Man found guilty in shelter stabbing

A man was convicted by a Suffolk Superior Court jury on Friday in the stabbing of another man at a Boston homeless shelter in 2009, Suffolk prosecutors said.

Gary Black, 33, was found guilty of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the stabbing of a 42-year-old homeless man at the St. Francis House in Chinatown, according to the office of District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

On the afternoon of May 28, 2009, Black entered the shelter’s recreation room and stabbed the victim five times in the leg, chest, back, and face with a kitchen knife, prosecutors said.


The two were pulled apart by a security guard and a Boston police officer on paid detail.

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The victim was taken to Tufts Medical Center, where he was initially not expected to survive, Conley’s office said. He also had no recollection of the incident, nor could he identify his assailant when he testified at the trial, according to the district attorney. The victim eventually recovered.

Jurors were presented no evidence of Black’s motive in the attack, but Black had told Boston police that the victim had sold him counterfeit drugs. Black made the same claim in a letter to a detective, but that letter and statement were suppressed after a pre-trail hearing, prosecutors said.

Black faces up to 20 years in prison and will be sentenced Tuesday by Judge Linda Giles, Conley’s office said.

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