When the case against Edgargo Clark, a suspect in the shocking stabbing of 31-year-old Gerald Williamson outside a Dorchester restaurant, went to mistrial last year, it proved to be a setback in moving towards justice for the victim.
But on Thursday, October 20, 2016, Edgargo Clark admitted to stabbing Williamson and pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter during his appearance at the Suffolk Superior Court.
Edgargo Clark has now been sentenced by Judge Christine Roach with a 16 to 18 years in prison.
Had the case proceeded to trial, the DA’s office says that ADA Ian Polumbaum would have presented evidence to prove that there was no relation between Williamson and Clark when the verbal altercation began on the evening of October 16, 2014 in the Dorchester restaurant. But the strangers soon turned to foes. The argument eventually did appear to be over until Williamson bumped Clark while leaving the restaurant. An enraged Clark followed Williamson out and a fistfight ensued. When it looked like Williamson had over-powered Clark, Clark took out a knife and stabbed Williamson in the neck.
Edgargo Clark was arrested and indicted for first-degree murder in 2014 but there was a mistrial when the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict. But with the latest development in the case, and Clark’s guilty plea, he has finally been convicted.