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Military jury convicts Marine in connection with fight that killed Emerson College student, 19

A military jury has convicted a Marine in connection with an Allston fight that claimed the life of 19-year-old Emerson College sophomore Daniel J. Hollis in September 2019, officials said Monday.

In a brief statement, the US Marine Corps confirmed the involuntary manslaughter conviction, and corresponding dishonorable discharge, of Lance Corporal Samuel London. It wasn’t immediately clear who represented London at trial. He will be held in military confinement for 65 months, the statement said.

Relatives, through the Daniel J. Hollis Foundation, which was launched in the wake of Hollis’s death, said the conviction brings some relief.

“Nothing about death is easy and the circumstances around a 19-year old’s senseless passing are even more difficult to manage,” the foundation said in a statement.

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“The conviction and sentencing of the person responsible for his death is of small consequence to the loss we feel every single day; however, London’s conviction and sentence relieves some of the anger and frustration associated with unanswered questions and lack of accountability for the aggressors,” the foundation added.

Hollis was found bleeding and unconscious by Boston police, who responded around 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 28, 2019, to a report of an assault and battery near 15 Park Vale Ave., officials said previously.

He was pronounced dead Oct. 2, 2019 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the cause of death was determined to be blunt force head injuries.

Shortly after Hollis was killed, his mother, Jennifer Kelly, wrote in an online posting that she believed her son had been leaving a party with friends when a scuffle began with another group of college-aged men.

“Words were exchanged, pushing/shoving started, and in the scuffle, we believe Dan was hit and subsequently hit his head on cement/bricks as he fell,” she wrote at the time.

Later, in February 2020, the Hollis family voiced shock and anger when a Suffolk County grand jury declined to issue an indictment charging London in civilian court.

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Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said at the time that her office would “continue to provide all of the resources and support that his loved ones may need as they process and grieve Daniel’s death.”


Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.