Boston teen acquitted over Irishman's murder

Wednesday 26 March 2014 21.54
Ciarán Conneely, who was originally from Co Galway, was shot dead in Boston in 2011
Ciarán Conneely, who was originally from Co Galway, was shot dead in Boston in 2011

A man on trial for the murder of a 36-year-old Irishman in Boston nearly three years ago has been found not guilty.

John Graham, 19, was charged with the murder of Ciarán 'Kiwi' Conneely during a failed robbery attempt in the early hours of 10 October 2011.

Mr Conneely, who was originally from Inis Meáin in Co Galway was a construction worker and had been living in the US for over 12 years.

He was returning to his home in Dorchester from an Irish festival when he was shot.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today acquitted Graham of Mr Conneely’s murder.

But the jury convicted him over a double shooting in October 2011 with the same gun that was used in Mr Conneely’s killing.

He was convicted of two counts of armed assault with intent to rob and single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and other offences for shooting two men on Monsignor Lydon Way.