Press Releases from 2017
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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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 »