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‘Architect of ruin’: High school dean who shot student he recruited to deal drugs sentenced to more than 18 years for extortion

A former high school dean convicted of shooting a student he recruited to deal drugs has been sentenced to serve 18 years in prison on racketeering charges, Fox News Digital reported.

Shaun Harrison, a preacher who goes by the name “Rev,” was sentenced to 218 months in prison after pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy in 2022.

“Harrison was the architect of ruin for an entire generation of promising young lives, exclusively targeting vulnerable and at-risk youth,” U.S. Attorney Rachael S. Rollins said in a statement Thursday.

“The level of betrayal and dishonesty on display here is staggering. Harrison was in a position of trust, but in reality he was a dangerous predator. As the academic dean of a public high school in Boston, he lured and manipulated teenagers into a criminal enterprise specializing in street terrorism,” Rollins said.

While in prison for attempting to murder a student he had recruited to sell marijuana, Harrison continued to associate with the Latin Kings, a violent criminal enterprise with thousands of members. The gang supported Harrison while he was incarcerated, refused to implicate others, and put money into his prison accounts.

Boston Public Schools hired Harrison in 2015 as academic dean at English High School, a role that involved working with at-risk students. Officials say he used his position to recruit the same at-risk students to the gang. Harrison had the students distribute the drugs he provided, and Harrison collected the proceeds.

When Harrison thought one of the students dealing drugs for him had stolen money from him and might inform the police, Harrison shot him in the back of the head. The shooting was caught on camera.

The student survived, but still lives with partial facial paralysis, neuropathy in the neck and face, permanent hearing loss and other significant injuries.

“Shaun Harrison led a double life: using his position as high school dean to engage in violence and recruit at-risk youth into a violent criminal enterprise. Today’s sentence ensures he will remain in prison and off the streets of our city for a significant period of time,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division.

“The convergence of gangs, guns and drugs is a serious threat to our communities, one that the FBI and our law enforcement partners work every day to address.”

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