Former Principal Recruited Kids Into Gang; Shot One In The Head

Harrison plead guilty to RICO charges.

BOSTON, MA - MAY 30: Shaun O. Harrison listens as attorneys give closing arguments at his jury trial in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston on May 30, 2018. The former Boston Public Schools employee is charged with shooting a 17-year-old student in the head three years ago. Prosecutors allege that Harrison, 58, a self-styled preacher and antiviolence activist, recruited the student to sell marijuana for him, then shot him out of fear that their arrangement would be revealed. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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Former Boston high school dean Shaun Harrison, 63, has pleaded guilty to two RICO charges brought by the U.S. District Attorney for Massachusetts.

He pleaded guilty to ‘conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity’, RICO.

The charges, brought on Tuesday, relate to the double life once led by the dean. 

In something that sounds more like a movie plot than real life, the seemingly upstanding academic was leading a double life as a teacher and a member of the Latin Kings gang.

Known in school as ‘rev’, Harrison has already been convicted of assault and shooting a student in the back of the head. He is currently serving 26 years in prison.

Harrison was once an employee at The English High School in Boston. 

He apparently boasted of his gang affiliation and boasted of the money, guns and glamor that came with it.

He also apparently recruited students into the gang.

This was alongside is position as an academic and self-proclaimed anti-violence activist.

Harrison is already serving a sentence for the shooting and is now looking at extra time thanks to the guilty plea.

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The charge

The RICO charge stems from the accusation that Harrison was working with other gang members while in prison to attempt to identify a police informant playing a part in “Operation Throne Down.”

He pleaded guilty to two charges and will be sentenced shortly. 

The prosecution is apparently calling for 18 years to be added to his sentence.

The jail term

Harrison is currently serving time for shooting former student Luis Rodriguez in the back of the head.

Harrison had recruited Rodriguez into The Latin Kings and was using him to sell drugs. After a dispute about declining sales and fears of him becoming an informant, Harrison apparently pulled a .380 pistol and shot Rodriguez in the back of the head and left him for dead.

But he didn’t die.

He somehow managed to seek help and lived; named his attempted killer, which resulted in Harrison being charged and convicted of the crime.

Harrison was sentenced to 26 years and told to pay $10 million. $7.5 million for the “physical pain and suffering and emotional distress,” $80,875 for medical bills and $2.5 million in punitive damages.

It’s unknown whether Rodriguez has ever received any of this money.

The Latin Kings

The Latin Kings, or more fully, Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation, are a criminal gang with thousands of members across the country. They have been linked with everything from money laundering to murder and present a genuine danger to the public.

The gang was founded in 1954 by Puerto Ricans in Chicago and has grown ever since. 

They are now regarded as one of the most violent gangs in the United States and there seems to be no limits on what they are willing to do.

Harrison was a member of the gang and actively recruited his students to perform basic roles.

The recruits would be used to sell marijuana and other drugs that he would provide them from the school.

Harrison will be sentenced soon and faces up to 18 extra years for the two RICO charges.

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