Two brothers from Mattapan were charged with Massachusetts Murder Crimes Charges last week in connection with the stabbing of 15 year old Lance Hartgrove in Roxbury on July 10, 2012.
The two brothers were arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court and each are charged with Manslaughter and Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.
According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, a fight broke out outside the Social Security Administration building in Roxbury. The victim, Lance Hartgrove, armed with a kitchen knife, reportedly went to the building after being called there by a friend. After throwing a glass bottle at a window, Hartgrove went into the building with two others and began fighting with one of the defendants, which eventually spilled outside.
Prosecutors reported that one of the defendants was at the social security office with his mother, and when the fight broke out, the mother called her other son to assist. Ultimately, the victim was stabbed in the chest, and a friend of his was stabbed in the back.
Following their arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court, both defendant brothers were each held on $500,000 bail.
In Massachusetts, Manslaughter is defined as an intentional unlawful killing that occurred with mitigating circumstances. Mitigating circumstances lessen a defendant’s culpability for the act, and some examples of mitigating circumstances are excessive force in self-defense; heat of passion upon reasonable provocation; or heat of passion by sudden combat.
The crime of Manslaughter in Massachusetts is punishable by imprisonment for up to 20 years.
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