Thursday, 4:30 PM
Man gets life sentence in double shooting
By LeMont A. Calloway, Globe correspondent
A 24-year-old Dorchester man was sentenced to life in prison today in Suffolk Superior Court for the 2004 murder of a 19-year-old Roxbury man.
Rakeem Young was convicted June 30 of second-degree murder in the June 20, 2004 shooting of Cassim Weaver on Shabazz Way, said Jake M. Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney's office.
Wark said Young was given the mandatory sentence for second-degree murder and has a possibility of parole after 15 years. But he won't start serving the life sentence until he serves a 15- to 18-year sentence for armed assault with the intent to murder a passenger riding in Weaver's car. Wark said the passenger suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his left arm, but recovered from the injuries.
The shooting was an apparent retaliation to an earlier physical altercation on the previous evening between the men and Young, Wark said.
"Rather than approaching the police, [Young] went and got a gun," Wark said.