For Immediate Release - March 12, 2010

D.A. Blodgett Announces Promotions, And Departure Of Highly Respected Trial Attorney

Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett has announced the promotions of Assistant District Attorneys Jessica Strasnick and Christina Ronan to the Superior Court Trial Team.

Assistant District Attorney Strasnick, who joined the office in March of 2005, was most recently the supervisor at Lawrence District Court. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and American University's Washington College of Law.

Assistant District Attorney Ronan has been with the district attorney's office for four years, and most recently was the co-supervisor at Lynn District Court. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Boston University School of Law.

"Both of these attorneys bring excellent trial skills to the superior court arena," said District Attorney Blodgett. "Their promotions are well-earned, and I know they will continue to do an excellent job for the people of Essex County."

District Attorney Blodgett also accepted with much regret the resignation of Superior Court trial attorney Jessica Connors, who has chosen to put her law career on hiatus in order to stay home with her two young children.

"I fully understand that these years with her children are ones that Jessica won't get back, and I fully support her decision," said District Attorney Blodgett. "But the Commonwealth is losing one of its finest, most talented prosecutors. She has done an extraordinary job during her 13 years with the Essex District Attorney's Office, and I hope that in the future she will decide to return."

Reflective of her outstanding career was the final case Prosecutor Connors tried, which concluded earlier this week. Utilizing her trial skills and employing DNA evidence, she convicted a defendant of rape of a child with force in a case dating back to 1991. The defendant, who broke into a Newburyport home and raped a 15 year-old girl, was sentenced to 45-60 years in state prison. He will have to serve 30 years before being parole eligible.