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Dorchester man sentenced to life in 2009 murder

A Dorchester man was sentenced today to life in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder in the November 2009 stabbing death of Gregory Phillips, 24, outside a Brighton Avenue convenience store, prosecutors said.

Corey Patterson, 25, got into an argument with a group, including Phillips, after the bar they were in closed in the early morning of Nov. 8, 2009, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said. The argument escalated into a fight around the corner, and Phillips was fatally stabbed.

“This was a case that required close attention to the evidence and the careful application of the law,” District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement. “Jurors heard from many witnesses at a chaotic scene, but they found the unifying facts: that this defendant picked a fight, pulled a knife, and used it to stab Gregory Phillips, who was unarmed and uninvolved in the conflict. This wasn’t sudden combat. This was murder.”

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Witnesses saw Patterson shove Phillips, whose white shirt “became increasingly red with blood,” Assistant District Attorney Gretchen Lundgren said in her opening statement on March 14. Phillips was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he later died.

After the incident, Patterson threw the knife under a car and fled the scene, prosecutors said. He returned to retrieve the knife a short time later, and was arrested by police investigating the homicide.

Patterson was also convicted of three counts of assault and battery on a public employee for kicking and punching the Boston police officers who arrested him. He will serve three two-year terms concurrent with each other and the life sentence for assaulting the officers.

Patterson will have the possibility of parole after serving 15 years of his sentence.


Colin A. Young can be reached at colin.young@globe.com.