SUSPECTS ANTWAN CARTER AND DANIEL PINCKNEY SENTENCED TO LIFE
On Wednesday, December 1, 2010, after three trials in as many years, the leader of a deadly Boston street gang and his gun-toting triggerman were convicted in the 2007 murder of 18 year-old Cedirick Steele.
Today, a Suffolk Superior Court jury found Antwan “Twizz” Carter, 22, of Boston and Daniel “Trap” Pinckney, 22, of Boston guilty of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in the shooting death of Cedirick Steele. The verdict followed two weeks of testimony and a day and a half of deliberations.
“People asked us why we would try this case a third time,” said District Attorney Dan Conley. “The answer is that we would have tried this case as many times as necessary. We will not stop. We will not relent. We will not rest until justice has been done. Was it worth it? Yes. At long last, we were able to speak loud and clear on behalf of an innocent young man whose only crime was to stand across the street from a middle school in the City of Boston. At long last, we were able to speak for the family from whom he was stolen. And at long last, two deadly gang members are off the streets for good.”
Said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, “After seeing the arrest and successful prosecution of the suspects in this case, it is our sincere hope that, in some small way, the friends, family and loved ones of Cedirick Steele can and will take away a level of solace and comfort from today’s guilty verdicts. Today’s convictions should send a loud and clear message to those who would do harm to others in our community. If you hurt or harm someone, we will catch you, convict you and send you away.”
Conley and Davis hailed the officers, detectives, prosecutors, victim advocates, paralegals and civilian investigators who put hundreds of hours into the case.