Roslindale Man Pleads Guilty to Somerville Murder

A Roslindale man pleaded guilty to murder Thursday in connection with the fatal shooting of Keith McCoy, 28, of Somerville, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public Thursday.

More than two years after Keith McCoy, 28, of Somerville was shot to death at the Mystic Housing Development, his accused murderer pleaded guilty Thursday in Middlesex Superior Court and was sentenced to life in prison.

According to the following statement issued Thursday by Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone:

Marcus Amos, 23, of Roslindale, pled guilty to second degree murder, possession of a firearm without a license, and possession of ammunition. Middlesex Superior Court Judge Diane Kottmyer sentenced the defendant to life in prison on the murder charge, 3 to 5 years in state prison to run concurrent on the possession of a firearm charge, and 2 years in jail to run concurrent for the possession of ammunition charge. He will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

“By pleading guilty today, the defendant has admitted his responsibility for the senseless shooting death of a young man,” District Attorney Leone said. “This is another sad example of young people turning to guns and weapons as their preferred way of settling disputes.”  

According to authorities, on Sept. 1, 2008, at approximately 10:02 p.m., Somerville Police responded to the Mystic Housing Development for reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, police discovered McCoy, who was unresponsive and suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he was later pronounced dead.  

Somerville Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office conducted an investigation into the circumstances of the shooting. Authorities determined that the victim went to an apartment at the housing development to approach an ex-girlfriend.  A surveillance camera on the property depicted the victim, his ex-girlfriend, and the defendant engaged in an at times heated conversation. The video shows the defendant walk away from the victim, remove a gun from the waistband of his pants, and then turn around to shoot the victim who possessed a knife.  

Amos was arrested in Boston on Sept. 2, 2008. He was arraigned later that day in Somerville District Court where Judge Neil Walker ordered him held without bail. He was indicted by a Middlesex County Grand Jury on Oct. 2, 2008 and arraigned on October 23 where Middlesex Superior Court Clerk Michael Sullivan ordered the defendant held without bail.

The prosecutors in this case are Assistant District Attorney Katharine Folger and Assistant District Attorney Deborah Bercovitch. The Victim Witness Advocate is Susan Marshall.



sexy July 06, 2011 at 01:07 PM
I am the mother of Keith McCoy's three beautiful kids. it is so sad to hear that. nobody told me anything! like i wasn't even apart of his family, i was his family for ten years, i took care of him. i had to find out from a friend. his kids and i didn't even know, couldn't even go to the funeral because nobody told me. well, rest in peace Keith that was your choice. I tried to protect you and keep you safe but i guess the streets got a hold of you. I'll always be your wife.
Precious Laughsalot August 08, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Okay. Keith's Babymother is ke****. So if this is you, First off no one knew how to get in contact with you or the girls. My aunt tried to get in contact with you. Maybe if you kept the kids in contact with their other side of the family you would have been made aware. The streets definitley didn't get a hold of him. A young chump with a gun did because he couldn't take keith's presence. I hope the babies are doing well...


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