John Graham, 19, was sentenced today to five to six years in state prison for a double shooting three weeks after an Irish immigrant was shot to death on his way home in Dorchester, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Prosecutors had sought six to ten years for the non-fatal 2011 shootings. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Linda Giles imposed the lower sentence after noting that Graham, then 16, had “essentially no record at all” and was living in a “toxic environment” away from responsible adults.
In March, a Suffolk Superior Court jury acquitted Graham of murder for the death of Ciaran Conneely on Nahant Avenue, but found him guilty of shooting two men on Monsignor Lydon Way:
Evidence and testimony presented during the trial proved that Graham, armed with a firearm, approached the then 18- and 20-year-old victims on Monsignor Lydon Way and demanded cash. When the men refused to comply and even mocked him, Graham shot them and fled without taking their money. One victim was struck from behind by four bullets; the second victim was shot once in the arm.