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Former Boston School Official Pleads Guilty to Racketeering

A former Boston public faculty official who recruited at-risk college students into the Latin Kings gang and had the scholars distribute medication on campus pleaded responsible to racketeering costs on Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts stated.

The former official, Shaun Harrison, 63, faces 218 months, or greater than 18 years, in jail below the plea settlement, which was made in a case that focused dozens of members of the Latin Kings. Mr. Harrison is presently serving a jail sentence for attempting to kill one of many college students, whom he shot behind the top at point-blank vary.

Mr. Harrison was employed to function an educational dean at English High School in Boston in 2015, months earlier than the capturing. He labored with households to assist struggling college students and ran an anger-management program for 10 boys on the faculty, utilizing his position to recruit “a number of the at-risk students” into the gang, prosecutors said.

Mr. Harrison, referred to as “Rev” or “King Rev,” directed the scholars he recruited to promote marijuana and different medication, which he offered, at the highschool, prosecutors stated.

“This former high school dean and self-professed anti-violence advocate was supposed to be looking out for the best interests of his students, when in reality he was living a double life as a Latin King, engaging in violence while recruiting at-risk students to traffic drugs and further the insidious needs of the gang,” Joseph R. Bonavolonta, particular agent accountable for the F.B.I.’s Boston office, said in a statement.

Four of the scholars whom Mr. Harrison recruited have been charged within the federal case towards members and associates of the Latin Kings and have every acquired jail sentences of between 21 months and 32 months. Mr. Harrison is the sixtieth individual to plead responsible within the Latin Kings case, prosecutors stated.

In December 2019, greater than 500 federal, state and native regulation enforcement officers arrested and charged dozens of leaders and members of the Latin Kings within the Northeast on racketeering, drug conspiracy and firearms costs. Two different defendants are nonetheless wished on federal arrest warrants.

A sentencing listening to for Mr. Harrison is scheduled for Nov. 15. His cost below the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, carries a sentence of up to 20 years in jail, three years of supervised launch and a $250,000 advantageous.

A lawyer for Mr. Harrison declined to remark.

Separately, Mr. Harrison was ordered on Friday to pay $10 million in damages to the coed he had recruited to distribute medication and tried to kill, Luis Rodriguez.

In March 2015, Mr. Harrison got here to imagine that Mr. Rodriguez had stolen money from him and that he would possibly inform the police concerning the drug gross sales, prosecutors stated.

That month, Mr. Harrison met with Mr. Rodriguez, then 17, and instructed him he was taking him to meet women and to a celebration, in accordance to a lawsuit Mr. Rodriguez filed in 2019.

While they have been strolling, Mr. Harrison shot Mr. Rodriguez behind the top with a handgun, leaving him bleeding, however Mr. Rodriguez was in a position to flag down a passing car for assist, the lawsuit stated.

Mr. Rodriguez has suffered extreme emotional misery, psychiatric damage, facial scarring, facial paralysis, listening to loss and different accidents from the capturing, the lawsuit stated.

He additionally sued Boston Public Schools, however the choose dismissed claims towards the college district. Mr. Rodriguez’s lawyer has filed an enchantment towards the ruling.

Mr. Harrison was sentenced in June 2018 to up to 26 years in jail on assault and different costs for the capturing. He continued to affiliate with different members of the Latin Kings in jail, together with to attempt to establish who contributed to his conviction, prosecutors stated on Tuesday.

In 2016, whereas awaiting trial for the capturing, Mr. Harrison denied that he lived a double life in an interview with a local television station, WHDH.

“I never, never sold drugs, I never sold guns, never turned kids into gang members,” he instructed the station. “Me? I would not even know how to do that.”

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