A man whose second-degree murder conviction last week would have sent him away for life at a state prison will now spend just two and a half years in a county jail, a Suffolk Superior Court judge decided today.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office said it would appeal Judge Janet Sanders decision to vacate the jury's murder conviction of Abdullah Yasin for the death of Chaz Burton at a Mattapan party in 2016.
Sanders left in place the jury's verdict of guilty on a charge of assault and battery for stomping Burton's head, along with a similar verdict for Fabian Llano, whom she also sentenced to two and a half years in jail. Both men were originally charged with first-degree murder.
Prosecutors charge the two men and Burton were at a River Street party when an argument turned violent and several men began beating Burton before somebody shot him. Yasin and Llano were charged with stomping Burton's head as he lay dying.
Another man, Benjamin Tate, 25, faces trial for first-degree murder in the case. Five other people also face trial, later this year, on lesser charges. A sixth person had previously pleaded guilty.