Two convicted for killing teen in Ruggles Street apartment building in 2017

A Suffolk Superior Court jury yesterday convicted Malik Phillips and Robert Silva-Prentice for shooting Yanuel Viloria, 17, to death in the stairwell of 180 Ruggles St. in Roxbury on April 21, 2017, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The jury convicted Phillips, 20, of first-degree murder, which means a mandatory sentence of life without parole. The jury convicted Robert Silva-Prentice, 21, of second-degree murder, which also means a life sentence, but with the possibility of parole after at least 15 years.

According to the DA's office:

During about two weeks of trial, Assistant District Attorney Tara Burdman of the DA’s Homicide Unit and Teresa Anderson of the DA’s Gang Unit introduced evidence and testimony proving that Phillips and Silva-Prentice were among a group that entered 180 Ruggles St. at about 9:00 pm on April 21, 2017. They encountered Viloria, who was sitting on the stairs inside.

Video footage from within the building shows Phillips holding an object believed to be a firearm just before the shooting - which took place outside the camera’s view - and placing it into his clothing afterward as the group flees the building. Viloria was killed by shots from at least two firearms; prosecutors argued at trial that Phillips fired one of them and that Silva-Prentice shared his intent.

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