Three alleged Cambridge chuckleheads charged with shooting up Chinatown

Three Cambridge men were arrested early this morning after Boston Police officers on routine bar-closing patrol started hearing gunfire in the area of South Street, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

They responded to the area and found three men hunched down and apparently trying to flee near the corner of South and Tufts streets.

After expressing relief at the officers' arrival, the men pointed toward Kneeland Street and said, "They went down there in a black Magnum." The officers broadcast a description of a black Dodge Magnum in connection with shots fired, headed toward Kneeland Street, and soon spotted such a vehicle taking a right turn off of Utica Street and heading in their direction.

Dario Santos, Jr., 23, Eric Small, Jr., 22, and Kadeem Winspeare, 22, were arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute, the DA's office says.

Prosecutors asked that Winspeare be locked up for violating bail on an outstanding drug-distribution charge out of Cambridge and that his bail for the new offense be set at $100,000 based on a record that includes defaulting on six other charges. Judge Raymond Dougan, Jr., instead set bail at $1,500 and declined to revoke his earlier bail.

Dougan did agree with a request from prosecutors to set bail at $5,000 each for the other two.

Innocent, etc.

declined to revoke Winspeare’s open bail and set his new bail at $1,500.

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What could have prevented

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What could have prevented this: tougher gun laws (MA already has some of the toughest gun laws in the country) or a court system that is actually willing to put criminals away? These people have no fear of just letting some rounds fly in public

Tight gun laws in one state are meaningless

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in this country when more than half of the other states basically give guns away. Only state that bucks this trend is Hawaii, because good luck getting a gun from Virginia/Idaho/Texas etc to Hawaii. With you however on the fact that these thugs were let off way too easy.

Enforce existing laws?

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Why wasn't the guy in the back seat in prison?

April 6 2007
April 6, 9:02 p.m., Kadeem Winspeare, age unavailable, 360 Prospect St., was arrested opposite 259 Hurley St., charged with trespassing, making threats and possession of a Class B.

April 7 2008
Cambridge — Police arrested two men on assault charges and a third on a warrant after a fight outside a Kendall Square bar sent one victim to the hospital early Monday morning. Kadeem Winspeare, 18, of Prospect Street and Nicholas Ciccarelli, 20, of Plymouth Street were charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon around 1:20 a.m., April 7. Police said the pair had been drinking at Flat Top Johnny’s Sunday night.

May 1 2009
May 1, 2:46 a.m.: Kadeem Winspeare, 19, of 89 Sagamore Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on Elm Street and charged with being a disorderly person and disturbing the peace.

Oct 17 2009
10/17/2009 05:08 AM. Kadeem Winspeare was arrested for he grabbed his mother by throat and punched her in the face

Nov 19 2009
11/19/09 11:07 PM, Kadeem Winspeare of 89 Sagamore Ave. Chelsea, MA was arrested at Kadeem Winspeare was arrested at 1199 Cambridge St for outstanding arrest warrants

April 7 2010
6:25 p.m., Kadeem Winspeare, 20, of 101 Inman St., arrested on a warrant out of Cambridge District Court for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on Thorndike Street

Oct 7 2011
Kadeem Winspeare, 21, of 101 Inman St. was arrested on a warrant for assault with a dangerous weapon. A search revealed that he had tried to discard a bag of cocaine weighing about 14 grams and was carrying more than $1,400 in cash. He was additionally charged with possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance and a school zone violation as the arrest occurred within 1,000 feet of the King Open School.

existing laws?

This kid has been clean for over a year now. Just started to turn his life around!

I think he needs one more chance.

He was also a honor roll

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He was also a honor roll student. A MVP trophy winner multiple times in sports. A very good kid.

must be just book smaht

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Sports and academic accolades mean little when during your off time you're beating your own mother and shooting up China Town.

An honor roll student?

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"He was also a honor roll student"

Maybe so, but obviously you're not.

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Yes best that you be anon the

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Yes best that you be anon the reason he is not in jail cuz he a wonderful person. Do not judge someone because he is with the wrong people.

Again why were these guys out?

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April 11, 2008 5:16 p.m.: Dario Santos Jr., 18, of 27 Newtowne Court, was arrested at the corner of Portland and Main streets and charged with possession of a class D drug with the intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws and violating drug laws near a school or park.

May 20, 2008
Three teens were arrested after police found more than 100 bags of cocaine and two handguns in a Hampshire Street home. Police charged (Dario) Santos with possession of a class D drug, after they caught him trying to dispose of a bag of marijuana.

June 1 2010
6:27 p.m., Eric Small, 19, of 1 Worcester St., charged with disorderly conduct and assault and battery on a police officer on Washington Street.

Before you go casting

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Before you go casting judgment on these individuals you know the fact. God says " when you judge people he will judge you in the same manner" and before you go taking the sawdust out of someone's eyes, just remember that you have a plank in your's first that you need to remove.

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Unfortunately...

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...this is par for the course.

I was assaulted with a deadly weapon (while trying to defend a woman) in August by two thugs. Spent my night in the emergency room, racking up thousands in medical expenses, and the two clowns that did this had $250 and $500 cash bond offered. One of them was a 2 time felon, and both have since skipped their court dates.

Absolute joke of a justice system here.

This is the judge to get!

Especially if you are the law breaking citizen.

http://www.wbur.org/2011/04/20/conley-dougan

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/04/12/keller-large...

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2012/12/05/judici...

Just a few links. It looks like he actually is taking each case with no bias since he's ignored rap sheets, and histories of repeat offenders.

Very frustrating. I'd like to see criminals punished to the full extents allowed by our laws.

Does anyone know this Judge's background?

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Where he's from, where he attended schools, who appointed him, any organizations he's involved in, etc.,

Just searching his name brought up many hits. He's obviously a piece of work. It's guys like this that give judges and lawyers a bad name. Unbelievable the state commission dropped proceedings against him, but defense lawyers have uber power and influence in this state. There should be MAJOR outrage by the general public over this judge's proven and consistent behavior of disregarding basic law and and the general safety of the public. One other example is he dismissed DUI charges against a Peru native caught driving with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit because he said it was in the best interest of justice since the man would have faced deportation proceedings if he were convicted. He let a man with multiple domestic violence charges out on very low bail with no requirement to attend anger management classes.

Boston Globe says Dukakis appointed him

From the Globe, April 6, 2012:

Defense lawyers have rushed to Dougan’s side, accusing Conley of attempting to intimidate judges who do not do what he wants. They insisted that Dougan, appointed by Governor Michael S. Dukakis, is simply “independently exercising his discretion’’ and that Conley does not like it.

Full story here:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/art...

My guess is he lives in

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My guess is he lives in Weston or some other millionaire suburb, where he doesn't need to worry about all the fine upstanding law-abiding fellas he has sprung from jail.

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