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SALEM, Mass. — Steven Listro Jr., 18, of Atkinson, N.H., will have to stay in jail awaiting trial on home invasion charges because his father wants back the $50,000 bail he posted for his son.
During an emotional scene in Salem Superior Court yesterday, Listro Jr. hugged his sobbing father, Steven Listro Sr., just before court officers placed the young man in handcuffs and shackles and led him away.
Listro Jr. of 4 Birdsall Lane, Atkinson, N.H., is one of four men indicted in a May 12 home invasion in which the inhabitant was pistol whipped and shot in the foot.
Listro Jr. is the first of the four to be arraigned in Superior Court after their indictments, and prosecutor A. J. Camelio said the other three would likely be arraigned within two weeks.
The young man had been free on $50,000 cash bail, posted by his father, a few days after his arraignment in Haverhill District Court the day after the incident. But yesterday, the elder Listro "surrendered the bail," in essence asking for his money to be returned.
With no other means of posting bail, Listro Jr. was ordered into custody as his father and girlfriend sobbed.
Defense lawyer Pamela Saia-Rogers declined to comment on why the elder Listro sought the return of his bail money, in effect sending his son to jail to await trial.
He is charged with home invasion, armed assault with intent to murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of possession of a firearm without a firearms identification card.
Listro Jr., Luis Torres, 23, 3 Evergreen Drive, Bradford, and Jason Perry, 19, of 41 McIntosh Road, Danville, N.H., were arrested a short time after the incident. Hector "Edo" Colon, 23, of 5 4th Ave., Haverhill, turned himself in at Haverhill District Court several days later.
A fifth man, who police said took part in the home invasion has never been identified, according to prosecutors.
The charges stem from when five men, wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts, forced their way into the Primrose Street apartment of Gerald Boucher, 25, in search of money and cocaine.
Police said their search of the home did not turn up any drugs.
During the home invasion, Boucher was pistol-whipped and shot in the foot before the five men fled, police said.
Two handguns, a .22-caliber pistol and a .38-caliber revolver police said were used in the home invasion, were recovered during the investigation.
Camelio said the four men face potential sentences of life in prison if they go to trial and are convicted on the home invasion charge.
Judge Maureen Hogan ordered Listro to return to court on Sept. 8.
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