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Charges and verdicts for John J. O’Brien

Former state probation chief John J. O’Brien and two top aides are accused of running their department like a criminal enterprise, handing out jobs to the friends of state legislators in exchange for favors.

The allegations have roiled Beacon Hill, as the months-long trial subjected the conduct of key officials to intense scrutiny. Prosecutors accused legislative leaders including House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray of influencing hiring in the Probation Department.

Defense attorneys say O’Brien and his aides were simply practicing political patronage, and that their actions were no different than many others that play out in state government.

Below is information about the charges against O’Brien. The verdicts will be updated as they come in.

1. Mail fraud

Alleged in the hiring on or about May 20, 2008, of Patrick Lawton.

  • Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison

  • Verdict: Guilty


2. Mail fraud

Alleged in the hiring on or about April 8, 2008, of Kelly Manchester.

  • Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison

  • Verdict: Guilty

3. Mail fraud

Alleged in the hiring on or about March 11, 2008, of Melissa Melia.

  • Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison

  • Verdict: Guilty

4. Mail fraud

Alleged in the hiring on or about March 11, 2008, of Patricia Mosca.

  • Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison

  • Verdict: Guilty

5. Mail fraud

Alleged in the hiring on or about Aug. 30, 2007, of Michael White.

  • Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison

  • Verdict: Not guilty

6. Mail fraud

Alleged in the hiring on or about Aug. 30, 2007, of Kevin O’Brien.

  • Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison

  • Verdict: Not guilty

7. Mail fraud

Alleged in the hiring on or about Aug. 30, 2007, of Mari-Elena Sanchez.

  • Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison

  • Verdict: Not guilty

8. Mail fraud

Alleged in the hiring on or about Aug. 30, 2007, of Anthony Mataragas.

  • Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison

  • Verdict: Not guilty

9. Racketeering

  • Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison

  • Verdict: Guilty

10: Conspiracy to engage in racketeering

  • Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison.

  • Verdict: Guilty

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