Thursday, July 8, 2010

Redirected toward bright future, but shadowed by past

Redirected toward bright future, but shadowed by past
College-bound man faces sentence for ’08 crime

DORCHESTER (The Boston Globe) -- Unlike his three older brothers — all shot, one fatally, in street violence — Alex DoSouto appeared destined to escape the Cape Verdean gang life that has long roiled his Dorchester neighborhood. He repudiated the gun culture, established himself as an all-city schoolboy basketball star, and earned his diploma last month from English High School.

Next stop, college. DoSouto was registered for the fall semester at Potomac State College in West Virginia.

Then the verdict arrived. Early last month, DoSouto was convicted by a Norfolk Superior Court jury of participating in an armed robbery more than 2 1/2 years ago, before he quit the street life. He was 17 at the time.

The conviction came, coincidentally, the same week Boston police included a mug shot of DoSouto on a “shame campaign’’ flier publicizing photos of suspected gang members, even though he had not been charged with a crime since turning his life around in 2009. (...) - Read more at

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