By Diana Novakovic
Charles Reddicks was sentenced to life in prison Friday morning after he was convicted yesterday of second-degree murder in the April 27, 2012 shooting death of 25-year-old Mariano Malave in Jamaica Plain.
Reddicks was also convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of ammunitions.
In a full courtroom on Thursday, Reddicks’ family members were seated in the first row and some could not hold back tears as the conviction came down.
On Friday, several of Malave’s family members delivered emotional statements about Mariano before Reddicks was formally sentenced.
“I’ll never have the opportunity to talk to him again, to share stories and jokes,” Malave’s cousin told the court. “I’m grateful for the 25 years we had, but we won’t get 25 more. We’ll never be able to see him grow old, to have kids of his own.”
Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Linda Giles imposed the mandatory sentence for second-degree murder, which is life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.
The sentencing came after more than a week of testimony and about three days of deliberations.