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Massachusetts LEO killed by career criminal with prior weapons, violence charges

#1 Post by DispositionMatrix » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:10 am

Supposedly, more gun laws would fix this.

Officer slaying suspect had violent criminal history; wanted for violating probation on gun charge
Latanowich, according to officials and news reports, has an extensive adult criminal history that generated 28 cases against him in Barnstable District Court alone. His record also includes a four-year state prison term, and he has more than 110 entries on his criminal history.

Many of the district court cases, which date back to 2005, were dismissed. Sometimes the cases were dismissed when the victim refused to go forward, and in at least two cases he was found not guilty by a judge, a Globe review of the Barnstable District Court records indicates.
But the case that led Gannon to Blueberry Lane dates back to 2009, when Latanowich was arrested by two Cape Cod police departments, leading to illegal gun possession and drug charges. The two incidents were combined into one when he pleaded guilty in Barnstable Superior Court in 2010 and was given a five-year sentence — with credit for 203 days jailed awaiting trial.
The suspect got bench trials. Cases were dismissed.
Suspect in officer’s slaying was arrested once a year over last 4 years
Here are three firearm-related charges that preceded the perp's violence charges.
OTHERJuly 2009
He was charged in July 2009 with two counts of possessing a firearm without an FID card. Both charges were kicked up to Superior Court after indictment. The resolution of that case wasn’t immediately available.

OTHERDecember 2008
He was charged in December 2008 with improper firearm storage, carrying a gun without an FID card, and defacing a serial number on a firearm. He was acquitted after a bench trial.
OTHERMay 2008
He was charged in May 2008 with two counts of carrying a gun without an FID card, one count of unlawful storage of a firearm, and one count of violating a firearm surrender order. He pleaded guilty to all charges except the storage count, which was dropped. Court records show he received a prison sentence, but the precise term wasn’t immediately available.
Man charged with killing Yarmouth officer may have fled police in Everett last week
One of his many brushes with the law is believed to have occurred on April 3, when a state trooper tried to pull over a car authorities think was driven by Latanowich on Route 1 northbound shortly before 4:30 p.m., according to State Police.

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#2 Post by senorgrand » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:46 am

Poster dude for "enforce the laws we have."

Of course, coming to that conclusion would mean someone wasn't doing their job, and the establishment can't have that, so the default response will be we need more laws and less freedom.
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#3 Post by ErikO » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:48 am

How was he able to do all that with all of MA's laws?

Oh yeah, laws only stop those who do not want to break the laws.
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#4 Post by highdesert » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:08 pm

According to the Massachusetts Probation Service, Latanowich was not at home April 4 when a probation officer visited and failed to show up one day later to take a drug tests he is required to take since pleading guilty in Barnstable Superior Court to gun and drug charges, records show. The probation service obtained a warrant for his arrest last Friday, according to Coria Holland, spokeswoman for the state probation service.
How was he allowed out on probation? With the time he spent in prison he must have been convicted of at least one felony and not eligible to have firearms.
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#5 Post by sikacz » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:18 am

ErikO wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:48 am
How was he able to do all that with all of MA's laws?

Oh yeah, laws only stop those who do not want to break the laws.
My thought as well. Let's get working on enforcing existing laws.
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#6 Post by sikacz » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:23 am

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Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:08 pm
According to the Massachusetts Probation Service, Latanowich was not at home April 4 when a probation officer visited and failed to show up one day later to take a drug tests he is required to take since pleading guilty in Barnstable Superior Court to gun and drug charges, records show. The probation service obtained a warrant for his arrest last Friday, according to Coria Holland, spokeswoman for the state probation service.
How was he allowed out on probation? With the time he spent in prison he must have been convicted of at least one felony and not eligible to have firearms.
You'd think all those laws and restrictions would prevent things just like this. :sarcasm: I forgot these laws are meant to restrict and limit gun ownership by those who obey laws not criminals. Perhaps that's not sarcasm.
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#7 Post by DispositionMatrix » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:24 am

And again.
Emanuel Lopes, man accused of killing Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna, to be arraigned Monday
"Lopes then attacked Officer Chesna, it is believed with a large stone, striking him in the head," Norfolk County District Attorney Assistant District Attorney Greg Connor said. "Officer Chesna fell to the ground. Lopes then retrieved Officer Chesna's firearm and discharged it several times in his head and chest."

Other officers on scene returned fire. Lopes was struck in the leg.

Lopes attempted to flee on foot, firing Chesna's service weapon several times. One of the bullets Lopes' is believed to have fired struck a Weymouth woman in her home, killing her. Police have yet to confirm the identity of the woman killed.
I-Team: Man Accused Of Killing Officer, Woman Was On Pre-Trial Probation
Emanuel “Manny” Lopes was out on bail and on pre-trial probation at the time of the shootings, and even though he didn’t show up for a court ordered drug test in February and failed a drug test in April, his bail wasn’t revoked and he was allowed to stay on the street.
Weymouth Police say in October 2017 Lopes sold cocaine to a minor and resisted arrest. He was released on bail and ordered to stay away from alcohol, drugs and medical marijuana. He failed to show up for a drug test in February and the I-Team obtained a copy of a court audio tape from an April hearing where his probation officer told the judge he tested positive for marijuana.

But Lopes’ bail wasn’t revoked. The Assistant District Attorney and probation officer did not ask that he be held. The I-Team found photos on posted on Lopes’ social media in April that appear to show him holding a bottle of alcohol and smoking what looks to be marijuana.

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#8 Post by DispositionMatrix » Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:25 pm

Two career criminals charged in July murder.
Two men with long records charged for murder on Homestead Street in Roxbury in July
Police say they also arrested Adnan Tahlil, who has his own lengthy criminal record, in connection with Rivera's death, on a charge of manslaughter. A third man, Ira Harrison, had been arrested in July on a charge of murder.
Bennett was arrested on drug charges on Cape Cod in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2017, a judge sentenced him to a year in jail, but suspended all but 30 days of that sentence.

Tahlil's record includes a robbery and assault and battery case that went all the way up to the Supreme Judicial Court on an evidence question. Last year, he and two other men were charged with stealing $420,000 in cash in an armed robbery in Roxbury.

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#9 Post by DispositionMatrix » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:26 am

Here is the latest example of career criminals repeatedly failing to follow Massachusetts gun laws.
Police: Dorchester man busted with scoped rifle, machine pistol, heroin, cocaine
A search of Sams’ vehicle is said to have yielded 20 grams of heroin, four grams of powdered cocaine, 24 grams of crack cocaine, and nearly $2,000 in cash.

Detectives then raided Sams’ Florida Street residence and recovered a .22 caliber scoped rifle, a 9mm Mac-11 machine pistol, a 9mm handgun, a .380 caliber handgun, numerous rounds of various calibers of ammunition, and seven assorted extended magazines, according to police.

Sams is charged with four counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, seven counts of unlawful possession of a large capacity feeding device, and trafficking class A and B drugs.
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Another Firearm Recovered Around 11:04PM last night, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) arrested suspect, Dana C. Sams, 32, of Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Loaded Firearm and Operating a Motor Vehicle after Revocation.

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#10 Post by DispositionMatrix » Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:28 am

GOAL has an archive of these that they use to rebut claims Massachusetts gun laws are beneficial.

January & February 2019
Two “known” #MACourtFails felons arrested at same time for gun possession.
Two more #MACourtFails felons endangering the public and LEO’s. Both arrested for second straight time as felons in possession of a firearm. Link to story

#MACourtFails felon arrested third time for unlicensed possession after firing gun in hotel.
Thorton is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Lynn District Court on charges of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building; possession of a firearm without a license (third offense;) and malicious destruction of property over $1,200. Link to story

Crack dealer given sixteen and a half year sentence in 2007 arrested with gun.
Another #MACourtFails felon with a long crime history, he was sentenced to a sixteen and a half year prison term in 2007 for dealing crack. Link to story
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#11 Post by YankeeTarheel » Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:28 am

Deterrence of criminal behavior has ALWAYS tracked with effective law enforcement, not the harshness of the penalties. Criminals and would-be criminals calculate either implicitly or explicitly, their risk of arrest and incarceration. The more they figure they can "beat" the system (like George Zimmerman) the more brazen they are in flaunting the Law. The more rigorous law enforcement is, not just in arrests, but in the Justice system, the more crime rates drop.

This is why states with the Death penalty, who use it the most, don't have a noticeable reduction in homicides. In fact, some, like Louisiana and Texas, despite all their executions, cannot show that the Death penalty tracks to less homicides. Because, of course, most killers either are acting out of instant rage, or are well-versed in how to avoid getting arrested at all!
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#12 Post by DispositionMatrix » Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:28 am

YankeeTarheel wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:28 am
Deterrence of criminal behavior has ALWAYS tracked with effective law enforcement, not the harshness of the penalties. Criminals and would-be criminals calculate either implicitly or explicitly, their risk of arrest and incarceration. The more they figure they can "beat" the system (like George Zimmerman) the more brazen they are in flaunting the Law. The more rigorous law enforcement is, not just in arrests, but in the Justice system, the more crime rates drop.

This is why states with the Death penalty, who use it the most, don't have a noticeable reduction in homicides. In fact, some, like Louisiana and Texas, despite all their executions, cannot show that the Death penalty tracks to less homicides. Because, of course, most killers either are acting out of instant rage, or are well-versed in how to avoid getting arrested at all!
GOAL is not arguing for the death penalty for, say, possessing firearms with obscured serial numbers or being involved in a shootout. But they're pointing out that AG Healey comes out in favor of things like the ERPO bill specifically under the pretense of concern for public safety while prosecutors in the state drop firearm-related charges against those nabbed for firearm-related offenses, who often quickly commit new firearm-related crimes. Allegedly, popular thinking is most violent crimes in densely-populated urban centers are committed by a few bad actors and preventing them from repeatedly offending is paramount. It would seem dropping firearm-related charges against offenders so they can similarly re-offend as quickly as possible is counterproductive and belies the AG's claims about the need for more firearm laws out of concern for public safety.

Put another way, the AG preaching about the need for new firearm laws in a state in which career criminals are caught breaking firearm laws a short time after being caught breaking firearm laws that should carry penalties greater than the interval between the two apprehensions is disingenuous on her part.

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#13 Post by YankeeTarheel » Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:43 pm

DispositionMatrix wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:28 am
YankeeTarheel wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:28 am
Deterrence of criminal behavior has ALWAYS tracked with effective law enforcement, not the harshness of the penalties. Criminals and would-be criminals calculate either implicitly or explicitly, their risk of arrest and incarceration. The more they figure they can "beat" the system (like George Zimmerman) the more brazen they are in flaunting the Law. The more rigorous law enforcement is, not just in arrests, but in the Justice system, the more crime rates drop.

This is why states with the Death penalty, who use it the most, don't have a noticeable reduction in homicides. In fact, some, like Louisiana and Texas, despite all their executions, cannot show that the Death penalty tracks to less homicides. Because, of course, most killers either are acting out of instant rage, or are well-versed in how to avoid getting arrested at all!
GOAL is not arguing for the death penalty for, say, possessing firearms with obscured serial numbers or being involved in a shootout. But they're pointing out that AG Healey comes out in favor of things like the ERPO bill specifically under the pretense of concern for public safety while prosecutors in the state drop firearm-related charges against those nabbed for firearm-related offenses, who often quickly commit new firearm-related crimes. Allegedly, popular thinking is most violent crimes in densely-populated urban centers are committed by a few bad actors and preventing them from repeatedly offending is paramount. It would seem dropping firearm-related charges against offenders so they can similarly re-offend as quickly as possible is counterproductive and belies the AG's claims about the need for more firearm laws out of concern for public safety.

Put another way, the AG preaching about the need for new firearm laws in a state in which career criminals are caught breaking firearm laws a short time after being caught breaking firearm laws that should carry penalties greater than the interval between the two apprehensions is disingenuous on her part.
I think we're arguing different facets of the same thing. My point is that the ONLY effective deterrence is surety of arrest and incarceration, that the penalties don't matter no matter WHAT they are if the criminal doesn't believe he'll actually have to face them. There are rehab programs that can work to rehabilitate certain motivated individuals, but, again, it has to be more than just a scam to get out of serving time.
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