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  • Writer's pictureRobin Lyons

Double Life

The school hired him to be the Dean of Academics. In less than one month, the local authorities arrested him. They charged him with attempted murder, cocaine trafficking and marijuana distribution.

His job experience included mediation between teachers and students, communication with families when students struggled, and anger management. Known as an anti-violence advocate, community organizer, and youth minister, he helped teens work out their problems. In reality, he was nothing more than a street thug grooming and then recruiting at-risk, vulnerable students into his gang to sell drugs.

The Police Commissioner at the time said,

“He was an advocate for anti-violence. Why would he be on our radar?”

When the dean sensed a student no longer wanted to sell drugs for him, he met the student at a gas station and shot him in the back of the head. A security camera recorded the crime. Unfortunately for the former dean, the student survived and identified him as the shooter.

After a two-week trial, a jury found the 58-year-old ex-dean guilty of armed assault with intent to murder. A judge sentenced him to 26 years in prison. At the sentencing, the judge said,

“You professed to be a man of religion, you promote yourself as one who can mentor troubled youth … and yet you violated their safety by bringing drugs and violence to them.”

A few years later, during a sweeping, nation-wide arrest of gang leaders, although he was serving time, the task force charged the ex-dean with racketeering conspiracy. He plead guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity. A judge sentenced him to eighteen years in prison with a reduction of eight years for time served on the previous crime. If he were to be released from prison, both sentences included years of supervised release. #attemptedmurder #doublelife

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Law & Crime,, wbur

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