Damien Bynoe, 44, yesterday pleaded guilty to federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, which means he will serve at least 15 years in federal prison but could get up to life because of a record that includes past drug and gun convictions - as well as a juvenile sentence for shooting and killing another teen and an 11-year old, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.
Bynoe's five-year commitment to a juvenile facility following the 1991 murders of the teen and the 11-year-old - when he was a 15-year-old member of a Roxbury gang, sparked an outrage that led to the Massachusetts legislature allowing juveniles to be tried as adults in murder cases.
Bynoe is scheduled for sentencing on the most recent conviction on April 29. The judge in the case will use federal sentencing guidelines to assign weights to his previous convictions, which include a 2007 conviction for assault with a firearm and; a 2001 conviction for distribution of cocaine in a school zone, for which he served five years in prison, as well as his juvenile sentence.
Bynoe has been in custody since his arrest on Jan. 19, 2019, for the heroin and cocaine found both on him and in his Roxbury apartment and for the loaded gun and additional ammunition found in his apartment, the US Attorney's office says. He was on "supervised release," similar to parole, for the 2001 conviction.