Boston Police report arresting Dijuan Jackson, 46, of Dorchester, Saturday night after he allegedly threatened two men with a gun on Lewiston Street at Ellard Road, near Ross Playground in Hyde Park.
Police say they were able to find Jackson - and the gun he ditched a few doors down - not long after.
Among other charges, Jackson now faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, fifth offense, assault by means of a dangerous weapon and being a Level 3 armed-career criminal, which could mean a long sentence if convicted on the other counts.
Court records show Jackson has a record dating to his teens, including manslaughter at age 14.
His arrest on Lewiston Street around 9 p.m. represents something of a homecoming for Jackson, who grew up in the Wood Avenue area.
In 1999, then 24, Jackson was charged with fatally shooting a childhood friend, Shaun Tilghman, in the chest, on Greenfield Road in Mattapan, after Tilghman had bought some cigarettes at a nearby liquor store.
In 2001, a Suffolk Superior Court jury found Jackson not guilty on the murder charge, but convicted him on charges of illegal gun possession and of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - not for killing Tilghman, but for smashing somebody else in the face with a gun, knocking out five of his teeth and chipping four more, in the moments after Tilghman's murder.
Jackson was sentenced to roughly 15 years - the maximum allowed under state law and more than the prosecution asked for. The judge in his case said:
This gentleman, in my view, is an extremely dangerous man. You say that I've seen many more dangerous. Perhaps. I don't really keep track, but this man ranks right up there in terms of his record. He is a persistent violent offender, a deadly offender from the age of fourteen, numerous convictions of serious violence, starting with a manslaughter at age fourteen, numerous weapons convictions.
In this case, he treated the victim with particular cruelty. There is no reason to believe that O'Bannon [the man he beat in the face], whatever his record happened to have been, was anything but an innocent bystander in this. He knocked five front teeth out with a pistol. There is no explanation, no indication of any remorse, no context. He just knocked his teeth out. That, in my opinion, is treatment of a person with particular cruelty and warrants, in my opinion, a departure from the guidelines. This gentleman deserves to be incarcerated for as long a period of time as I can possibly commit him to. In my view, the government recommendation is lenient. This gentleman deserves the most severe penalty for what he did.
Jackson appealed his verdict and sentence all the way to the US Supreme Court, but he lost all of his appeals.