Week that was
Week that was
Burgo killer gets 60 years
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced that Darrell "Damage" Johnson, 20, with a last known address of 69 John St., Pawtucket, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Justice Robert Krause to second-degree murder for the July 2012 murder of Joshua Burgo.
Johnson was sentenced to 60 years, with 32.5 years to serve and the remainder suspended with probation, on the count of murder, and 10 years, to run concurrent, on the count of carrying a pistol without a license.
Had the case proceeded to trial, prosecutors say they were prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that on July 6, 2012, Johnson shot Burgo in the chest behind the Nathanael Greene School in Pawtucket following an altercation between two groups. After murdering Burgo, Johnson fled the state and was later apprehended by U.S. marshals in Virginia. He was extradited to Rhode Island, arraigned and has been held without bail on the murder charge.
"The lives of two young men were irrevocably changed by this senseless murder. Joshua Burgo was only 20 when his life was tragically cut short by 18-year-old Darrell Johnson, who brazenly shot and killed him in cold blood, leaving him to die on the ground behind an (elementary) school," said Kilmartin in a statement. "Although Darrell Johnson attempted to flee, his attempt to evade justice was thwarted."
Pawtucket Police Detectives David Silva and Donti Rosciti led the investigation. Special Assistant Attorney General Roger Demers prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.
Provost pleads no contest
Newly retired Pawtucket Police Officer Ken Provost pleaded no contest last Friday to charges he stole more than 200 gallons of gas from pumps at the Pawtucket Department of Public Works facility.
Provost, who was ordered to pay $682 in restitution and will be on probation for one year, told NBC 10 he was glad the matter was concluded so he could move on.
Provost, who retired just days before proceedings against him were to commence, is receiving a retirement payout of $46,680 in unused sick time, vacation time, clothing/cleaning allowance, comp time and holiday time, according to information provided to The Breeze by city officials.
His post-retirement lifetime benefits include an annual pension benefit of $39,529 and an annual health insurance/dental benefit of $18,403.
Dentist has license suspended
State officials suspended the license of Pawtucket dentist Demetrius Photopoulos to prescribe controlled substances after it was found that he inappropriately prescribed drugs.
Representatives for the Rhode Island Department of Health charged that Photopoulos "has a pattern of prescribing controlled substances to patients in a manner that does not meet the standards of acceptable practice."
Among other violations, he was accused of prescribing controlled substances outside the scope of his dental practice, including growth hormone to a 3-year-old child, an anabolic steroid to a 14-year-old girl, and a testosterone gel to a 22-year-old man. According to officials, he prescribed a controlled substance to a family member and medications for himself
Leaving the license in place would have constituted "an immediate threat to the health, welfare and safety of the public," according to the finding.
Police make drug bust
Last Friday, members of the Pawtucket Police Department Special Squad executed two search warrants at 10 George St., apartment 24, and 18 Dudley St., apartment 3, subsequently arresting two people on various drug charges. Manuel Divison, 34, and Jennifer Erazo Vicente, 27, were both taken into custody.
This investigation was the direct result of neighborhood complaints and other sources of information, according to police.
Evidence recovered indicated that both suspects lived at both apartments, say police.
The following items were seized from the George St. apartment: 32.4 grams of heroin; $3,080 in U.S. currency; and scales and packaging materials associated with the street level distribution of illegal drugs.
The following items were seized from the Dudley St. apartment: One gram of heroin; $11,719 in U.S. currency; and scales and packaging materials associated with the street level distribution of illegal drugs
Both Divison and Vicente were charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver/one ounce to one kilogram, maintaining a common nuisance/controlled substances, and distribution/manufacturing of controlled substances near a school.
Divison and Vicente were held and appeared before a bail commissioner last Saturday. They were each held without bail.