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October 11, 2012

Angry mom clashes with judge over outcome

Salem: Case continued without a finding for two men who moved body

The outraged mother of an overdose victim whose body was moved out of a controversial Salem “sober house” last fall lashed out at a Salem District Court judge and the press yesterday during an emotional victim-impact statement.

Michelle Frasca was angry that local real estate developer Raymond Young, 58, and an associate of his, Richard Hollett, 47, would walk out of court with a chance to keep their records mostly intact, by being granted a continuation without a finding in the case.

“As his mother, I’ve gone through 11 months in and out of court trying to get some closure,” said a visibly angry Michelle Frasca, whose son, Bradley Michael Frasca, 29, was found dead in the foyer of Young’s 87 Federal St. home.

Young and Hollett admitted yesterday to moving Frasca’s lifeless body on the morning of Nov. 9, 2011, out of the room of a third defendant, Jose Encarnacion, 27, who was living at the 179 Boston St. rooming house that was known as “Hilltop Recovery.”

Frasca said she could understand Encarnacion’s panic when he awoke to find his overnight guest — her son, who under the rules of the house wasn’t supposed to be there — dead of a drug overdose.

“But these other two, these are grown men who knew better,” she said.

“It makes me absolutely sick,” she continued, telling Judge Robert Brennan that she would not stay in the courtroom if he intended to grant the continuation, which means that the charges against both men will be dismissed in two years if they stay out of trouble and complete 100 hours of community service.

During what was originally scheduled yesterday as a motion to suppress evidence in the case, Young, Hollett and Encarnacion, who is serving an unrelated sentence at Middleton Jail, all admitted to the charge of disinterring a body.

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