Cam­bridge man sen­tenced in Jan­uary mur­der

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

CAM­BRIDGE — Bruce La­mont Jack­son, 25, of Cam­bridge, was sen­tenced Fri­day, Nov. 18, in the Jan­uary mur­der of Wil­lie Green Johnson.

Jack­son en­tered a guilty plea and was sen­tenced to life in prison with all but 50 years sus­pended for the charge of first-de­gree mur­der, and an ad­di­tional 20 con­sec­u­tive years, all sus­pended, for the charge of us­ing a firearm in the com­mis­sion of a vi­o­lent crime.

His sen­tence also in­cluded drug and al­co­hol treat­ment, and five years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion.

The plea agree­ment was reached to en­sure con­tin­ued co­op­er­a­tion by Jack­son with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion still on­go­ing. There was no ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion im­me­di­ately avail­able.

Cam­bridge Po­lice Chief Daniel Dvo­rak said po­lice re­sponded to the 400-block of Wil­lis Street at 9:13 p.m. Thurs­day, Jan. 14, for a re­ported shooting. He said of­fi­cers found Johnson, 55, in his car with a gun­shot wound to the face.

Dvo­rak said of­fi­cers per- formed CPR on Johnson un­til Dorch­ester EMS ar­rived to take Johnson to the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Cam­bridge. He said Johnson was pro­nounced dead at the hos­pi­tal.

Ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments, Jack­son, while be­ing in­ter­ro­gated by po­lice, said he called Johnson’s cab for a ride with the in­tent of rob­bing the cab driver. Po­lice said Jack­son got in the back seat of the cab with Johnson, then pointed a hand­gun at Johnson and de­manded money.

Po­lice said Johnson tried to re­sist Jack­son’s de­mand and a strug­gle en­sued. Po­lice said dur­ing the strug­gle, a shot went off and hit Johnson in the head.

Ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments, Jack­son checked Johnson’s pock­ets for money, but found no money and fled the scene with an­other man who also was in the cab.

Ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments, Johnson’s cab re­ceived a phone call re­quest­ing a taxi at about 9 p.m. Po­lice said of­fi­cers traced the phone num­ber to the 500-block of Green­wood Ave. and ex­e­cuted a search war­rant in an apart­ment at 5:17 a.m. Fri­day, Jan. 15.

Po­lice said dur­ing the search, of­fi­cers re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that Jack­son, liv­ing at 518 Green­wood Ave., Apt. 301, used a cell­phone to call for the cab. Po­lice said of­fi­cers ex­e­cuted a sec­ond search war­rant at Jack­son’s apart­ment at 8 a.m. Fri­day, Jan. 15 and found Jack­son inside.

Ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments, po­lice lo­cated a small hand­gun con­sis­tent with the one used to shoot Johnson. Po­lice said of­fi­cers also se­cured video of a man leav­ing the apart­ment and dis­card­ing a plas­tic bag in a dump­ster on the premises.

Po­lice said the bag was re­cov­ered and in­ves­ti­ga­tors found a pair of boots, blue jeans and a shirt, all splat­tered by blood. Po­lice said the ev­i­dence was turned over to Mary­land State Po­lice Crime Lab, and the gun was sent for bal­lis­tics test­ing.

“This is a sense­less crime and a tragedy for the fam­ily,” Dvo­rak said. “(Wil­lie) was a vis­i­ble and ac­tive mem­ber of this com­mu­nity and he will be missed.

A me­mo­rial was held Monday, Jan. 18 to com­mem­o­rate the life of Johnson, or­ga­nized by the Dorch­ester Faith Al­liance and the Cam­bridge Po­lice De­part­ment.

Many peo­ple from the com­mu­nity gath­ered at the Amer­i­can Le­gion Park in 20 de­gree weather to honor Johnson’s mem­ory and of­fer con­do­lences and sup­port to his fam­ily.

BRUCE LA­MONT JACK­SON

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