Among the more than 60 members of the Latin Kings indicted Thursday on federal racketeering, drug, and firearms charges, one name may have stood out to Boston residents.
Shaun O. Harrison, also known as “Rev.”
Harrison is a former dean at English High School convicted in Suffolk Superior Court last year in the 2015 shooting of a 17-year-old student he enlisted to sell drugs.
Prosecutors said Harrison shot Luis Rodriguez because he feared officials would learn the student was selling marijuana at the Jamaica Plain school. Harrison also believed Rodriguez was withholding money and not generating enough sales, prosecutors said at his trial.
Harrison was hired to be English High’s dean of academies and was responsible for keeping order in hallways and the cafeteria, mentoring troubled students, and teaching anger management, according to court testimony.
The Boston resident is serving a sentence of 23 to 26 years in state prison for attempted murder, assault and battery, a drug charge, and several gun offenses in a case that stunned Boston officials.
Prior to his arrest, Harrison, whose nickname was posted on the door to his office at the school, presented himself as a “man of God,” and was seen as an antiviolence advocate in his community.
Police found evidence of Harrison’s gang ties, including an identifying tattoo and a Latin Kings logo on the wall of his apartment, but a Superior Court judge would not allow jurors to be shown the evidence.
Court papers released Thursday as part of the federal case shed new light on Harrison’s membership in the violent international street gang. Prosecutors allege Harrison made telephone calls from prison to other gang members to identify a confidential informant involved in his conviction.
“I was going through my [expletive],” Harrison said, according to a partial transcript included in court papers. “There was a CI on my case.”
He then discussed how he planned to use paperwork from his trial to identify the informant.
“I wrote my appeals attorney and requested the affidavit of what the CI said that led to my investigation and arrest in this alleged crime,” Harrison said.
He later said he would send the person’s name in a letter, apparently fearful he was being recorded.
“I’m going to write. I’m not going to on the phone, but I’m going to write,” Harrison said, according to the transcript. “I’ll let you know his name but I don’t want to say anything on the phone.”
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