BOSTON — Two Boston men convicted of killing a 16-year-old boy to send a message to a rival gang have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A judge on Monday sent Sheldon Mattis and Nyasani Watt, both 20, to prison for the September 2011 fatal shooting of Jaivon Blake and for injuring a 14-year-old boy in the same shooting.
Prosecutors say the victims were innocents, targeted because they lived in the same neighborhood as a rival gang.
Prosecutors say Watt approached the victims on a bike and fired six shots. One bullet went through Blake's spinal cord.
Mattis helped Watt conceal the gun.
Blake's mother wrote in a victim impact statement that her son would be "forever missed."