The father of the 8-year-old boy shot to death by a cousin while playing with a gun in 2007 has been convicted on gun possession charges, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office.
Liquarry C. Jefferson was the passenger in a car that pursued by Boston police through Dorchester in 2009. Police recovered a handgun tossed out the window during the chase and charged Jefferson and the driver, Leslie Burton-Brown, with unlawful possession of a firearm.
Jefferson's son and namesake, Liquarry Jefferson, was shot to death by his 7-year-old cousin with a handgun the boys found stashed in a bedroom of her Dorchester apartment.
The boy's mother, Lakeisha Gadson, was acquitted earlier this month of involuntary manslaughter, charges that Suffolk prosecutors brought because they considered her responsible for making sure no illegal firearms were let inside her home.
Earlier this week, a Suffolk County Gun Court jury convicted both men. Boston police had literally pieced together the handgun, which had been shattered when it was thrown from the car, according to Conley's office. Prosecutors also showed that the circumstantial evidence showed the gun was tossed out the passenger side the vehicle when it slowed on Mellville Avenue during the chase, prosecutors said.
Jefferson and Burton-Brown were both sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for possessing the firearm, followed by an additional 2.5 years for carrying it loaded, according to Conley's office. Jefferson has previously been convicted of manslaughter.
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