John Rogaris, 45, got a suspended jail sentence yesterday after acknowledging he actively tried to keep police from learning how he had workers take a man who'd fallen down the stairs in his Chestnut Hill Avenue bar and dump him outside, where he lay, unconscious and near death, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Peter Krupp gave Rogaris a two-year suspended jail term for the May, 2014 incident at Roggie's on charges of withholding evidence during the course of a criminal investigation, witness intimidation, and two counts of misleading an investigator, the DA's office reports, adding prosecutors had asked for a 2-3 year prison sentence.
Rather than calling 911 when the critically injured patron was discovered, employees moved the man outside and placed him in a parking lot – a move that prosecutors said was undertaken at Rogaris’ direction.
A passerby discovered the man on the ground and called for emergency assistance. The man was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital with life-threatening head injuries.
During the course of their investigation, Boston Police sought surveillance video from cameras inside and outside Roggie’s. Rogaris on two occasions lied to officers, insisting that no video existed and concealed video DVRs, the evidence showed. Ultimately, Boston Police obtained a search warrant and discovered video that showed a body being moved out of the establishment.
After police recovered the video evidence, Rogaris contacted a witness and offered to “take care” of the witness and his family financially if the witness took the blame for the incident.
Rogaris sold the bar's liquor license to two brothers who plan to open a pizza place at the location.