JASMIN TIHIC (D.O.B. 10/13/94) of East Boston were arraigned late this afternoon in Chelsea District Court following their arrests yesterday by Revere Police. more »


Aug 8, 2017

BOSTON, August 8, 2017— A New York man was held on high bail at his arraignment today in a 2016 double shooting at an East Boston MBTA station, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ROGELIO ALVARADO (D.O.B. 914/94), most recently of Huntington, New York, was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, and two counts of assault and battery by discharge of a firearm.  Assistant District Attorney Stacey Pichardo of the DA’s Gang Unit requested bail of $1 million bail; Alvarado was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail and ordered to stay away from all victims and witnesses and wear a GPS monitor in the event he posts that amount. more »


Aug 8, 2017

BOSTON, Aug. 8, 2017—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office today agreed to vacate the 1981 conviction of FREDERICK CLAY for the first-degree murder of Jeffrey Boyajian and immediately filed additional paperwork ending any further prosecution in the 28-year-old cab driver’s murder in Roslindale.

“Upon review of the evidence, including that advanced by the defendant in his motion and that gathered by the Commonwealth after receiving the motion, and after extensive investigation and scrutiny by this office’s Conviction Integrity Program, the Commonwealth has concluded that the interests of justice would not be served by the prosecution of this case,” Conley’s office wrote in the nolle prosequi, filed at a hearing on a defense motion for new trial to which prosecutors assented. more »


Aug 7, 2017

BOSTON, August 7, 2017— An Attleboro man charged with drugged and drunk driving when he struck a child on a crosswalk is held pending a dangerousness hearing, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RICHARD M. HIGGINS (D.O.B. 1/21/39) of Attleboro was arraigned today in South Boston Municipal Court on charges of operating under the influence of liquor as a fifth offense, operating under the influence of drugs, operating a motor vehicle after suspension for operating under the influence, operating under the influence after suspension for operating under the influence, leaving the scene of personal injury, leaving the scene of property damage, negligent operation, and speeding.  According to prosecutors, Higgins was previously convicted of operating under the influence of alcohol in 1962, 1996, 1998, and 2007.

At the request of Assistant District Attorney Franklin Kanin, Judge Michael Bolden ordered Higgins held pending the outcome of a dangerousness hearing on Thursday to determine whether there is “clear and convincing evidence that no conditions of release will reasonably assure the safety of any other person or the community.” more »


Aug 7, 2017

BOSTON, Aug. 7, 2017—A former patient at Arbour Hospital in Jamaica Plain was arraigned on a murder charge today following his indictment for the physical assault that claimed the life of his roommate, 51-year-old John Duggie, two years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

HAMEEN EDWARDS (D.O.B. 2/29/76) of Boston was arraigned on an indictment returned Friday charging him with second-degree murder for the July 2, 2015, assault that led to Duggie’s death a month later. Suffolk Superior Court Clerk Magistrate Edward Curley ordered Edwards held without bail; Edwards’ attorney deferred argument on bail until the next court date. more »


Aug 6, 2017

BOSTON, Aug. 6, 2017—The man who allegedly beat 50-year-old John Duggie two years ago, causing injuries that claimed his life, has been indicted for murder, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley  said.

After almost two years of investigation by Suffolk prosecutors and Boston Police homicide detectives, the Suffolk County Grand Jury on Friday returned an indictment charging HAMEEN EDWARDS (D.O.B. 2/29/76) with second-degree murder. Boston Police later arrested Edwards on a warrant stemming from the indictment. more »


Aug 4, 2017

BOSTON, August 4, 2017— Two South Boston brothers were arraigned yesterday on gun and drug charges stemming from search warrants on their East 4th Street home, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOHN GEORGE (D.O.B. 6/21/78) and KENNETH GEORGE (D.O.B. 11/12/74) were arraigned yesterday in South Boston Municipal Court on charges following the execution of a search warrant at their separate apartments inside a three-family home. 

John George was arraigned on two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and single counts of possession with intent to distribution a Class B drug, possession with intent to distribution a Class C drug, trafficking in heroin, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, reckless endangerment of a child. He was additionally charged as a Level II Armed Career Criminal in light of prior convictions for manslaughter, armed assault with intent to rob, and other offenses, prosecutors said.  Judge Michael Bolden imposed $500,000 bail and ordered George to submit to GPS monitoring, remain under house arrest, and surrender his passport in the event he is to be released on bail.

Kenneth George was arraigned on charges of possession with intent to distribution a Class B drug, possession with intent to distribution a Class E drug, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspend license.  Bolden imposed $50,000 bail and the same conditions of release. more »


Aug 4, 2017

BOSTON, August 4, 2017— Four men were arraigned yesterday on charges of trafficking fentanyl after police seized a large quantity of the powerful narcotic at a Dorchester barber shop, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ELVIS LEDESMA (D.O.B. 9/23/83) of Roxbury, CARLOS NIVAR (D.O.B. 8/6/95) of Dorchester, CARLOS ADEMAN-MEJIA (D.O.B. 10/16/96) of Hyde Park, and EUDOMAR AYBAR (D.O.B. 5/6/93) of East Boston were each arraigned yesterday in Dorchester Municipal Court on charges of trafficking in fentanyl and conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws.  Prosecutors requested bail of $200,000 for each defendant, as well as conditions that each wear a GPS monitor in the event they are to be released.  Judge Jonathan Tynes imposed $75,000 bail and ordered each to be fitted with a GPS monitor and surrender his passport. more »


Aug 2, 2017

BOSTON, Aug. 2, 2017—A Malden man was arraigned today for drunk driving and other charges in connection with the early morning Chelsea crash that left his passenger critically injured and a second motorist hospitalized, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

HECTOR JIMENEZ-VALEZ (D.O.B. 10/13/97) was arraigned today in Chelsea District Court on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of a collision causing personal injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.  Assistant District Attorney Breanna Arsenault requested bail of $10,000 and orders that Jimenez-Valez refrain from drinking alcohol or driving in the event he is to be released on bail.  A judge set bail at $7,500 and imposed the requested conditions of release. more »


Aug 1, 2017

BOSTON, August 1, 2017— A Suffolk County jury today convicted a man of stabbing another man during a 2015 armed robbery, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KAHLI CONSTANT (D.O.B. 1/26/97) was found guilty today of armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the attack in Roxbury.  Jurors acquitted Constant of armed assault with intent to murder.  Constant, who had remained in custody while awaiting trial, faces sentencing Sept. 5. more »


Jul 31, 2017

BOSTON, July 31, 2017— A Dorchester man was held on high bail at his arraignment today in connection with a stabbing in the Boston Common, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

VICTOR CARRASQUILLO (DOB 8/30/98) was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court on a charge armed assault with intent to murder in connection with the July 26 stabbing of another man inside the Boston Common.  Assistant District Attorney Anthony Rizzo requested that Carrasquillo’s bail be set in the amount of $75,000 and that he be ordered to be fitted with a GPS monitor and stay away from the victim, the Boston Common, and the Public Garden in the event he is released on bail.  Prosecutors also moved to revoke Carrasquillo’s bail on an open 2016 case out of Dorchester Municipal Court charging possession with intent to distribute a Class D drug and an open 2017 case out of Quincy District Court charging breaking and entering.  Judge Thomas Horgan set $50,000 bail, imposed the requested conditions of release, and revoked Carrasquillo’s open bail for a period of 90 days. more »


Jul 27, 2017

BOSTON, July 27, 2017—A man who allegedly struck a rival with a skateboard before being stabbed himself and a second man accused of stabbing a different person in the neck were arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. more »


Jul 25, 2017

BOSTON, July 25, 2017—A Mattapan man and a co-defendant extradited from Georgia were held without bail today on murder charges stemming from the June shooting that claimed the life of 20-year-old Christopher Austin, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SHAQUILLE BROWN (D.O.B. 12/7/94) and KEITH COUSINS (D.O.B. 7/8/87) were arraigned today in Dorchester Municipal Court following Cousins’ return from Marietta, Georgia, where he was apprehended by local, state, and federal authorities on July 14. Brown was already in custody on an unrelated assault case. more »


Jul 25, 2017

BOSTON, July 25, 2017— Two Texas men were arraigned yesterday on a variety of charges after a gun, a pair of nunchucks, a large quantity of ammunition, and a small amount of cocaine were found during a motor vehicle stop, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RORY WELSH (D.O.B. 4/17/92) of San Antonio, Texas, was arraigned yesterday in Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a large capacity firearm, improper storage of a firearm, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.  He was also cited for failure to use headlights at night.  JONATHAN WASHINGTON (D.O.B. 6/5/84) of Corpus Christi, Texas, was arraigned on charges of carrying a dangerous weapon and possession of a Class B substance.  Prosecutors requested bail of $20,000 for Welsh and $1,000 for Washington; Judge David Weingarten imposed $7,500 bail for Welsh and $300 for Washington. more »


Jul 21, 2017

BOSTON, July 21, 2017—A Mattapan woman was arraigned today on charges she intentionally struck Darnella Grossett-Kellam with a minivan after an argument, causing injuries that claimed the 51-year-old victim’s life three weeks later, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

AMARA SMOTHERS (D.O.B. 10/30/76) was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter while operating under the influence of alcohol, motor vehicle homicide, leaving the scene of crash causing personal injury, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  After Smothers walked into court today, Clerk Magistrate Ed Curley released her on her own recognizance with orders that she be subject to GPS monitoring, remain drug- and alcohol-free subject to random screening, and stay away and have no contact with the victim’s family. more »


Jul 21, 2017

BOSTON, July 21, 2017— A Dorchester man was ordered held on high bail at his arraignment today on charges including money laundering and possession of child pornography, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOHN WILSON (D.O.B. 12/15/67) of Dorchester was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court today on a 34-count indictment charging:

  • Ten counts of larceny over $250 by single scheme,
  • Eight counts of receiving stolen property over $250,
  • Seven counts of attempting to commit a crime (to wit: receiving stolen property over $250),
  • Three counts of money laundering,
  • Three counts of conspiracy to receive stolen property over $250,
  • Two counts of uttering, and
  • One count of possession of child pornography.

At the request of Assistant District Attorney George Barker of the DA’s Special Prosecutions Unit, Clerk Magistrate Ed Curley imposed bail of $50,000.  In the event he posts that amount, Wilson must surrender his passport and not apply for a new passport, refrain from opening any new bank accounts, wear a GPS monitoring device, have no contact with children under age 18; and not loiter within 300 feet of a school, day care facility, playground, or other location where children congregate. more »


Jul 20, 2017

BOSTON, July 20, 2017— A Dorchester man faces arraignment tomorrow on a 34-count indictment after a fraud investigation developed evidence of larceny, money laundering, and possession of child pornography, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOHN WILSON (D.O.B. 12/15/67) of Dorchester is expected to be arraigned tomorrow in Suffolk Superior Court on the indictments returned June 29 by a Suffolk County Grand Jury.  The indictments charge Wilson with:

  • Ten counts of larceny over $250 by single scheme,
  • Eight counts of receiving stolen property over $250,
  • Seven counts of attempting to commit a crime (to wit: Receiving stolen property over $250),
  • Three counts of money laundering,
  • Three counts of conspiracy to receive stolen property over $250,
  • Two counts of uttering, and
  • One count of possession of child pornography.

more »


Jul 19, 2017

BOSTON, July 19, 2017—The three men who allegedly participated in the homicide of 58-year-old Andres Cruz in his Mission Hill hardware store were ordered held without bail today, with one of them still laying in a hospital bed at Boston Medical Center with injuries sustained during the fatal encounter yesterday afternoon, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JEROME HOBSON (D.O.B. 11/20/78) of Dorchester, CHRISTIAN SOTO-OLIVERO (D.O.B. 3/12/96) of Mattapan, and SHAWN REDDEN (D.O.B. 1/14/91) of Brockton were arraigned today on one count each of murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition in connection with Cruz’ shooting death inside AC Hardware, the shop he owned at 1562 Tremont St. more »


Jul 18, 2017

BOSTON, July 18, 2017—A Suffolk prosecutor praised by top jurists for his work on the Department of Public Health lab crisis led a presentation last week for prosecutors from across the country on tackling problems at forensic labs, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence selected Assistant District Attorney Vincent DeMore to address top prosecutors from 23 states on Friday at its national best practices meeting in Minneapolis. The PCE’s mission is to help prosecutors improve the criminal justice system, to address emerging topics, and to support statewide best practices committees for prosecutors. The focus of the summit was to share successful ideas and to discuss best practices to enhance the criminal justice system.

“As prosecutors, our duty is to seek justice, not victory,” Conley said. “We best fulfill that duty by identifying best practices, adhering to them in our daily work, and moving the criminal justice system forward in fairness, accuracy, and integrity.” more »


Jul 14, 2017

BOSTON, July 14, 2017—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today asked for the public’s help as State Police and Suffolk prosecutors investigate a fatal collision on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Brighton on Wednesday.

Police and prosecutors are seeking witnesses to the crash, which took place just after 2:00 pm near Exit 17, and in particular any dashboard camera or other video footage taken by commercial or private motorists that might have captured the incident. more »


Jul 13, 2017

BOSTON, July 13, 2017— A Watertown woman was found guilty yesterday of driving drunk when she caused the crash that left her passenger with permanent injuries, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Brighton Municipal Court jury yesterday found ROZA GRIGORYAN (D.O.B. 12/20/93) guilty of operating under the influence of alcohol in connection with the 2015 crash on Storrow Drive. She faces sentencing on Tuesday. Jurors acquitted Grigorian of causing serious bodily injury while operating under the influence. more »


Jul 13, 2017

Gunman Also Indicted, To Be Arraigned Later
BOSTON, July 13, 2017—A year and a half after 22-year-old Marquis Waithe was shot and killed on Brookledge Street, the alleged gunman and a co-defendant accused of assisting him have been indicted for his homicide, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury yesterday returned indictments charging JONATHAN AGUASVIVAS, 24, and CALVIN BOYKINS, 25, with first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in Waithe’s Feb. 4, 2016, shooting death. Boston Police took Boykins into custody yesterday; Aguasvivas was already in custody, charged with a separate homicide. more »


Jul 13, 2017

BOSTON, July 13, 2017—The second of two men identified in the 2016 homicide of Carlos Villatoro-Nunez has been apprehended in Texas and is expected to return to Massachusetts tomorrow to face arraignment on a murder charge, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JORGE MELGAR FUENTES (D.O.B. 2/28/98) was arrested on June 7 by Homeland Security Investigations agents in Houston and later held on a June 30 East Boston Municipal Court murder warrant. Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Suffolk County Detective Unit and State Police Gang Unit today traveled there to take custody of Fuentes at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. more »


Jul 12, 2017

BOSTON, Feb. 10, 2017—A Dorchester woman was formally sentenced for her role in helping to cover up the murder of her daughter, 2-year-old Bella Bond, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RACHELLE DEE BOND (D.O.B. 7/25/75) pleaded guilty on Feb. 10 to the indicted charges of being an accessory after the fact to murder and larceny over $250 by false pretense. She was not accused of any involvement in Bella’s death: rather, she had been charged with aiding the man who allegedly killed her in the aftermath and continuing to receive state benefits intended to support the girl’s care. more »


Jul 11, 2017

BOSTON, July 11, 2017— A Dorchester man was ordered held on high bail at his arraignment today in connection with an armed home invasion and kidnapping, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CESAR LARA AGUASVIVAS (D.O.B. 2/25/94) was arraigned today in West Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of home invasion, kidnapping while armed with a firearm, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and malicious destruction of property over $250.  Judge Jim Stanton granted a request by prosecutors to revoke Aguasvivas’ bail on an open case charging larceny from a building and imposed $1 million cash bail on the home invasion. Stanton further ordered that Aguasvivas stay away from the location of the offense and from the victim.  more »


Jul 11, 2017

BOSTON, July 11, 2017—The man who allegedly shot and killed 17-year-old Christopher Menard was ordered held without bail at his arraignment today in Roxbury Municipal Court, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KHAMONIE McCALLOP (D.O.B. 1/4/99) of Roxbury was charged today with murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the July 6 shooting that left Menard mortally wounded and a 14-year-old male with less serious injuries. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Craig Iannini of the DA’s Homicide Unit, Judge Paul McManus ordered McCallop held without bail. more »


Jul 10, 2017

BOSTON, July 10, 2017—A Chelsea man who once worked at the scene of a brutal double homicide was ordered held without bail at his Suffolk Superior Court arraignment for the murders of Lina Bolanos and Richard Field, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

BAMPUMIM TEIXEIRA (D.O.B. 10/17/86) was indicted June 28 and arraigned today on two counts each of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping by confinement, and one count of armed home invasion for the May 5 incident at 141 Dorchester Ave. At the request of Suffolk Chief Trial Counsel John Pappas, Clerk Magistrate Edward Curley ordered Teixeira held without bail. more »


Jul 10, 2017

BOSTON, July 10, 2017— An Everett man was arraigned today on charges he attacked a man on a scooter with a baseball bat in Friday morning’s rush hour traffic, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

TRAVIS EL-SAADI (D.O.B. 9/9/96) was arraigned this morning in Boston Municipal Court on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  Prosecutors requested bail of $20,000 and orders that El-Saadi undergo a mental health evaluation, refrain from driving, and stay away had have no contact with the victim in the event he is to be released on bail.  Judge Thomas Horgan set bail in the amount of $15,000 and ordered that the defendant not drive or have contact with the victim. more »


Jul 7, 2017

BOSTON, July 7, 2017—A Chelsea man with six OUI convictions and a revoked driver’s license was held pending a dangerousness hearing after he allegedly operated a scooter with a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, then threatened to shoot “random civilians,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

PETER McISAAC (D.O.B. 7/27/63) was arraigned in Brighton Municipal Court today on charges of operating under the influence as a fourth or subsequent offense; negligent operation of a motor vehicle; operating with a revoked license; malicious destruction of property; and making threats of death, injury, or substantial property damage under Ch. 269, Sect. 14, of the Massachusetts General Laws. more »


Jul 7, 2017

BOSTON, July 6, 2017—A youth of 15 was charged with murder today in connection with the fatal stabbing yesterday of 18-year-old Anthony Woodbridge in Roxbury, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

McKINLEY ARCHIE (D.O.B. 8/7/01) was arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court today for the homicide in the area of Ziegler and Warren streets yesterday morning. Judge David Poole ordered him held without bail. Massachusetts courts automatically charge juveniles accused of murder as adults. more »


Jul 6, 2017

BOSTON, July 6, 2017—A Dorchester man was held without bail following his arraignment for allegedly stabbing his longtime friend to death during an argument yesterday evening, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

STEVEN R. WHITE (D.O.B. 6/29/56) was charged in Dorchester Municipal Court with one count of murder for the homicide of 51-year-old Nathaniel Dix. Judge Jonathan Tynes ordered him held without bail.

Assistant District Attorney Craig Iannini told the court that White and Dix were outside White’s Intervale Street home yesterday evening at about 5:30 when they became involved in an argument. At some point, the preliminary investigation suggests, a third party physically intervened when that argument became heated.

Shortly after that intervention, however, White allegedly produced a knife. A witness reported that White raised the knife above his head and stabbed Dix with it, causing a fatal injury, prosecutors said. White remained at the scene and, in a post-Miranda statement, allegedly gave an account in which Dix walked or lunged into the knife, Iannini told the court. 

Attorney Christopher Belezos represented White today. The case will return to court on Aug. 4.

 

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Jul 6, 2017

Victim’s Family Thanks Witnesses Who Assisted Investigation

BOSTON, July 6, 2017—The second of two defendants was arraigned today for allegedly setting fire to a Roxbury building last year, killing 29-year-old Michelle Trentor, who was trapped inside, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KENNETH FORD (D.O.B. 9/10/73) was arraigned on charges of arson and second-degree felony murder. At the request of Assistant District Attorney David McGowan, Conley’s arson point prosecutor, he was held without bail. Ford’s co-defendant, MARCUS DOZIER (D.O.B.  6/6/71), was held without bail yesterday on identical charges. Both will return to court on Aug. 3. more »


Jul 3, 2017

BOSTON, July 3, 2017—A former police officer was convicted today of beating a woman during an arrest and then lying in subsequent reports on the incident, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Following a seven-day trial in which the defendant waived her right to a jury, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins convicted former MBTA Transit Police Officer JENNIFER GARVEY (D.O.B. 9/28/82) of two counts of assault and battery — one as indicted and the other as a reduction from the indicted charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon — as well as two counts of filing a false report as a public employee. Wilkins acquitted Garvey of injuring the woman while violating her civil rights.
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Jun 30, 2017

BOSTON, June 30, 2017—Five and a half years after he allegedly murdered Judith and Stephanie Emile and fled the United States, a one-time fugitive was ordered held without bail on two first-degree murder indictments, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JEAN WEEVINS JANVIER (D.O.B. 11/15/81), formerly of Dorchester and apprehended earlier this month in Haiti, was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court for the 2011 homicides of Judith Emile, 23, and her sister, Stephanie Emile, 21, inside their Harlem Street apartment, as well as two counts of armed assault in a dwelling and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. more »


Jun 30, 2017

Defendant in Custody on Earlier Homicide Case

BOSTON, June 30, 2017—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans today announced a murder indictment in the November 2016 homicide of 28-year-old Dantley Leonard in Dorchester.

After months of investigation by Boston Police homicide detectives and Suffolk prosecutors, the Suffolk County Grand Jury on June 20 returned indictments charging JULIAN TROCHE (D.O.B. 7/15/92) with first-degree murder, armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the shooting that claimed the life of Leonard – a Kingston resident – and injured a second man.  more »


Jun 29, 2017

BOSTON, June 29, 2017—The Suffolk County Grand Jury has returned indictments charging a Chelsea man with two counts of murder and other offenses in the stabbing deaths last month of Richard Field and Lina Bolanos, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The indictments, returned yesterday, charge BAMPUMIM TEIXEIRA (D.O.B. 10/17/86) with two counts each of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping by confinement, and one count of armed home invasion for the incident inside the victims’ home on the night of May 5. more »


Jun 28, 2017

BOSTON, June 28, 2017—The man who murdered 2-year-old Bella Bond was sentenced to life in prison today, with a judge ordering that he spend at least two decades behind bars before he is eligible for parole, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MICHAEL PATRICK McCARTHY (D.O.B. 5/29/80) was convicted Monday of second-degree murder for killing the girl in June of 2015 in the Maxwell Street apartment he shared with Bella and her mother, RACHELLE DEE BOND (D.O.B. 7/25/75). Evidence and testimony introduced during the three-week trial established that he caused the child’s death and placed her body in a trash bag, which he then placed in a duffle bag he weighted down and dumped into Boston Harbor. The trash bag washed ashore some three weeks later. more »


Jun 28, 2017

BOSTON, June 28, 2017—A Roxbury man was arraigned today on charges he vandalized the New England Holocaust Memorial in downtown Boston following an argument early this morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JAMES E. ISAAC (D.O.B. 12/30/95) was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court on charges of malicious destruction of property over $250 and willful damage to a church, synagogue, or memorial.  Assistant District Attorney Anthony Rizzo requested that Isaac’s bail be set at $15,000 and that his bail be revoked in an unrelated assault and battery case currently pending in Chelsea District Court.  Judge Sally Kelly imposed $750 bail and revoked Isaac’s open bail. more »


Jun 26, 2017

BOSTON, June 26, 2017—A Roxbury man was held without bail today following his arraignment on a murder charge in the June 13 shooting death of 19-year-old Javoni Boyd on Delhi Street, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

At the request of Assistant District Attorney Craig Iannini, Dorchester Municipal Court Judge Serge Georges ordered JAKYRES McKINNEY (D.O.B. 11/22/91) held without bail.

Based on evidence developed in the ongoing investigation into Boyd’s fatal shooting, including forensic and ballistics evidence linking McKinney to the homicide, investigators obtained a warrant for McKinney’s death last week. Members of the Boston Police Fugitive and Homicide units apprehended him late yesterday in Hyde Park.

McKinney was represented by attorney John Amabile. He will return to court on July 26.

 

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All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


Jun 26, 2017

Conviction Comes Two Years after Discovery of “Baby Doe” on Deer Island

BOSTON, June 26, 2017—Two years almost to the day after Bella Bond’s unidentified body was discovered in a trash bag on Deer Island, a jury convicted her mother’s boyfriend of murdering her, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury found MICHAEL PATRICK McCARTHY (D.O.B. 5/29/80) guilty of second-degree murder this morning after about four full days of deliberations. He faces a mandatory life term when Judge Janet Sanders sentences him on Wednesday. more »


Jun 26, 2017

BOSTON, June 26, 2017— District Attorney Dan Conley today distributed more than $65,000 to non-profits dedicated to keeping Suffolk County youth away from drugs, violence, and negative choices.

During a ceremony held at his downtown office this morning, 11 non-profits received grant funds from Conley’s Asset Forfeiture Community Reinvestment Grant program.  The program draws from cash and assets seized during drug trafficking investigations to support organizations that work with young people across Suffolk County.  This year’s awards totaled $65,150, with individual grants ranging from $3,000 to $7,500. more »


Jun 23, 2017

BOSTON, June 23, 2017— A jury today acquitted a Dorchester man of charges in connection with the 2016 death of 45-year-old Brian Hingston, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury earlier this afternoon returned verdicts of not guilty in the trial of BRYAN McELHINNEY (D.O.B. 8/17/92), who had been indicted on charges of manslaughter and assault and battery causing serious bodily injury in connection with Hingston’s death on April 17, 2016. more »


Jun 21, 2017

Gunman Admits Guilt in Shooting Death of Beloved Family Man

BOSTON, June 21, 2017— The Dorchester man who as a teenager killed 71-year-old Geraldo Serrano was sentenced to prison today after admitting to fatally shooting the elderly store clerk during a convenience store robbery seven years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ONYX WHITE (D.O.B. 10/6/93) today pleaded guilty to manslaughter and armed robbery in connection with the Feb. 21, 2010, shooting that claimed Serrano’s life.  Judge Edward Leibensperger sentenced White to a term of 14 to 18 years in state prison, to be followed by five years of probation. more »


Jun 21, 2017

BOSTON, June 21, 2017— A man was arraigned yesterday for allegedly violating the civil rights of a fellow passenger, falsely claiming she had a bomb, and breaking a window during a tirade on an Orange Line train, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

SEAN P. DEVLIN (D.O.B. 4/1/83), who lists an address in North Reading as well as a Boston substance-abuse treatment facility, was arraigned yesterday in Boston Municipal Court on charges of violating a person’s civil rights, making a false bomb threat, and malicious destruction of property over $250.  Assistant District Attorney David Wittenberg requested bail of $50,000, an order protecting the victim’s personal information with him, and orders that Devlin stay away from the victim, witnesses, and all MBTA conveyances in the event he is released on bail.  Judge Tracy-Lee Lyons imposed bail of $10,000 and granted all of Wittenberg’s requested orders. more »


Jun 19, 2017

BOSTON, June 19, 2017—Three New Hampshire teens were arraigned today in the Suffolk County Juvenile Court on charges that they beat a street performer during an assault that’s also being reviewed for potential hate crimes charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A 15-YEAR-OLD MALE from Londonderry, a 16-YEAR-OLD MALE from Salem, and a 17-YEAR-OLD MALE from Manchester were arraigned on charges of delinquency, to wit: assault and battery and disorderly conduct. The 16-year-old was also charged with possession of alcohol by a minor. The Saturday afternoon incident is also being investigated by the Boston Police Civil Rights Unit and Conley’s hate crimes point prosecutor for potential civil rights violations. more »


Jun 19, 2017

BOSTON, June 19, 2017—District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s top white collar crime prosecutor and civilian investigator were honored last week for their work investigating and prosecuting financial crimes in Suffolk County.

Assistant District Attorney Michele Granda, Chief of Conley’s Special Prosecutions Unit, was honored last week at the 14th Annual Suffolk Awards with the Ralph C. Martin II Award to Outstanding Superior Court Prosecutor, while Civilian Investigator Bill Durette, also assigned to the Special Prosecutions Unit, was honored as this year’s Outstanding Superior Court Investigator.  The awards were among several presented during a ceremony at Suffolk University Law School on Wednesday evening honoring prosecutors, advocates, civilian investigators, and support staff for their dedicated efforts on behalf of the communities of Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.  more »


Jun 19, 2017

BOSTON, June 19, 2017— Two Dorchester men face sentencing next week after separate juries convicted each of sexual offenses against children, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted UMAR MUHAMMED a.k.a. PHILLIP DURANT (D.O.B. 11/20/52) of two counts each of statutory rape of a child and dissemination of matter harmful to minors and single counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and open and gross lewdness for offenses committed against two children who were known to him.  After the guilty verdicts were read on June 9, Judge Edward Leibensperger ordered Muhammed taken into custody to await sentencing next week.

Also convicted in Suffolk Superior Court was JORGE PENA (D.O.B. 10/8/74), whom a separate jury on Friday found guilty of two counts each of aggravated statutory rape of a child and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.  At his sentencing next week, he faces at least 10 years in prison – the mandatory minimum term on the offense of aggravated rape of a child. more »


Jun 15, 2017

BOSTON, June 15, 2017— A former defense attorney who now serves as Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s  Chief of Professional Integrity and Ethics was honored last night for directing the DA’s legal training and conviction integrity programs, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Assistant District Attorney Donna Jalbert Patalano was honored with the Unsung Hero Award at the 14th Annual Suffolk Awards, an event recognizing prosecutors, victim advocates, civilian investigators, and support staff for their outstanding work on behalf of the communities of Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.

Patalano was nominated for the award by her colleagues, who recognized her work overseeing Conley’s ambitious prosecutor training program, which exceeds all requirements for Massachusetts prosecutors; her implementation of the DA’s Conviction Integrity Program, which was the first in the state; and her eagerness to share wisdom and guidance with fellow prosecutors. more »


Jun 15, 2017

BOSTON, June 15, 2017— A Suffolk County prosecutor assigned to District Attorney Dan Conley’s Gang Unit was honored yesterday for his work in the courtroom and his positive presence in the communities he serves.

The 14th Annual Suffolk Awards were presented yesterday evening at Suffolk University Law School, honoring prosecutors, advocates, civilian investigators, and support staff for their dedicated efforts on behalf of the communities of Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop. 

Assistant District Attorney Adrian Bispham of Conley’s Gang Unit was recognized during the ceremony with the Brian J. Honan Award for Excellence in the Courtroom and Commitment to the Communities We Serve.  The award, named in honor of the late teacher, prosecutor, and Boston city councilor, is given each year a prosecutor who embodies the values of courtroom excellence and community engagement.  more »


Jun 15, 2017

Second Chelsea Staffer Recognized as Outstanding District Court Prosecutor

BOSTON, June 15, 2017—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley last night honored the supervising attorney in Chelsea District Court for his work as the point prosecutor in the Department of Public Health drug lab crisis caused by rogue chemist Annie Dookhan – shortly after that prosecutor presented a different award in appreciation to a top member of the Chelsea staff. more »


Jun 14, 2017

BOSTON, June 14, 2017—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley delivered the following remarks today on the conclusion of “Operation Hanover,” a year-long effort undertaken by Suffolk prosecutors, Boston Police detectives, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives agents:

“In Boston and Suffolk County, our modern public safety strategies mean taking a smart-on-crime approach.  The investigation known as Operation Hanover was a targeted effort to identify, apprehend, and prosecute the driving players in a deadly feud between the rival Wendover and Cameron Street groups.  Beginning last June, Boston Police and ATF agents orchestrated the purchase of guns and drugs from members of both gangs, because at the intersection of guns and drugs are the violence and retaliation that have already claimed too many lives. more »


Jun 14, 2017

BOSTON, June 14, 2017— A Chelsea man will continue to be held without bail in the beating death of 32-year-old Melvin Cortes earlier this year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KAMAYA FARIKAFI (D.O.B. 12/7/93) was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 5 assault in Chelsea that claimed Cortes’ life nearly a week later.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Lynn Feigenbaum of the DA’s Senior Trial Team, Clerk Magistrate Lisa Medeiros ordered Farikafi held without bail.  Farikafi has remained in custody since his Feb. 23 arraignment in Chelsea District Court.  more »


Jun 7, 2017

BOSTON, June 7, 2017—A change in the law governing the use of certain cell phone records at trial will not benefit the man convicted of murdering George “Jeffrey” Thompson in 2010 because investigators assigned to his homicide provided affidavits containing detailed information that met the new, higher threshold – even though it would not be required in Massachusetts courts for four years, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Beverly Cannone denied a motion by OMAY TAVARES for a new trial in Thompson’s shooting death, for which he was convicted of first-degree murder. Tavares had argued that the cell site location information introduced at his trial was obtained improperly in light of the Supreme Judicial Court’s 2014 decision in Commonwealth v. Shabazz Augustine I, but Cannone rejected that claim and found that investigators’ affidavits for court orders under the prevailing law at the time were sufficiently detailed that they would have supported search warrants as the high court would years later require. more »


Jun 7, 2017

BOSTON, June 7, 2017— Moments before her jury trial was set to begin, a Dorchester woman pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of her boyfriend, 28-year-old Anthony Sinclair, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury had been seated and was slated to hear opening arguments this morning in the trial of VALERIE CIRILO-PEREZ (D.O.B. 11/18/90) on a second-degree murder charge. Rather than have a jury determine her fate, however, Cirilo-Perez instead chose to plead guilty and admitted to manslaughter in Sinclair’s 2015 stabbing death.  At the recommendation of Assistant District Attorney David Bradley of the DA’s Homicide Unit, Judge Kenneth Fishman sentenced Cirilo-Perez to nine to 14 years in state prison. more »


Jun 5, 2017

BOSTON, June 5, 2017— A Boston man is held without bail in a fatal Downtown shooting last month, while Boston Police continue to search for a second man charged in the killing, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RICARDO EDWARDS (D.O.B. 2/14/94) of Boston was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court today on a charge of murder in connection with the victim’s May 27 shooting death.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Hickman of the DA’s Homicide Unit, Judge David Breen ordered Edwards held without bail. more »


Jun 2, 2017

BOSTON, June 2, 2017—A joint investigation by local police, state prosecutors, and federal agents culminated in three arrests on human trafficking charges this week, authorities announced.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, Revere Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli, Woburn Police Chief Robert J. Ferullo, Jr, and Special Agent in Charge Matthew Etre of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Boston announced the operation following the execution of search warrants this afternoon on Putnam Street in East Boston and Bradstreet Avenue in Revere. more »


Jun 1, 2017

BOSTON, May 24, 2017—One Boston man and eight others from outside the city were arraigned yesterday on charges they sought sex for a fee from Boston Police detectives in an online prostitution sting, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The defendants were arrested during an operation executed Tuesday evening by the Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit and district detectives. The operation resulted in the arrests of the following defendants were arraigned yesterday in Boston Municipal Court on a charge of sex for a fee: more »


May 30, 2017

Three Get Life in 2013 Murder; Fourth Defendant to Face Judge Later

 

BOSTON, May 30, 2017— Three men convicted of murdering 25-year-old Romeo McCubbin were sentenced to life in prison today, while the fourth man found guilty in the 2013 homicide faces the same sentence at a later date, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Thursday convicted OMAR BONNER (D.O.B. 8/2/87) of Hyde Park, OMAR DENTON (D.O.B. 5/9/84) of Milton, ANDREW ROBERTSON (D.O.B. 06/09/1976) of Hyde Park, and a fourth man, JAVAINE WATSON (D.O.B. 10/11/90) of Dorchester, of first-degree murder in connection with McCubbin’s 2013 shooting death.  The jury also convicted Robertson of unlawful possession of a firearm.  The case was previously tried in 2016, at which time a separate jury convicted Bonner of unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest and Denton of unlawful possession of a firearm but was unable to come to a unanimous decision on the remaining charges, resulting in a mistrial on those charges.  Bonner, Denton, and Robertson faced sentencing today on convictions stemming from both the 2016 trial and this month’s retrial; Watson will be sentenced at a later date.

Judge Linda Giles sentenced Bonner, Denton, and Robertson to life in prison without the possibility of parole – the mandatory term for first-degree murder – and concurrent terms of four to five years in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm.  She also sentenced Bonner to a concurrent term of two years in the house of correction for resisting arrest. more »


May 25, 2017

BOSTON, May 25, 2017— A Boston massage therapist was arraigned today on charges he assaulted a female client of a Logan Airport massage studio, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today. 

DARNELL E. WILLIAMS, 29, was arraigned this afternoon in East Boston Municipal Court on a charge of rape in connection with the May 22 assault.  Assistant District Attorney Caroline Humphrey requested bail of $15,000; a judge imposed $5,000 bail after Williams walked into court on his own accord.  In the even he posts that amount, Williams is ordered to wear a GPS monitor, remain on home confinement, stay away and have no contact with the victim, report the allegations against him to the state licensing board, surrender his massage license, and not work as a massage therapist while the case against him is pending. more »


May 24, 2017

BOSTON, May 24, 2017—The four men who colluded in the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Romeo McCubbin were convicted of murder today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today found OMAR BONNER (D.O.B. 8/2/87), OMAR DENTON (D.O.B. 5/9/84), and ANDREW ROBERTSON (D.O.B. 06/09/1976), and JAVAINE WATSON (D.O.B. 10/11/90) guilty of first-degree murder in McCubbin’s homicide on Havelock Street. After an outburst in the courtroom, Judge Linda Giles ended the proceedings and scheduled sentencing for May 30. more »


May 24, 2017

Prosecutors Had Sought Revocation

BOSTON, May 24, 2017— The New Hampshire man currently charged with stealing more than $350,000 from romantic partners and others today saw his bail increased after prosecutors presented evidence that he had committed new, similar offenses in other jurisdictions, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MICHAEL J. SHIELDS Jr. (D.O.B. 4/20/91) of New Hampshire is currently facing a 45-count indictment charging 21 counts of credit card fraud, 17 counts of use of a stolen or fraudulently obtained credit card, one count of larceny over $250, and two counts each of larceny over $250 by single scheme, attempting to commit larceny over $250, and intimidation of a witness.  He has been free on $7,500 bail that was posted after his October 19, 2016 arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court.  The case returned to court today as prosecutors argued that Shields violated the conditions of his release. more »


May 23, 2017

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today delivered the following remarks on the death of KELLY PASTRANA (D.O.B. 2/8/79) in Chelsea:

“Good afternoon.  I’m Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and with me are Chief Brian Kyes, Captain Keith Houghton, and Captain David Batchelor of the Chelsea Police department and Chief Len Albanese of the Chelsea Fire Department. more »


May 18, 2017

BOSTON, May 18, 2017— A Dorchester man was ordered held without bail on charges he shot and killed Joey DeBarros during a traffic argument, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DEONARINE GANGA (D.O.B. 7/12/87) of Dorchester was arraigned today in Dorchester Municipal Court in connection with DeBarros’ April 13 murder.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney John Verner, Judge Richard Sinnott ordered Ganga held without bail.  Ganga is already held on $50,000 bail after his April 18 arraignment in an unrelated incident in which he threatened an individual with a firearm. more »


May 16, 2017

BOSTON, May 16, 2017— A Milton man was arraigned today on charges he was drunk when he pointed a gun at a stranger in Allston, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ANDREW REGAN (D.O.B. 1/6/76) was arraigned today in Brighton Municipal Court on charges of carrying a firearm while intoxicated and assault with a dangerous weapon.  Assistant District Attorney Alyssa Tochka requested bail of $5,000.  Judge David Donnelly imposed $1,000 bail and ordered Regan to stay out of Allston and Brighton, stay away and have no contact with witnesses in the case, remain drug and alcohol free subject to random screening, and refrain from seeking reinstatement of his firearm license while the case is pending. more »


May 11, 2017

BOSTON, May 11, 2017—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today met with the family of 7-year-old Kyzr Willis and their attorney to inform them that he found no evidence of foul play in the boy’s drowning death in the water near the Curley Community Center in South Boston last year.

The investigation had neared completion late last year but was extended after Willis’ family informed prosecutors of a tipster who claimed to have seen the boy with an unknown adult male in the waters across the harbor. After a review of her statements, prosecutors do not believe the child she saw was Kyzr.

The investigation, which included analysis of interviews conducted by Boston Police homicide detectives and follow-up interviews by District C-6 detectives and Suffolk prosecutors, did not yield evidence that any person deliberately or recklessly caused the child’s death. Prosecutors’ findings are consistent with those of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which last year ruled his death an accidental drowning. more »


May 10, 2017

BOSTON, May 10, 2017— A Roxbury man charged in the hit-and-run crash that killed 29-year-old Rick Archer was held on high bail at his arraignment today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MALONE KIDANEMARIAM (D.O.B. 2/19/92) was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court on a charge of leaving the scene of a collision causing death.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Megrian, Judge James Stanton ordered Kidanemariam held on $25,000 bail. more »


May 10, 2017

BOSTON, May 9, 2017— The Arizona man accused in the 1988 murders of William Medina and Antonio Dos Reis was ordered held without bail at his arraignment today – nearly 30 years after the killings, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

CARLTON HENDERSON (D.O.B. 7/13/64) was arraigned today in Roxbury Municipal Court on two counts of murder.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney David Fredette, Judge Lisa Grant ordered Henderson held without bail. more »


May 8, 2017

BOSTON, May 8, 2017—The man who allegedly killed Lina Bolanos and Richard Field in their South Boston home on Friday night was held without bail at his arraignment today on two counts of murder, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

BAMPUMIM TEIXEIRA (D.O.B. 10/17/86) of Chelsea was arraigned in his hospital bed at Tufts Medical Center, where he is being treated for gunshot wounds sustained during his encounter with Boston Police as they responded to an urgent call for an intruder armed with a gun at the victims’ Dorchester Avenue residence. more »


May 5, 2017

BOSTON, May 5, 2017—The convictions of two men for the gruesome 2011 murders of Billie Kee and Kevin Thomas, Jr., in their Hyde Park Avenue apartment were affirmed today by the state’s highest court, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MICHAEL CORBIN (D.O.B. 11/10/70) and EARL FULGIAM (D.O.B. 4/14/80), both of Mattapan, were convicted after a nine-day trial of two counts of first-degree murder under all three theories of murder – deliberate premeditation, extreme atrocity or cruelty, and felony murder – as well as armed robbery and various firearm offenses. They were sentenced to two consecutive life terms each after evidence established that they bound the victims in the course of a July 27, 2011, armed robbery, then repeatedly stabbed and shot them to death. more »


May 4, 2017

BOSTON, May 4, 2017— A Dorchester pastor was held on high bail yesterday after investigators recovered a large cache of powerful narcotics in his Quincy Street church, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

WILLIE WILKERSON (DOB 8/27/58) of Dorchester was arraigned yesterday in Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of trafficking cocaine, trafficking a Class B substance, trafficking fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute a Class C substance, and possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance.  Assistant District Attorney Kristen Sullivan recommended $75,000 cash bail; Judge Debra DelVecchio set bail at $50,000 and ordered Wilkerson to wear a GPS monitor and remain within Massachusetts in the event he posts that amount.  At Sullivan’s request, DelVecchio additionally revoked Wilkerson’s open bail on a case out of the same court charging larceny over $250.  more »


May 2, 2017

“For too long, Massachusetts has been among a small handful of states that hasn’t updated its wiretap laws to reflect advances in telecommunications or the evolution of crime trends.  The statute on the books today was written almost 50 years ago, with rotary phones and La Cosa Nostra in mind. Communications technology and the landscape of criminal activity have changed since then, but the law has not.

“As the Chief Justice of our SJC noted six years ago, the wiretap statute’s efficacy is sharply limited by language that binds its use to cases involving organized crime.  This makes it available to tackle high-level drug trafficking networks, but not the loosely-knit street gangs responsible for the vast majority of homicides in Boston and across the Commonwealth.  As a result, it’s easier to get a wiretap for a drug dealer’s phone than it is for a murder suspect’s, and that just doesn’t make sense. more »


May 1, 2017

BOSTON, May 1, 2017— Two men were ordered held without bail at their arraignment today in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Yanuel Viloria last month, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MALIK PHILLIPS (D.O.B. 9/23/98) and ROBERT SILVA-PRENTICE (D.O.B. 10/5/97) were arraigned today in Roxbury Municipal Court, charged with Viloria’s April 21 murder.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Craig Iannini of the DA’s Homicide Unit, Judge David Weingarten ordered that both men be held without bail. more »


Apr 26, 2017

BOSTON, April 26, 2017—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today released hundreds of pages of interviews, reports, and other materials related to his independent investigation into the fatal shooting of Santos Laboy during an armed encounter with police on a narrow footbridge above Storrow Drive.

During a meeting this afternoon to discuss his findings that the shooting did not warrant criminal charges, Conley provided Mr. Laboy’s family with documentation including 273 pages of interviews with 11 civilian witnesses and nine police witnesses, 111 pages of documentary reports, more than 450 digital photo files, almost 50 minutes of dispatch recordings, multiple video clips, and additional materials gathered by Chief Trial Counsel John Pappas, who oversaw the investigation. more »


Apr 25, 2017

BOSTON, April 25, 2017— A Level 3 sex offender previously charged with breaking into a South End apartment and assaulting two women inside was arraigned today on new indictments charging him with an earlier series of break-ins, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RONALD BROWN (D.O.B. 3/20/64), who lists the Pine Street Inn as his primary residence, was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on five counts each of larceny over $250 and receiving stolen property over $250, three counts each of secretly photographing a person in the nude and breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, two counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, and a single count of breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanor.  He was ordered held on $200,000 bail. more »


Apr 20, 2017

Murder Warrant Lodged at Suffolk County Jail

BOSTON, April 20, 2017—Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today announced murder charges against the Dorchester man accused of shooting Joey DeBarros to death last week.

Acting amid a Suffolk County Grand Jury investigation, Boston Police homicide detectives yesterday lodged a murder warrant charging DEONARINE GANGA (D.O.B. 7/12/87) of Dorchester at the Suffolk County Jail, where he is currently held on $50,000 cash bail following his Tuesday arraignment for assault with a dangerous weapon. In addition to the cash bail imposed on that case, in which he allegedly wielded a firearm to threaten another person, he is being held without bail pending a hearing to determine whether he violated the conditions of probation on a 2015 plea to possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute. more »


Apr 18, 2017

BOSTON, April 18, 2017—The man accused of doctoring a court clerk’s copy of the verdict slip in his earlier larceny conviction pleaded guilty to forgery and other charges today, accepting at least a year behind bars rather than face trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DAVID SCHER (D.O.B. 11/22/82) of Brighton admitted to single counts of forgery and tampering with a court document, as well as two counts of perjury and three counts of uttering a false document, all in connection with his actions in the aftermath of his 2014 conviction at a jury trial in the Boston Municipal Court. more »


Apr 18, 2017

DA Conley to Focus Resources Only On Most Serious Cases, Defendants

BOSTON, April 18, 2017—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today notified the Supreme Judicial Court that he will focus his office’s resources on approximately 1.5% of the total number of drug convictions in which former Department of Public Health chemist Annie Dookhan signed a certificate of analysis.

“The 117 defendants identified in these cases account for more than 1,700 convictions for violent crimes or weapons violations, and have amassed more than 2,800 convictions in total,” Conley said of his response to the high court’s January decision in Bridgeman v. District Attorney II.  “The average defendant has more than 60 entries on his record. When given the opportunity for rehabilitation in a community setting, these defendants have violated probation an average of seven times each.  They are neither low-level nor non-violent, and they stand at the intersection of drugs and violence.”

Conley further identified 15,570 viable drug convictions across about 7,500 Suffolk County dockets for the Trial Court to dismiss pursuant to the Bridgeman II decision.  Many of the defendants in those cases have significant criminal histories, including crimes of violence, separate from the Dookhan-related drug convictions.  Prosecutors noted that each of these convictions was based on reliable, admissible evidence that went far beyond Dookhan’s signature on a certificate of analysis.  In many of them, the drug charges were collateral to more serious convictions involving guns and violence that will remain in place.  In all of them, there were corroborating facts and evidence such as packaging materials, cutting agents, scales, ledgers, phone records, video footage, field testing results, the observations of police officers, and the statements of independent witnesses. more »


Apr 14, 2017

BOSTON, April 14, 2017— A Suffolk Superior Court jury this afternoon acquitted AARON HERNANDEZ (D.O.B. 11/6/89) of the 2012 shooting that claimed the lives of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado but convicted him of unlawful possession of a firearm on the night of the murders, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Jurors in the trial of today convicted the defendant on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm but finding him not guilty on two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of armed assault with intent to murder, and single counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and witness intimidation. After the verdicts were returned, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke sentenced Hernandez to four to five years in state prison, to be served from and after the sentence he is currently serving of life in prison without the possibility of parole. more »


Apr 13, 2017

BOSTON, April 13, 2017—A West End man pleaded guilty today to his role in a 2015 boating mishap that left a young woman with severe injuries including the traumatic amputation of her right arm, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ALEXANDER WILLIAMS (D.O.B. 7/30/90) admitted to negligent operation of a boat, furnishing alcohol to minors, and tampering with evidence. Suffolk prosecutors recommended guilty findings on all counts, a 2½-year suspended sentence, five years of probation, and $5,000 in restitution for medical costs not covered by insurance or other compensation.

Suffolk Superior Court Linda Giles did not find Williams guilty but rather continued his case without a finding for a two-year probationary term. During that period, Giles ordered, Williams must make $5,000 restitution, complete a certified drug and alcohol awareness program, and perform 200 hours of community service at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center or similar facility. Giles further said that she would retain jurisdiction over Williams’ case in the event that he violates any condition of her orders. more »


Apr 12, 2017

Slain Man’s Son Forgives Killer, Says Father’s “Spirit Is Within Me”

 

BOSTON, April 12, 2017— Relatives recalled Tasfa Wallace as a family man who loved his siblings as the brother who murdered him 17 years ago was sentenced to life in prison, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

TIMI WALLACE (D.O.B. 7/22/72) faced sentencing this morning after a Suffolk Superior Court jury yesterday found him guilty of second-degree murder in his brother’s 2000 slaying.  Judge Linda Giles sentenced Wallace to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years, but ordered that the sentence only begin once Wallace has completed the 25-year federal prison sentence he is currently serving on an armed robbery conviction.  He is scheduled to complete his federal incarceration on Dec. 14, 2025. more »


Apr 11, 2017

BOSTON, April 11, 2017—A man convicted of murder today in the shooting death of his brother, Tasfa Wallace, 17 years ago faces life in prison at his sentencing tomorrow, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted TIMI WALLACE (D.O.B. 7/22/72) of second-degree murder in connection with his brother’s March 26, 2000, shooting death on Levant Street.  He had been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder.  Judge Linda Giles is expected to impose the mandatory term of life in prison with the possibility of parole when Wallace is sentenced tomorrow morning. more »


Apr 7, 2017

BOSTON, April 7, 2017—Two men were held on high bail at their arraignments this week after their arrests during the course of a human trafficking investigation, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSE MARTINEZ (D.O.B. 4/9/91) of Dorchester was arraigned yesterday in Dorchester Municipal Court on charges of human trafficking, kidnapping, and threats.  Assistant District Attorney Brian LeBlanc requested that Martinez be held on bail of $75,000 and be ordered to wear a GPS monitor, abide by a curfew, and stay away and have not contact with the victim in the event he is to be released on bail.  Judge Thomas Kaplanes set bail in the amount of $25,000 and granted the requested conditions of release.  Martinez’ bail was revoked in an open case out of Newton District Court charging him with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, and he was held without bail pending a hearing regarding his open probation for three separate convictions in Boston Municipal Court for distribution of a Class B substance.

RASHID PARHAM (D.O.B. 8/28/98) of Roslindale was arraigned in the same court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and carrying a loaded firearm; he was additionally charged as a Level I armed career criminal.  According to prosecutors, Parham was indicted as a youthful offender and convicted in 2015 in the Juvenile Division of West Roxbury Municipal Court of armed assault with intent to murder and aggravated assault and battery, for which he is currently serving a suspended sentence.    Although he was a juvenile at the time of this earlier offense, his indictment as a youthful offender opened the case to the public and exposed Parham to the full range of juvenile and adult consequences.

At the request of prosecutors, Kaplanes set Parham bail at $25,000 and ordered that he submit to GPS monitoring, abide by a curfew, and stay away from Martinez.  He was also held without bail pending a probation hearing in West Roxbury Municipal Court. more »


Apr 3, 2017

BOSTON, March 30, 2017—Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley today thanked the hundreds of volunteers who raised more than $130,000 in this year’s Ginormous Climb to benefit young survivors of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

The annual vertical charity run up the 60 flights of 200 Clarendon Street – formerly the John Hancock Tower and still Boston’s tallest building – raised funds for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County. The CAC is the “hub” that surrounds young victims with caring adults and connects them with “spokes” that include law enforcement, clinical care, social services, and other supports to bring them justice and help them heal. more »


Apr 3, 2017

BOSTON, April 3, 2017—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, who has been recognized nationwide for the successful “Boston Model” of investigating fatal police-involved shootings, is sending his top homicide prosecutor to promote independence, integrity, and transparency at national conference on the subject.

Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin, the chief of the Suffolk DA’s Homicide Unit, will detail the benefits of Conley’s policies this week at the Officer-Involved Shootings Symposium held by the National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute in Virginia. A former history teacher and a Suffolk prosecutor for almost 25 years, Zabin is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, was named the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association’s Prosecutor of the Year in 2013, and received the Suffolk Award for Outstanding Superior Court Prosecutor in 2005. As Conley’s top homicide prosecutor since 2008, he is responsible for overseeing investigations and making charging recommendations in all unnatural deaths in Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop, Massachusetts – including those that involve police officers. more »


Apr 3, 2017

BOSTON, March 30, 2017—Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley will join state and local dignitaries along with hundreds of service providers, victim advocates, prosecutors, police personnel, and everyday heroes for this weekend’s fourth annual Ginormous Climb to benefit young survivors of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

The annual vertical charity run up the 60 flights of 200 Clarendon – formerly the John Hancock Tower and still Boston’s tallest building – raises funds for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County. The CAC is the “hub” that surrounds young victims with caring adults and connects them with “spokes” that include law enforcement, clinical care, social services, and other supports to bring them justice and help them heal. Last year’s Ginormous Climb raised more than $100,000. more »


Mar 30, 2017

BOSTON, March 29, 2017— As part of his duties as the only service animal assigned to a Massachusetts prosecutor’s office, District Attorney Dan Conley’s facility dog Indy visited with Cub Scouts in West Roxbury yesterday.

Cub Scouts from Pack 3 at Holy Name Parish earned their Service Dog merit badges with the help of Indy and his handler, Kara Hayes, Conley’s Chief of Community Engagement.  Hayes spoke to the scouts about Indy’s role at the office helping comfort children and adults as they give interviews, prepare for court appearances, or support their loved ones who might be doing the same.  The kids were also treated to a demonstration of Indy’s commands and learned about the extensive and specialized training he and other service dogs receive. more »


Mar 28, 2017

BOSTON, March 28, 2017—Three people were held on high bail and two more will be arraigned tomorrow in connection with a major seizure of the opiate fentanyl and other drugs at a Charlestown restaurant, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Assistant District Attorney Caroline Merck recommended bail of $200,000 for the following defendants, all charged with trafficking in fentanyl, trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute heroin: more »


Mar 28, 2017

BOSTON, March 28, 2017—A former guard at the South Bay House of Correction was arraigned today alongside an inmate with whom he allegedly engaged in a conspiracy to bring drugs and other contraband into the facility, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MARLON JUBA (D.O.B. 3/21/87) of Lynn and ZENON “DOUGHBOY” RODRIGUEZ (D.O.B. 11/7/90) of Chelsea were both indicted March 13 and arraigned today on charges of conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws. more »


Mar 28, 2017

BOSTON, March 28, 2017— A repeat drug offender was held on high bail at his arraignment yesterday after he was found with a loaded gun and trafficking weight cocaine immediately after shots were fired nearby, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RUBEN OSORIO (D.O.B. 1/2/85) of the South End, was arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court yesterday on charges of unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and trafficking in cocaine.  He was additionally charged with being a Level III armed career criminal based on prior convictions out of West Roxbury Municipal Court in 2012 and 2015 for distribution of a Class A substance and a 2010 conviction in Brookline for assault with a dangerous weapon, prosecutors said.

“Drug trafficking represents the intersection of guns, narcotics, and violent crime,” Conley said. “While the underlying shots-fired incident remains under investigation, this case takes a loaded handgun and a large quantity of apparent cocaine off the street immediately.”

Assistant District Attorney Brandon Tower requested bail of $50,000 and orders that Osorio wear a GPS monitor, remain within Massachusetts, stay away from the area of his arrest, and abide by a curfew in the event he is to be released on bail.  Judge David Weingarten set bail at $20,000 and ordered Osorio to be fitted with a GPS monitor, stay away from the area of his arrest, and abide by a curfew.  He also granted a motion by prosecutors to have Osorio transported to West Roxbury Municipal Court today on a probation matter. more »


Mar 27, 2017

BOSTON, March 27, 2017— Eleven days after an arrest warrant issued for his failure to appear in court, a former tax preparer faced arraignment on charges he filed false tax returns that cost Massachusetts taxpayers thousands of dollars, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RAFAEL HUERTAS, Jr., (D.O.B. 2/27/85) of Lawrence was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court this afternoon on six counts of presenting a false claim upon a public agency, six counts of delivering a fraudulent document, two counts of willfully assisting in preparation of a fraudulent return, and single counts of willful failure to file a tax return, identity fraud, and money laundering.  Huertas had been summoned to appear for arraignment on March 16 but failed to show up in court.  As a result, a default warrant issued for his arrest. 

Upon his appearance in Suffolk Superior Court today, Huertas was taken into custody.  Assistant District Attorney George Barker of the DA’s Special Prosecutions Unit requested bail of $10,000; Clerk Magistrate Edward Curley released Huertas on his own recognizance. more »


Mar 24, 2017

BOSTON, March 24, 2017— A Roxbury teen was ordered held without bail at his arraignment today in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Khisean Desvarieux in Roxbury, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

TYKORIE EVELYN (D.O.B. 12/2/99) of Roxbury was ordered held without bail at his arraignment today in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition. At the request of Assistant District Attorney David Bradley of the DA’s Homicide Unit, Clerk Magistrate Lisa Medeiros ordered Evelyn held without bail. more »


Mar 24, 2017

BOSTON, March 24, 2017— A jury will be allowed to consider previously excluded evidence in the case against a Roxbury man charged with shooting a store clerk during an armed robbery, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed lower court judge’s decision suppressing evidence in the case against JARRIS CHARLEY (D.O.B. 4/30/93) of Roxbury, who is charged with armed robbery while masked as a subsequent offense, armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm as a second offense, and carrying a loaded firearm in connection with the 2014 shooting that seriously injured a store clerk. more »


Mar 23, 2017

BOSTON, March 23, 2017—As his jury was about to begin deliberating, a Hyde Park man yesterday pleaded guilty to beating two women with what appeared to be a firearm during an armed robbery less than two weeks shy of his 18th birthday, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

NICODEM POYAU (D.O.B. 1/15/97) yesterday pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in connection with an incident that occurred on January 4, 2015.  Although Poyau was a juvenile at the time he committed these crimes, he was indicted under the state’s youthful offender statute, opening him to the full range of juvenile and adult consequences. more »


Mar 20, 2017

BOSTON, March 20, 2017—The Suffolk County Grand Jury today returned murder and related indictments in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Khisean Desvarieux in Roxbury, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said.

The indictments charge TYKORIE EVELYN (D.O.B. 12/2/99) of Roxbury with first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition for the Jan. 9 shooting near Dearborn and Eustis streets that claimed Desvarieux’s life. Under Massachusetts law, juveniles charged with murder are tried as adults. more »


Mar 20, 2017

BOSTON, March 20, 2017— The Natick man convicted of murdering nightclub security chief Craig Viera in 2006 will not receive a new trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

In an unpublished decision released today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court declined to grant a new trial to OSCAR ROSA (D.O.B. 10/22/86), who was convicted in 2008 of second-degree murder for stabbing 32-year-old Viera, who later died of medical complications resulting from his injuries.  Rosa had been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder. more »


Mar 17, 2017

BOSTON, March 17, 2017—Prosecutors today filed paperwork temporarily withdrawing charges against a Jamaica Plain man amid the investigation into a shooting last year that seriously injured a 9-year-old girl, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

“As prosecutors, our job is to ensure that we have a solid foundation for every case we bring to court,” District Attorney Conley said. “There is nothing more important to me than the integrity of our work and our cases.”   more »


Mar 16, 2017

BOSTON, March 16, 2017— An arrest warrant has issued for a former tax preparer who failed to appear in court today on charges he filed false returns for himself and others, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RAFAEL HUERTAS, Jr., (D.O.B. 2/27/85) of Lawrence had been summoned to appear in Suffolk Superior Court today for arraignment on a 17-count indictment charging him with six counts of presenting a false claim upon a public agency, six counts of delivering a fraudulent document, two counts of willfully assisting in preparation of a fraudulent return, and single counts of willful failure to file a tax return, identity fraud, and money laundering.  Huertas, however, failed to appear in court and Assistant Clerk Magistrate Edward Curley issued a default warrant for his arrest.  more »


Mar 16, 2017

BOSTON, March 16, 2017—An Everett man was arraigned today on charges he was driving drunk when he struck and killed 25-year-old Marco Salguero-Cruz in Chelsea and then fled the scene and the country, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOSE DANIEL AREVALO (D.O.B. 8/20/82) was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident causing death in connection with the June 4, 2016, hit-and-run crash that claimed Salguero-Cruz’s life.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Michael Glennon, Clerk Magistrate Edward Curley set bail at $150,000 and ordered Arevalo to submit to GPS monitoring, home confinement, and surrender his passport in the event he is to be released on bail.  Arevalo has remained in custody since he was arrested in Dallas, Texas, on Dec. 1. more »


Mar 15, 2017

BOSTON, March 15, 2017—A former tax preparer faces arraignment tomorrow after an investigation by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and the Suffolk County Grand Jury revealed evidence that he fraudulently obtained thousands of dollars in state income tax refunds for himself and others by filing false returns, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RAFAEL HUERTAS, Jr., (D.O.B. 2/27/85) of Lawrence was named in a 17-count indictment returned March 2 charging him with six counts of presenting a false claim upon a public agency, six counts of delivering a fraudulent document, two counts of willfully assisting in preparation of a fraudulent return, and single counts of willful failure to file a tax return, identity fraud, and money laundering. The charges stem from actions Huertas allegedly undertook between 2011 and 2014, including a period between 2012 and 2013, when he worked for a tax preparation service in Lowell. Huertas is charged in Suffolk County because he allegedly filed the false claims with the Department of Revenue in Chelsea. more »


Mar 10, 2017

BOSTON, March 10, 2017—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley last night lent his support to a fund that provides financial assistance to women of color who want to become prosecutors after law school.

Conley was invited to speak as a special guest of the Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation, named for Delaware Deputy Attorney General Sarita Wright Lucas, 33, and her unborn daughter, Claire, who died tragically and unexpectedly in 2014. He addressed family members, foundation administrators and donors, lawyers, and others at the University of Massachusetts Club in downtown Boston. more »


Mar 9, 2017

BOSTON, March 9, 2017— An Everett man has been indicted for motor vehicle homicide in the hit-and-run crash that killed Marco Salguero-Cruz in Chelsea last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk County grand jury yesterday returned indictments charging JOSE DANIEL AREVALO (D.O.B. 8/20/82) with motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident causing death. The indictments stem from the June 4, 2016, crash that claimed Salguero-Cruz’s life.  Arevalo has been held in lieu of bail since his arrest in Texas on Dec. 2.  A date for his Superior Court arraignment has not yet been scheduled. more »


Mar 7, 2017

BOSTON, March 7, 2017—The gunman who shot and killed 44-year-old Jose Maldonado three years ago was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today found RAYMOND ARROYO (D.O.B. 3/22/92) guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm and first-degree murder under the theory of deliberate premeditation in the Mission Hill shooting that claimed Maldonado’s life. The verdict followed about one day of deliberations. more »


Feb 28, 2017

BOSTON, Feb. 28, 2017—Three Dorchester men are expected to be arraigned tomorrow following their indictments for murder in the fatal shooting of 41-year-old Shawn Borden last year, Assistant District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

TYSHAWN SANDERS (D.O.B. 1/31/98), TYSHAWN CUMMINGS (D.O.B. 2/21/95), and JAMARI MANNING (D.O.B. 4/1/95) are expected to be arraigned tomorrow morning in Suffolk Superior Court after a Suffolk County grand jury returned indictments Feb. 15 charging each in connection with the Oct. 18 shooting that claimed Borden’s life a week later.  Each faces charges of first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and carrying a loaded firearm; Sanders faces additional charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and carrying a loaded firearm after he was found with a different gun on Nov. 4. more »


Feb 23, 2017

BOSTON, Feb. 23, 2017—The Chelsea man who allegedly beat 32-year-old Melvin Cortes, killing him, was arraigned on a murder charge today after his return from Ohio, where he fled after the fatal encounter, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

KAMAYA FARIKAFI (D.O.B. 12/7/93) was ordered held without bail. He will return to court on March 14. more »


Feb 23, 2017

BOSTON, February 23, 2017— Just as pretrial motions were about to be heard in his pending child sexual assault case, a Hyde Park man yesterday pleaded guilty to all charges related to the abuse of two young girls more than two decades ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

BRUCE SADLER (D.O.B. 10/10/57) pleaded guilty to two counts of rape of a child as a hearing in Suffolk Superior Court on defense motion to suppress evidence was set to begin yesterday.  He faces sentencing before Judge Janet Sanders on April 5.  Prosecutors will recommend a state prison sentence. more »


Feb 23, 2017

BOSTON, Feb. 23, 2017—The individual and corporate defendants in the deaths of Robert Higgins and Kelvin Mattocks in a South End trench collapse were arraigned today and their trial has been scheduled for early next year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Boston-based ATLANTIC DRAIN SERVICES, INC., and its owner and sole officer, KEVIN OTTO (D.O.B. 3/17/74) of Blackstone, are scheduled for trial in Suffolk Superior Court on Feb. 5, 2018, on indictments charging them each with two counts of manslaughter, one count of misleading an investigator under the state’s witness intimidation statute, and six counts of concealing a record under the evidence tampering statute. The Suffolk County Special Grand Jury returned the indictments Feb. 8 after an exhaustive probe by Suffolk prosecutors assisted by Boston Police homicide detectives and federal workplace safety investigators. more »


Feb 16, 2017

BOSTON, February 16, 2017—The drunk driver who crashed into another vehicle, killing 34-year-old Luz Puentes-Sheets and 44-year-old Maria Hernandez, was sentenced today following her conviction earlier this month, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JENNIFER GUZMAN (D.O.B. 7/5/1988) waived her right to a jury trial on two counts each of manslaughter, motor vehicle homicide, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury in connection with the 2014 collision on the Jamaicaway that claimed her passengers’ lives. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Kenneth Salinger on Feb. 6 found her guilty of two counts of motor vehicle homicide and acquitted her of additional charges of manslaughter and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  more »


Feb 16, 2017

BOSTON, Feb. 16, 2017—The victim of a beating earlier this month in Chelsea has died of his injuries and his alleged assailant was apprehended in Ohio on murder charges yesterday, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes, State Police Colonel Richard McKeon, and US Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio Peter C. Tobin said.

District Attorney Conley and Chief Kyes identified the victim as Melvin Cortes, 32, of Everett. Authorities say he was beaten by a man wielding a baseball bat on Congress Avenue in the evening hours of Feb. 5, suffering life-threatening injuries. The investigation into that beating led Chelsea Police and State troopers assigned to Conley’s office to seek and obtain a warrant for the arrest of Chelsea resident KAMAYA FARIKAFI (D.O.B. 12/7/93) in the days that followed. more »


Feb 15, 2017

BOSTON, February 15, 2017—The Dedham man charged with killing 31-year-old Marcus Hall at a Mattapan barbershop has been ordered held without bail, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (D.O.B. 10/12/87) of Dedham was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Craig Iannini of the DA’s Homicide Unit, Clerk Magistrate Edward Curley ordered Shakespeare held without bail. more »


Feb 13, 2017

BOSTON, Feb. 13, 2017—An arraignment date has been scheduled in the case against the business owner and corporation charged in the deaths of 47-year-old Robert Higgins and 53-year-old Kelvin Mattocks, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ATLANTIC DRAIN SERVICES, INC., and its owner and sole officer, KEVIN OTTO of Blackstone, are expected to appear Feb. 23 for arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court after a grand jury returned indictments on Wednesday charging each with two counts of manslaughter, one count of misleading an investigator under the state’s witness intimidation statute, and six counts of concealing a record under the evidence tampering statute.  more »


Feb 10, 2017

BOSTON, Feb. 10, 2017—A Dorchester woman today admitted helping to cover up the murder of her daughter, 2-year-old Bella Bond, in 2015 and will be sentenced after the child’s alleged killer goes to trial, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RACHELLE DEE BOND (D.O.B. 7/25/75) pleaded guilty to the indicted charges of being an accessory after the fact to murder and larceny over $250 by false pretense. She was not accused of any involvement in Bella’s death: rather, she had been charged with aiding the man who allegedly killed her in the aftermath and continuing to receive state benefits intended to support the girl’s care. more »


Feb 10, 2017

BOSTON, Feb. 10, 2017—A Jamaica Plain man accused in the October shooting that left a 9-year-old girl paralyzed was held on high bail at his arraignment today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DOMINIQUE FINCH (D.O.B. 6/21/89) of Jamaica Plain was arraigned today in Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of assault to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.  Assistant District Attorney Catherine Ham of the DA’s Senior Trial Unit requested bail of $500,000 with orders that Finch stay away and have no contact with the victim and her family, stay away from the Annunciation Road housing development where the shooting occurred, GPS monitoring, and abide by a curfew in the event he is to be released on bail.  Ham also asked that Finch’s bail in an open 2016 case be revoked. more »


Feb 8, 2017

BOSTON, Feb. 8, 2017—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today delivered the following remarks on manslaughter and related indictments stemming from the Oct. 21, 2016, deaths of Robert Higgins and Kelvin Mattocks at a construction site in Boston’s South End:

“On Oct. 21, 2016, 47-year-old Robert Higgins and 53-year-old Kelvin Mattocks were part of a work crew run by Atlantic Drain Services, Inc., excavating a trench below Dartmouth Street.  At about 12:30 pm, dirt within the trench gave way and a nearby fire hydrant collapsed into the hole, suddenly filling it with water.  The flood mixed with dirt and clay, trapping the men within seconds below the rising waterline, and ultimately claiming their lives.  more »


Feb 7, 2017

BOSTON, Feb. 7, 2017–Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today presented a group of Jamaica Plain eighth graders with certificates honoring their graduation from a program aimed to help them stay away from drugs, crime, and violence.

Conley and members of his staff visited the presented the awards to approximately 50 students at the James W. Hennigan K-8 School in Jamaica Plain, honoring the kids and teens he called “leaders” for completing the Overcoming Violence program offered by Conley’s office. more »


Feb 3, 2017

BOSTON, Feb. 3, 2017–Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley joined the University of Massachusetts Boston, juvenile justice professionals, and partners from across the youth advocacy spectrum to announce an ambitious pilot program aimed at diverting juvenile offenders away from the criminal justice system and toward services that will improve their lives and their communities.

The Juvenile Alternative Resolution program will team Suffolk prosecutors with UMass Boston’s Restorative Justice Juvenile Mediation Project and McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, Action for Boston Community Development Changing Tracks Initiative, MissionSAFE, the Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center Bridging the Gap program, Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps Detention Diversion Advocacy Corps, and the Justice Resource Institute SMART Team with the goal of reducing juvenile involvement in the criminal justice system in Suffolk County – and the barriers to social, academic, and employment success that can follow. more »


Jan 31, 2017

BOSTON, Jan. 31, 2017— Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today announced the arrest of a Dedham man in the June murder of 31-year-old Marcus Hall inside a Mattapan barber shop.

Early this morning members of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit, along with US Marshals and New York City Police Department, arrested WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (D.O.B. 10/12/87) of Dedham for Hall’s June 14 murder. Conley’s office had secured a four-count indictment against Shakespeare late last year following an extensive presentation to the Suffolk County Grand Jury.  Shakespeare was taken into custody in the Bronx, New York, without incident and will face extradition back to Boston in the coming days. more »


Jan 23, 2017

BOSTON, Jan. 23, 2017—The man accused of planting an improvised explosive device next to a Boston Police cruiser parked on a busy South Boston bridge was held on high bail at his arraignment today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ASIM KIETA (D.O.B. 10/30/1974), who has no fixed address, was arraigned on charges of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer, unlawful possession of an incendiary device, and arson today for the explosion on Friday morning along a portion of West Broadway above the South Boston Bypass Road. more »


Jan 19, 2017

BOSTON, Jan. 19, 2017—A Revere Police officer was arraigned today on charges of physically abusing a young child, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MARCOS R. GARCIA (DOB 12/4/84) of Saugus was arraigned in Chelsea District Court on charges of assault and battery on a child causing injury and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Alissa Goldhaber, Judge Michael Patten set bail in the amount of $5,000 and ordered Garcia to stay away from and have no contact with the victims and witnesses in the case and have no contact with children under the age of 18, except his own child, without the knowledge of a parent or guardian.  more »


Jan 18, 2017

BOSTON, Jan. 18, 2017–Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today released the following statement on the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision in Bridgeman v. District Attorney, aka “Bridgeman II,” stemming from former chemist Annie Dookhan’s wrongdoing at a Department of Public Health drug testing facility:

“Today’s SJC decision is consistent with an uninterrupted series of rulings that prosecutors are best situated to assess the viability of their cases.  Since the Scott decision in 2013, the high court has rejected mass dismissal as a remedy to Annie Dookhan’s misconduct, and it has done so once again.  In the weeks to come, we’ll consider the quality of the evidence, the availability of our witnesses, and the relative seriousness of each specific case in terms of public safety, public health, and public policy.  But that approach is not a new one: it’s our practice every day, in every case, in every courthouse in Suffolk County.”

Today’s decision followed the 2015 decision in Bridgeman I, in which the SJC declined to order the mass dismissal of Dookhan-related cases and established that defendants who challenged their convictions on those cases would not face harsher penalties or sentences if and when they are re-convicted after doing so.

 

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All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


Jan 17, 2017

CHELSEA, Jan. 17, 2017—The youth shot and killed in Chelsea on Friday has been identified as 15-year-old Jimmy Vasquez, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes said today.

Vasquez, a resident of Chelsea, suffered a fatal gunshot wound during an incident on Shurtleff Street at approximately 5:35 Friday evening. He was rushed to CHA Everett Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. A second youth, also 15, suffered a nonfatal gunshot injury and is expected to survive. more »


Jan 14, 2017

CHELSEA, Jan. 14, 2017–State Police assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office and Chelsea Police detectives continue to investigate a double shooting yesterday evening that claimed one teen’s life and injured another, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes said today.

The shooting at approximately 5:35 pm on Shurtleff Street left the 15-year-old homicide victim with mortal injuries. He was rushed to Whidden Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. His name is not currently being released pending full family notifications. A second youth, also 15, suffered less serious injuries and is expected to survive. more »


Jan 12, 2017

BOSTON, Jan. 12, 2017—A West Roxbury couple were ordered held on high bail at their arraignment today on human trafficking charges for allegedly running a house of prostitution in Allston, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

During their arraignment today in Suffolk Superior Court, Clerk Magistrate Edward Curley ordered YUET CHOW (D.O.B. 9/9/63) and KIM CHOW (D.O.B. 9/18/48) each held on $500,000 bail – an amount previously set in Brighton Municipal Court.  more »


Jan 11, 2017

BOSTON, Jan. 11, 2017—A Georgia man who worked with underage performers was sentenced to prison today after pleading guilty to secretly recording them in hotel rooms, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

WILLIAM H. ALLEN (D.O.B. 9/8/52) of Athens, Georgia, appeared in Suffolk Superior Court for sentencing today after pleading guilty to two counts each of secretly photographing sexual or intimate parts of a child and possession of child pornography.  Judge Mary Ames sentenced Allen to two years in state prison followed by 10 years of probation.  During that time, Allen is barred from residing or having unsupervised contact with anyone under 18 and from taking part in any employment or volunteer activity that would put him in contact with anyone under age 18.  He must also stay away and have no contact with his victims, undergo a psychiatric evaluation, and complete any treatment deemed necessary, including sex offender treatment. more »


Jan 10, 2017

BOSTON, January 10, 2017—A Level 3 sex offender was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing at his arraignment today on charges he assaulted two women during a break-in, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

RONALD BROWN (D.O.B. 3/20/64), who lists the Pine Street Inn as he primary residence, was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of indecent assault and battery, evidence tampering, assault for the purposes of racial intimidation, burglary with assault, and two counts each of aggravated rape, robbery, kidnapping, and witness intimidation.

Brown is additionally charged as a habitual offender and with aggravated rape as a second offense as a result of his prior convictions. According to prosecutors, Brown was convicted in Suffolk Superior Court in 1986 of aggravated rape, burglary, and other offenses for attacking a woman during a similar incident; he was sentenced to 18 to 25 years in state prison for those offenses.  In 2013, prosecutors said, he was convicted of multiple counts of juror intimidation for an incident that occurred during a separate trial at Worcester Superior Court.

At the request of Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum, chief of the DA’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Unit, Clerk Magistrate Anne Kaczmarek ordered that Brown continue to be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing under Chapter 276, Section 58A, of the Massachusetts General Laws. The statute allows a judge to hold a defendant accused of certain offenses without bail for up to 120 days pending trial upon “clear and convincing evidence that no conditions of release will reasonably assure the safety of any other person or the community.” That hearing is scheduled to take place Jan. 17. more »