Police have charged 45-year-old Joseph Ghella of South Boston in the carjacking of a limo in front of a church where a wedding was taking place. The alleged carjacking occurred last Saturday in Dorchester around 1:45 p.m.
A man who was allegedly armed with a hammer forced the driver and six bridesmaids out of the limo. A pastor from the church told the Boston Globe that the bride and groom were not aware of the incident and that the bridesmaids remained calm so as not to ruin the wedding. Ghella was also charged in a Saturday break-in that allegedly occurred prior to the carjacking.
Carjacking is punishable by up to 15 years in state prison. Carjacking while armed with a dangerous weapon is punishable by up to 20 years in state prison. To be convicted of carjacking, the prosecutor has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant assaulted, maimed, confined or put a person in fear for the purpose of stealing a motor vehicle and with the intent to steal it.
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