Nysani Watt got life today for murdering a 16-year-old who had nothing to do with his gang beef in 2011.
But because he was still a juvenile on the day of the murder - aged 17 years, 355 days - he could be eligible for parole in 15 years, Judge Christine Roach ruled, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
However, Roach imposed the sentence in a way that could let prosecutors request she up that to life without parole, depending on how the Supreme Judicial Court rules on her request for guidance on how to sentence juveniles in murder cases.
The US Supreme Court ruled last year juveniles could not be sent to prison for the rest of their lives without a hearing. Roach rejected prosecutors' requests for a hearing, pending the Supreme Judicial Court coming out with its interpretation of the Supreme Court ruling for Massachusetts.
Watt's pal, Sheldon Mattis, was 18 at the time of Jaivon Blake's murder, so he got a mandatory sentence of life without parole.