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Suffolk DA Rachael Rollins Aims To Erase Weapons Charges In Sean Ellis Case

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The Suffolk District Attorney's office is hoping to erase final weapons charges for Sean Ellis, a man who served over 20 years in prison for the killing of a police officer before his conviction was overturned in 2015.

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PAULA EBBEN: Well, tonight the saga of Sean Ellis. Familiar to many of us, but now more widely known because of a Netflix documentary. The case may be coming to a close. WBZ's Lisa Hughes joins us live in studio again. And Lisa, so Ellis was cleared of a murder charge, but there's still one conviction on his record.

LISA HUGHES: There is, Paula. DA Rachael Rollins, though, now wants a new trial on that weapons conviction. And if a judge grants her request, she will move to not prosecute which would eventually and effectively wipe Ellis's record clean. Ellis served 21 years in prison for the murder of Boston Police Detective John Mulligan before his conviction was overturned. His defense attorney found that some detectives working the case were involved in criminal activity themselves and wanted a quick conviction of Ellis to divert attention away from them. The case was featured in the Netflix series "Trial 4." Sean Ellis was clearly moved today by the DA's request.

SEAN ELLIS: To be at a point now to have my name clear is-- like, I'm-- it's just truly emotional and now I can get on-- I can get on with my life in the manner that it was in prior to my life being snatched from me. And so, you know, I'm definitely thankful to DA Rollins--

LISA HUGHES: So many people are following this case now. And Rachael Rollins also acknowledged that previous district attorneys withheld important information from Ellis's lawyers. Today, Boston Police released a statement that they recognized the issues in this case but they believe the weapons conviction was valid and that it should stand.