Keith Hobbs convicted in “mistaken identity” murder of Demetrius Blocker

Keith Hobbs was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on June 16 for gunning down Demetrius Blocker in what prosecutors described as a “likely case of mistake identity.”

Jurors deliberated for two days before convicting Hobbs, 29, of first degree murder in Blocker’s shooting on Dec. 16, 2010 in a Mission Hill parking lot.

Blocker, 21, was waiting for a relative when he was shot. He wasn’t affiliated with gangs or crime, according to prosecutors.Read more

Jahvon Goodwin sentenced to life in stabbing death of Rashad Lesley-Barnes

Jahvon Goodwin, 23, was sentenced to life in prison after a jury convicted him of second-degree murder in the 2012 stabbing death of 24-year-old Rashad Lesley-Barnes.

Rashad Lesley-Barnes

Rashad Lesley-Barnes. (Handout photo from family)

I’ll never get to see him be a father, because he never had children,” Pauline Barnes said of her son prior to Goodwin’s sentencing. “I’ll never get to have a mother-son dance at his wedding.”
Read more

Friends, neighbors remember Jonathan Dos Santos

As hundreds filed in for his wake two miles away, a sidewalk memorial for Jonathan “JoJo” Dos Santos in a residential area on Dorchester’s Washington Street marked the spot where two teens allegedly gunned down the 16-year-old while he was riding his bike one week earlier.jojo2

Stuffed animals, hand-written tributes, and a sea of candles surrounded a utility pole in the area prosecutors say 16-year-old Dushawn Taylor-Gennis and 14-year-old Raeshawn Moody ambushed and killed Dos Santos in broad daylight just hours after Dos Santos was honored for his academic achievements at McKinley Preparatory High School.

It’s heartbreaking when you lose a child,” said Patricia Charles, 64, who stopped by the memorial. She said she didn’t know Dos Santos personally, but knew of his reputation as a good sports player, and pointed to his family’s house which is less than a block from where the high school freshman was killed.
Read more

Two teenagers held without bail in death of Jonathan Dos Santos

A 16-year-old and 14-year-old were arraigned on murder charges June 15 after allegedly ambushing Dos Santos June 10 as he rode his bike in Dorchester. They were held without bail until their next hearing on July 15.
Read more

Two teens arrested for shooting death of Jonathan Dos Santos

Two teenagers, 16-year-old Dushawn Taylor-Gannis and an unidentified 14-year-old, were arrested Saturday for the death of Jonathan Dos Santos, who was reportedly ambushed and shot to death while riding his bike on Fuller Street in Dorchester, Boston Police and the Suffolk Country District Attorney’s office announced.

According to a DA press release, Taylor-Gannis and the 14-year-old will be arraigned Monday in Dos Santos’ death for murder and unlawful firearm possession.

In an abundance of caution given his age, authorities are withholding the 14-year-old juvenile’s name until a criminal complaint issues on Monday morning,” the DA’s office said in the release. “Under Massachusetts law, juveniles charged with murder are exposed to the same penalties as adults and their cases are open to the public.”Read more

Jonathan Dos Santos, 16, ambushed and murdered while riding his bike

Just two months after confiding his reluctance to join a gang and the fear of his decision’s fallout, 16-year-old Jonathan Dos Santos was ambushed and shot to death Wednesday night while riding his bike in Dorchester, according to the Boston Police Department and the Boston Globe.

Read more

Edwin Alemany sentenced to life for murder of Amy Lord

Edwin Alemany was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder in the July 2013 stabbing death of 24-year-old Amy Lord, rejecting the defense’s assertion that Alemany was insane while committing his crimes.

Alemany, 30, was sentenced after Lord’s mother, Cynthia Lord, and Kayleigh Ballantyne, who survived being stabbed five times by Alemany during his 20-hour spree of violence that included Lord’s murder, spoke of the impact of Alemany’s attacks.
Read more

Stephane Etienne’s murder conviction overturned in 2012 drug deal gunfight

Just a month after Stephane Etienne, 21, was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his friend, 18-year-old Christopher Pichardo,  the charge was vacated and his case is headed to the state’s highest court, Etienne’s lawyer said.

Etienne was convicted in April following a January 2012 armed home invasion that turned deadly. Etienne, Pichardo, and a third friend, Robinson Tejeda, 24, conspired to steal a half pound of marijuana from a Dorchester home,  according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, but a gunfight at the scene left Pichardo dead.Read more

Michael Stallings convicted of causing asthma death of Kelvin Rowell

Michael “Fresh” Stallings was convicted of involuntary manslaughter today for causing the death of 40-year-old Kelvin Rowell, who had a fatal asthma attack while fleeing what prosecutors called a ”barrage of gunfire” near Blue Hill Avenue and Pasadena Road  in 2012, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said Stallings, 26, is an H Block gang member and fired into a group of men on the night of Jan. 23, 2012, aiming for members of rival gang Castlegate.Read more

Life sentences for two men in 2013 murder at Dudley station

Two men were found guilty of second-degree murder charges in the February 2013 shooting death of 26-year-old Courtney Jackson at the Dudley MBTA station, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

Courtney Jackson was expecting a daughter when he was gunned down while trying to board an MBTA bus

Courtney Jackson was an expectant father when he was gunned down while trying to board an MBTA bus

Jamel Bannister, 24,  and Brian Cooper, 27, were both sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years for killing Jackson, according to the DA’s office. Cooper pleaded guilty to second-degree murder while Bannister was convicted by a jury.

Bannister and Cooper faced first-degree murder charges in Jackson’s death but were found guilty of second-degree murder instead. A first-degree murder conviction in Massachusetts results in a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

According to the DA’s office, Cooper and Bannister engaged in a verbal altercation with Jackson. As Jackson turned to board a bus, Cooper shot him twice. Read more