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Raustein Suspects Held Without Bail

By Sarah Y. Keightley
News Editor

Following their arraignments in Middlesex Superior Court this week, the three suspects in the stabbing death of Yngve K. Raustein '94 are now being held without bail. At the arraignments, they pleaded not guilty.

Before the arraignment, a Middlesex grand jury had charged Joseph D. Donovan, Shon McHugh, and Alfredo Velez with murder. Donovan and Velez were also indicted on two counts of armed robbery each.

The judge decided that the defendants be held without bail. His decision was based in part on a new Massachusetts statute allowing judges to consider the threat a suspect may pose to society when setting bail, said Jill Reilly, spokesperson for the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office.

Donovan, 17, and Velez, 18, were arraigned on Wednesday. They are still being held in Cambridge jail. Originally, they were held on $1 million surety or $100,000 cash bail. Their next pre-trial conference is scheduled for Nov. 4.

McHugh, 15, who is being held at a juvenile detention center, was arraigned on Tuesday. He was previously being held on $1 million surety or $100,000 cash bail. McHugh will return to court Oct. 28 for a status hearing, at which the structure of his later transfer hearing will be determined. This transfer hearing, which has not been scheduled, will determine if he should be tried as an adult.

Under Massachusetts law, 16-year-olds can be tried as adults. On Sept. 18, the date of Raustein's murder, he was one month shy of his sixteenth birthday.

If found guilty, the maximum penalty for Donovan and Velez, who are legally adults, would be life imprisonment without parole. As a juvenile, McHugh could be sentenced to 20 years in jail, 15 of them without parole.

The three youths were arraigned in District Court last month. Because the suspects are charged with felonies, another arraignment was necessary to move the cases to Superior Court.