Four men were convicted today for the murder of a 16-year-old who was set upon on a Dorchester street and beaten and stabbed in retaliation for slashing another teen with a razor in 2007, according to Suffolk County prosecutors.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury today found all four guilty of second degree murder for the death of Terrance Jacobs. The four – Paul Goode, 27, Pedro Ortiz, 30, Terreance Pabon, 20, and Markeese Mitchell, 19 – are scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday.
According to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office, the four men were friends of a 14-year-old boy whom Jacobs had slashed in the face with a razor in January 2007.
As prosecutors were building a case against Jacobs for the slashing, he was told by a friend that he could end tensions by being part of a one-on-one "beat down.''
On May 22, 2007, Jacobs went to the intersection of Blue Hill Avenue and Wilcock Street where he was attacked by the group, knocked to the ground and was being kicked, prosecutors said.
A friend of Jacobs fired a gun, which briefly drove the teen's attackers off, but as he tried to escape, he was run down, beaten and stabbed. He was stabbed 20 times, prosecutors said.
“This was a just verdict and one supported by the facts, the evidence, and the law,” Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement. “For three years they’ve waited for justice, and today it was delivered by a jury of 12 members of the community. It took herculean efforts on the street, in the grand jury, and before the jury, but those efforts paid off.”
The four face the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after serving 15 years.
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