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Three Indicted for Armed Robberies Near BU

Teenagers could face years in jail


A Norfolk County grand jury indicted three suspects on Thursday in connection with the armed robberies of three Boston University students and one recent graduate earlier this semester.

Taquari Milton, 17, of Roxbury, a 16-year-old from Roxbury, and a 15-year-old from Dorchester were indicted on four counts of armed robbery for incidents that took place on September 25 and October 5, according to Norfolk Country prosecutors. The first two teenagers were also indicted on one count of accessory after the fact in the October 5 robbery.

Brookline police arrested the teenagers in mid-October. Police continue to investigate the robberies that took place on September 23 and October 9 near BU.

“We thank the Brookline Police Department and Boston University Police Department for their work and cooperation in this investigation and putting this case together,” said District Attorney Michael Morrissey in a statement released Thursday.

If convicted, the teenagers face a minimum of five years in state prison, although the court could impose juvenile sentences on the two younger suspects.

The district attorney’s office is also pursuing parallel cases in Brookline District Court and in juvenile court, which cannot sentence convicted criminals to state prison and can impose a maximum sentence of two and half years in jail.

David Traub, a press officer for the Norfolk district attorney, said prosecutors would drop the two lower court cases if the suspects are formally charged with the crimes in Superior Court, which has not yet set a date for their arraignment.

Leslie Friday, BU Today, Boston University
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17 Comments on Three Indicted for Armed Robberies Near BU

  • BU Alum on 12.10.2012 at 9:22 am

    Waiting for posts from bleeding hearts pleading for leniency for the unfortunate, disadvantaged juveniles.

    • Nenad on 12.10.2012 at 9:37 am

      How much would you give them?

      • BU Alum on 12.10.2012 at 10:49 am

        15 minutes, about what I expected.

        • Nenad on 12.10.2012 at 10:59 am

          sorry I woke up later then you :)

    • Also A BU Alum And I Live Near Here on 12.10.2012 at 12:27 pm

      They’re being charged in Superior Court, which means it’s under MA’s Youthful Offender statute. That means they’ll tried and sentenced as if they were adults, and probably receive life in prison. They didn’t hurt anyone in their stupid little crime spree. I don’t think we should ruin teenagers lives forever so lightly. Better a bleeding heart than a yellow belly.

      • Seriously? on 12.10.2012 at 4:24 pm

        Right, because robbing people at gunpoint isn’t hurting anyone.

        They should have thought about the consequences of their actions before they went out and robbed someone. Excusing them for their crimes would be a disservice to the victims.

      • Didn't hurt anyone? What a joke. on 01.18.2013 at 9:59 am

        They didn’t hurt anyone? How do you know this? Do you know for a fact that none of the victims of these vicious robberies are now experiencing PTSD symptoms?

        If you say PTSD is not an injury, I would like to point to recent developments in the medical community that are now classifying PTSD symptoms as “Post Traumatic Stress Injury”.

        So if any of the victims of these brutal robberies are experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Injury, I think these repeat offenders should be prosecuted to the maximum extent allowed by law.

  • Nenad on 12.10.2012 at 9:36 am

    I think 5 years would be way too long sentence for a teenager. Surrounded by other criminals for such a long time, these teenagers will get a “degree” in how to become criminals on a long run.

    • AP on 12.10.2012 at 11:01 am

      They will probably be housed in a juvenile facility, not a regular prison.

    • Sigh on 12.10.2012 at 12:19 pm

      They already have a degree in how to become criminals. It’s not like they did it only once.

  • SOS on 12.10.2012 at 12:55 pm

    There are crimes where young perps get a slap on the wrist but sticking a (plastic) gun in the victims midsections isn’t one of them. Armed robbery doesn’t get the most sympathy from the courts. The three of them will do some hard time with the one who turned himself in getting the lightest sentence. That’s the way it should be.

    It will be up to the three of them – along with help from their families – to continue down this road or change their lives for the good.

    • Anon on 12.10.2012 at 1:33 pm

      it wasn’t a plastic gun…it was an illegal unregistered loaded firearm

      • MoonBatman on 12.10.2012 at 9:56 pm

        Both your posts are misleading; the weapon used was a bb gun that looked like a real gun but I imagine it was flashed, not brandished, to hide this fact. However, threat of force is tantamount to use of force in contexts like this where result (duress, emotional trauma) is the same.

  • oh bu on 12.10.2012 at 1:39 pm

    in order to save you all the effort of reading through most of these comments i will sum up exactly the two types of comments this article will gather

    “BU is not doing enough to keep us safe! BU should have known people would want to rob their students and put up a big wall around the BU campus. Shame on you BU!”

    “These pour underprivileged kids are a confluence of their socio-economic backgrounds! Its not their fault they robbed people, it’s societies fault! Therefore the center for activism, unicorns and whiny college students will be holding a bake sale to raise money for their legal costs.”

    • K.O on 12.10.2012 at 5:55 pm

      Haha comment above me is dead on

    • BU senior on 12.10.2012 at 6:05 pm

      I agree. I think BU did well handling the situation and I trust our legal system to give a just sentence. Everyone needs to calm down and have a little faith in how the system works.

    • That's embarrassing on 12.10.2012 at 11:44 pm

      No one said either of those comments. Good try though.

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