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October 3, 2013

Ex-owner of sober house jailed again

Viola gets 21/2 years for violating probation


“I just know it’s rented, sir,” Viola testified, insisting that he was simply running an errand by dropping off the application.

He also denied knowing the homeless woman who filed for the restraining order against the contractor.

After determining that Viola had again violated his probation, Machera imposed the 21/2 year sentence that had previously been suspended.

Then, in order to avoid trial on the new identity-fraud charge, Viola pleaded guilty in that case and received a concurrent 18-month jail term.

Viola, who previously was found guilty of violating his probation and who has picked up other charges around Massachusetts, was also charged recently in Salem, N.H., with “criminal solicitation,” according to court records.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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