Boston Man Charged with Assault to Murder in Dorchester Shooting


September 1, 2010
By Lefteris K. Travayiakis, Esq. on September 1, 2010 5:22 PM |

Kamal Oliver, 27, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, was arrested for allegedly shooting a man at 9:30 p.m. this past Monday on Lyndhurst Street in Dorchester.

The victim, Edward Toney, was reported to be in stable condition after having been treated for multiple gunshot wounds at Boston Medical Center. Oliver allegedly shot Toney as a result of an argument over a woman.

Oliver was arraigned yesterday morning in the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court on charges including Armed Assault to Murder, Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Carrying a Loaded Firearm. After his arraignment, Oliver was held on $200,000 cash bail.

Armed Assault to Murder:
In Massachusetts, the crime of Armed Assault to Murder is defined as the unlawful assault against another person with a dangerous weapon, committed with the specific intent to cause the death of the person assaulted.

Gun Crimes in Massachusetts are extremely strict, and most gun or firearms related crimes impose minimum-mandatory jail or prison sentences:

The crime of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, for example, carries a minimum-mandatory sentence of 18 months, with a maximum sentence of up to 5 years in state prison.

Additionally, the crime of Possession of a Loaded Firearm carries an additional penalty of up to 2.5 years in jail, but this sentence runs 'from and after' the imposition of the sentence for the underlying gun possession charge. This means, that in a worse case scenario, someone could be sentence to 5 years for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and then another 2.5 years for Possession of a Loaded Firearm and end up being sentenced to a total of 7.5 years!

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has extensive experience in defending persons against Gun Crimes Charges, and is available 24/7 to explain your legal rights and assist you in defending your criminal charges.

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