Judge orders former England dean with Latin Kings ties to pay student he shot $10m

Sorkin awarded Rodriguez $7.5 million for pain and suffering and emotional distress, as well as $2.5 million in punitive damages, according to Sorkin’s default judgment order.

Boston Public Schools had previously been dismissed from the civil lawsuit filed by Rodriguez.

Harrison, a self-described preacher and anti-violence activist whom students referred to as “Rev,” was hired at Jamaica Plain School to be the dean of academics and was responsible for maintaining order in the hallways and cafeteria, mentor struggling students and teach anger management. , according to Harrison’s trial testimony in May 2018.

But Harrison led a dual life, investigators found. Police said Harrison’s flat on Pompeii Street in Roxbury was a hideout for guns and drugs, and a gathering place for young men with checkered pasts, some of whom, like Harrison, had tattoos. of gangs.

A large lion painted on a wall inside the apartment wore a five-pointed crown – a nod to Latin kings, according to law enforcement officials.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury found Harrison guilty of the shooting and weapons charges in May 2018. Harrison was sentenced to up to 26 years in prison. But court documents show the sentence was reduced in April to 20 years.

Rodriguez’s testimony at trial helped secure Harrison’s convictions “but also resulted in his constant fear of retaliation from the Latin Kings,” Sorkin wrote in his order.

What started as a counseling relationship between Harrison and Rodriguez turned into a transactional relationship when Harrison offered the student to gift ounces of “grass” for $200 each so he could earn money. silver, by order of Sorkin.

“Over time, Harrison accused Rodriguez of stealing it, and Rodriguez complained that the deal was unfairly lopsided,” Sorkin wrote.

Around the same time, Rodriguez told Harrison that he was a member of the East Coast Latin Kings gang and kept a gun in his apartment. Rodriguez has expressed a desire not to associate with gangs or guns, the order said.

Harrison invited Rodriguez to his house to meet some girls, but they first met at a Sunoco gas station on Massachusetts Avenue. That’s where Harrison shot Rodriguez in the back of the head at close range, Sorkin wrote.

The bullet missed Rodriguez’s brain stem and carotid artery by 2 centimeters but shattered his jaw, the order said.

Half of Rodriguez’s face remains paralyzed, he has hearing loss and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the order and Rodriguez’s attorney.

Rodriguez also battled a narcotic addiction that developed while being prescribed painkillers during his physical recovery, according to court documents.

“He is recovering from an opiate addiction,” Rodriguez’s attorney, John T. Martin, said in a phone interview Friday. “He is very involved in his community and his family and does therapeutic things. He strives and thrives and works his way to finding a job.

With Harrison imprisoned, it’s highly unlikely that Rodriguez will ever get his money back.

“We are looking at every possible way to garner judgment and ensure that Mr. Harrison can never profit from selling this story to any type of media outlet,” Martin said.

Rodriguez is appealing Boston Public Schools’ dismissal of the lawsuit.

“I think it’s very disappointing that the Boston Public Schools have refused to hold Angel accountable for their role in their failure to protect him from Shaun Harrison,” Martin said.

A school spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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