For Immediate Release - June 21, 2013

Rossetti Associate Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Two Years in State Prison in Connection with Drug Robbery

Defendant Connected to Highly Organized and Violent Criminal Enterprise throughout Eastern Massachusetts

BOSTON – An associate of alleged mob captain Mark Rossetti has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to two years to two years and one day in state prison in connection with a drug robbery, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. The state prison sentence will be served after Prochilo completes the separate federal sentence he is now serving.

Michael Prochilo, Jr., age 43, of Saugus, pleaded guilty Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court to charges of Breaking and Entering and Conspiracy to Commit Breaking and Entering. After the plea was entered, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Charles J. Hely sentenced Prochilo to two years to two years and one day in state prison.

“This defendant was involved with a violent criminal enterprise and took part in breaking into a home to steal heroin and money,” AG Coakley said. “He will now serve time in prison for his involvement with this organization, which for years threatened the safety of our communities.”

This sentence is the result of a multi-agency targeted investigation into a highly organized and violent criminal enterprise that operated throughout eastern Massachusetts. The investigation began in 2009 and was conducted jointly by the Attorney General’s Office, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s Office, and the Massachusetts State Police Special Service Section.

In October 2010, AG Coakley, DA Blodgett, and retired Colonel Marian J. McGovern, former superintendent of the State Police, announced the indictments of 31 individuals in connection with this highly organized and violent criminal enterprise that involved extortion, drug trafficking, robberies, assaults and other crimes. 

The suspected leader of the criminal network, Rossetti, was indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury in connection with organizing this criminal network involved in extortion, drug trafficking, robberies, assaults and other crimes. As the investigation developed and crimes outside of Essex County were identified, DA Blodgett and AG Coakley collaborated resources, leading to one of the first and most successful uses of the Statewide Grand Jury, which heard evidence for five months, much of it gathered utilizing state-of-the art investigative techniques.  Investigators and prosecutors developed evidence against Rossetti and other individuals associated with the criminal organization and dismantled it. To date, more than 20 defendants have been found guilty in Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk and Plymouth counties.

Utilizing state-of-the art investigative techniques, investigators and prosecutors developed evidence against Rossetti and other individuals associated with the criminal organization. The investigation revealed that Rossetti and Quezada allegedly ordered two other associates, Michael Prochilo, Jr. and Edward Harris, to break into a Roslindale home to steal heroin and money.

In July, a Suffolk Superior Court jury found Rossetti and Quezada each guilty on one count of Breaking and Entering with Intent to Commit a Felony Therein. Rossetti was sentenced to seven to nine years in state prison and Quezada was sentenced to four-and-a-half to seven years in state prison. Edward Harris pleaded guilty in September 2012 and was sentenced to five years in state prison. Prochilo pleaded guilty Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court and was sentenced to state prison.

This case was handled by Assistant Attorneys General Patrick Hanley and Dean Mazzone of AG Coakley’s Enterprise and Major Crimes. Essex County First Assistant District Attorney John Dawley is prosecuting all defendants charged in Essex County. Shannon Legrice of the AG’s Victim/Witness Services Division and paralegal Lindsay Bonda, from the Enterprise and Major Crimes Division, also assisted in the case. It was investigated by the Special Service Section of the Massachusetts State Police, the Essex District Attorney’s Office and Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Essex District Attorney’s Office, with assistance from various local police departments.

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