Excerpts: IT Guru John Donovan Found Guilty of Faking His Own Shooting
- Former MIT professor John Donovan Sr., an entrepreneur who started several high-tech companies and authored several books on IT, has been found guilty of faking his own shooting. A Massachusetts judge, however, ignored a plea by prosecutors that he be sentenced to jail.
- Charged with faking the shooting in December 2005, Donovan has maintained he was attacked by Russian hit men who he believed were hired by family members.
- Donovan, 65, called law enforcement authorities on the night of Dec. 16, 2005, claiming two hit men had opened fire at him, peppering his car with bullets and wounding him slightly in the stomach. At the same time, he claimed intruders broke into his home in suburban Boston.
- In a statement, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said the judge’s guilty verdict “marks the end to a very long and sad chapter for the Donovan family. We hope that this verdict will give family members some peace of mind, and we believe that John Donovan Sr. has been held accountable for his attempted manipulation of the criminal justice system for his own purposes.”