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Life Terms with Possible Parole for Two Convicted in Jamaica Plain Murder

The two men convicted of murdering a rival gang member in Jamaica Plain while he shoveled snow in 2015 received life terms with the possibility of parole on Monday.

Scene of fatal shooting at 891 Centre St., Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2105.
Scene of fatal shooting at 891 Centre St., Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015.

On Dec. 1 a Suffolk County jury found Donte Henley, 26, and Josiah Zachery, 20, guilty of second-degree murder of Kenny Lamour, 21, which occurred by the rotary that connects the Arborway and Centre Street. Zachary was also convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon for shooting at, but not hitting, a Boston Police officer who pursued him during a foot chase.

Judge Peter Lauriat sentenced each to life in prison with the possibility of parole after a minimum of 20 years, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley’s office.  Zachery was ordered to serve an additional four to five years in prison, which will be served after he has completed the sentence on his murder conviction.

Lamour and Henley were both part of a snow-shoveling crew organized by a non-profit agency that knew both men were affiliated with rival gangs. Each man had told a crew supervisor that they were okay with working on the crew together.

But phone records showed that Henley plotted to murder Lamour from text messages he exchanged with Zachery. Henley actually told Zachery to come to the work site, to bring a gun, and told him where Lamour would be and what he was wearing.

Around 10:35 am on Feb. 11, 2015, Zachery opened fire on Lamour, hitting him once in the head and continued to fire. Zachery fled on foot, and as a Boston Police officer pursued him, he fired at the officer.

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