Derrick Bullock, 42, was sentenced to 12 years in prison today after admitting he plunged a knife into Curtis Cox's neck during a fight on Blue Hill Avenue on July 31, 2012, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Prosecutors had originally charged Bullock with second-degree murder, but agreed to reduce the charge "in light of the circumstances of the fatal altercation and the wishes of Cox’s family members," the DA's office says.
According to the DA's office, Bullock and his older nephew got into a fight outside a Mattapan Square liquor store:
After Cox walked away from the fight, evidence would have shown, Bullock allegedly pulled a knife and followed him. The men then engaged in a physical struggle, during which Bullock stabbed Cox in the neck.
After the assault, Cox made his way into an adjacent pizza shop for help. Bullock left the area but later returned to the scene. Responding Boston Police arrested him at a nearby Sovereign Bank after speaking with multiple witnesses. A knife was found on the ground in the path of Bullock’s initial flight, while a matching sheath was found by police in Bullock’s pocket.