remember the hockey dad who killed another dad at practice? well, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree…can’t make this stuff up if I tried.


1 Response to “remember the hockey dad who killed another dad at practice? well, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree…can’t make this stuff up if I tried.”

  1. February 9, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    As a 10-year-old, Quinlan Junta watched his father get into a fight at his hockey practice, which ended with the other man dead and his father eventually serving more than eight years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.

    Yesterday, just six months after his father was freed, Junta, now 21, was charged with a violent home invasion in Reading and ordered held without bail.

    Junta of Reading and a friend, Jason Molle, a 20-year-old from Stoneham who plays hockey for Suffolk University, are accused of forcing their way at gunpoint into an apartment at Reading Commons Monday afternoon. Police and prosecutors allege the pair beat a 19-year-old who lived there with his mother and robbed him of about $800.

    “These defendants are alleged to have broken into the victim’s home, physically assaulted him, and to have stolen a significant amount of money before fleeing the scene,” Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr. said in a written statement. “We allege that this was a violent, targeted, nonrandom act.”

    Police said Junta and the victim, whose identity has not been disclosed, knew each other.

    Junta and Molle are both charged with home invasion, armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, intimidation of a witness, and conspiracy to commit a crime. Molle is also charged with illegal possession of marijuana.

    They pleaded not guilty to the charges yesterday during a brief appearance in Woburn District Court. They were ordered held without bail and are scheduled to return to court tomorrow for a dangerousness hearing.

    Efforts to reach Junta’s family or lawyer were unsuccessful yesterday. A woman who answered the telephone at Molle’s home declined to comment, and his attorney could not be reached last night.

    Police responded to a report of an armed home invasion on Archstone Circle at about 12:45 p.m. and found the victim, who had suffered facial injuries. He identified Junta as one of his attackers and gave a description of the suspects’ car, authorities said.

    Minutes later police stopped Molle, who was alone, less than 2 miles away and arrested him. Police searched Junta’s Hancock Street home early yesterday and seized “several items of interest,” but did not locate him or a gun, according to police.

    Junta, accompanied by a lawyer, later turned himself in to Reading police.

    Quinlan Junta’s father, Thomas, now 53, fatally beat another hockey father – Michael Costin, 40, of Lynnfield – in a fight at the Burbank Ice Arena in Reading on July 5, 2000, witnessed by many children.

    The dispute arose after Junta complained that his son and his friends were being roughed up during what was supposed to be a friendly scrimmage with other players, including Costin, his sons, and his sons’ friends. The case drew national attention, fueling the debate over how to prevent overzealous parents from disrupting youth sports.

    Quinlan Junta testified in his father’s defense during the 2002 trial. Jurors rejected Thomas Junta’s argument of self-defense and convicted him of involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to six to 10 years and was released from prison last August.

    Shelley Murphy can be reached at shmurphy@globe.com

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