BOSTON (AP)– A previous high school dean referred to as an anti-violence supporter was convicted Thursday of shooting and nearly killing a student he had recruited to sell cannabis for him.
Shaun Harrison, 58, was found guilty of all charges, including armed assault with intent to murder, by a Suffolk Superior Court jury in its second day of deliberations.
“Shaun Harrison was truly a fraud, he was living a lie, and it was clearly exposed in this case,” District Lawyer Dan Conley stated. “Not only was he not a male of God or a role model for youths, he manipulated them in a way that was extremely offensive.”
Harrison, who had worked as a dean at Boston English High School for five years, recruited 17-year-old Luis Rodriguez to offer marijuana for him at the school and shot him on March 3, 2015, because he believed the student was not producing sufficient sales and keeping loan.
Rodriguez, now 20, testified that he came from a dysfunctional family and trusted Harrison, who students nicknamed “Rev.”
“He was my therapist. I went to him for whatever,” Rodriguez stated during the two-week trial.
On the day of the shooting, the pair set up to meet at a gas station where Harrison was expected to hand over some drugs.
Harrison shot the student in the back of the head and left on foot, prosecutors said. The bullet got in Rodriguez’s head simply under his best ear. It just missed his carotid artery, broke his jawbone and triggered nerve damage and hearing loss.
Rodriguez stated he was conserved by occupants of a passing vehicle, who called 911.
Bruce Carroll, Harrison’s lawyer, asked why Rodriguez did not right away identify his client as the shooter despite the fact that he was mindful and alert.
Rodriguez had told hospital staff he was shot by among his cannabis clients throughout a bungled drug offer, Carroll stated.
“It took me a while to get all my ideas back together after being shot in the head, sir,” Rodriguez stated during cross-examination. “I was in such denial. I understood who did it. Naturally, I understood who did it.”
Sentencing is arranged for Friday.
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