Man convicted in teen’s murder

JACKSON SQ.—A Dorchester man was convicted of murder last month for gunning down a Bromley-Heath housing development teenager in 2008.

Elbert Newson, 23, was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for killing 17-year-old Thomas Webb.

Another man charged in the case, Michael Gaines of Roxbury, was convicted last year of unlawful gun possession in the incident. Gaines originally faced a murder charge as well, but prosecutors decided not to pursue that charge due to lack of evidence at the time, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Webb was gunned down in front of his Parker Street home on Sept. 15, 2008, while he petted a dog. Boston Police officers who happened to be nearby heard the shots and chased Newson and Gaines as they fled the scene in a car. The two men leaped from the car as it rolled down Academy Road in Roxbury and were caught by police.

Newson’s motive for the murder was not identified at trial, according to the DA’s Office. Newson, whose name was incorrectly given as “Newsom” in some early police reports about the case, was also convicted of unlawful gun possession.

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