For Immediate Release - October 17, 2013

Associates of Alleged Mob Captain Plead Guilty, Sentenced to Prison for Armed Home Invasion in Revere

Pleaded Guilty to Charges Related to Armed Home Invasion, Robbery, Kidnapping, Assault

BOSTON – Two associates of alleged mob captain Mark Rossetti pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison in connection with an armed home invasion in Revere, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. 

“These defendants executed a violent and bloody armed home invasion in connection with an extensive criminal organization led by alleged mob captain Mark Rossetti,” said AG Coakley. “More than 30 defendants have now been found guilty and sentenced in connection with that criminal enterprise.”

Yasmani Quezada, age 33, of Revere, and Marc Brown, age 24, of East Boston, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court. Quezada and Brown both pleaded guilty to Armed Home Invasion, Armed Robbery, Armed Kidnapping, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (2 counts), Assault and Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury Possession of a Firearm to Commit a Felony, Unlicensed Possession of a Firearm and Unlicensed Possession of Ammunition. Quezada also pleaded guilty to Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute. 

After the plea was entered, Superior Court Judge Christine Roach sentenced Quezada to twelve years to twelve years and a day in state prison, with three years of probation to serve upon his release. That sentence will run concurrent with a six to eight year prison sentence in connection with heroin trafficking that Quezada received in February 2013 and a four-and-a-half to seven year state prison sentenced he received in July 2012, after he and Rossetti were found guilty in connection with ordering a home break-in in Roslindale to steal heroin and money. 

Judge Roach sentenced Brown to 10 to 12 years in state prison, with three years of probation to serve upon his release.

These sentences are 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 30 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 and identified Quezada and Brown as Rossetti’s associates. The investigation revealed that on April 28, 2010, Brown and Quezada broke into a home in Revere with handguns, where Brown beat victims with his handgun and Quezada fired his handgun when he entered the house. They also stole items from the house and kidnapped one of the occupants, assaulted him in the car and threatened his life. Investigators later found a gun in the car along with over 14 grams of cocaine.

Quezada and Brown were indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury in October 2010. They both pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court and were sentenced.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Patrick Hanley, Chief of AG Coakley’s Gaming Enforcement Division and Marina Moriarty, of AG Coakley’s Enterprise and Major Crimes, with assistance from Dean Mazzone, Senior Trial Counsel in the Criminal Bureau and Essex County First Assistant District Attorney John Dawley. It was investigated by the Massachusetts State Police, the Revere Police Department, the Essex District Attorney’s Office, with assistance from the Suffolk County Sheriff, Essex County Sheriff, Boston Police Special Investigations Unit, and the Department of Corrections.

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