A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Shaun Harrison of assault with the intent to murder and nine other charges for shooting a 17-year-old in the head after the teen stopped selling marijuana for him in 2015, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Harrison faces sentencing tomorrow morning, according to the DA's office. The charge of armed assault with intent to murder carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence.
Harrison had been dean of students at English High School but was fired for pushing another student not long before he shot the teen on Magazine Street in Roxbury. Prosecutors alleged Harrison arranged to have the teen beaten up before he shot him in a murder attempt.
According to the DA's office:
During the course of the week-long trial, Assistant District Attorneys David Bradley and Kevin McCarthy introduced evidence and testimony to prove that Harrison was employed as Dean of Academies at English High School from January through March of 2015 and used his position of trust to ingratiate himself to an at-risk 17-year-old student he was assigned to work with. Rather than help the young man, the evidence proved that Harrison instead enlisted the victim to sell marijuana for him.
Displeased with the victim’s sales, Harrison first arranged for the victim to be assaulted at school on March 3, 2015, then texted him to meet near Harrison’s Pompeii Street apartment that evening, cell phone records proved. Surveillance cameras captured footage of the two walking together on Magazine Street when Harrison fell behind the victim and raised a gun, firing one shot into the back of the victim’s head that traveled to his cheek. The victim collapsed and Harrison fled.
The victim was able to stand and flag down help. He was transported to Boston Medical Center, where he identified Harrison - using the self-styled reverend’s nickname "Rev" - as the person who shot him.
Harrison had long had an interest in guns - as well as a belief it was unfair for him not to be able to lead prayers in local public schools.