A Suffolk Superior Court judge yesterday sentenced Rogelio Alvarado, 23, for shooting two men on an inbound Blue Line train on Jan. 19, 2016, one of whom had nothing to do with his beef with a rival gang, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Alvarado, an MS-13 member, boarded the Blue Line at Airport and spotted an alleged member of the rival 18th Street Gang. As the train approached Maverick, Alvarado opened fire, striking his intended victim twice in the chest and sending a bullet across the forehead of a passenger who had nothing to do with the feud and who had huddled with other passengers at one end of the car. Note: Past accounts had said the gunfire was on the platform; it was on the train, the DA's office reports.
Prosecutors had asked for 8 1/2 to 10 1/2 years in prison following Alvarado's conviction last week on two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and two gun charges.
After the shooting, Alvarado fled to Long Island, where he was eventually arrested for driving on the wrong side of the road and then returned to Boston.
Alvarado was not among the 61 MS-13 members indicted in federal court in 2016 on various charges related to the murders, drug dealing and gun running. In an affidavit related to that case, an FBI agent involved in the investigation said it is common for MS-13 members facing charges in one area to run to another, where members will provide them housing and support.