2 Sentenced to Life in Prison in Shooting Death of Woman at Boston Caribbean Festival

Two men charged in the shooting death of an innocent bystander at a 2014 Caribbean street festival in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood have been sentenced to life in prison.

Keith Williams, 21, and Wesson Colas, 25, who were found guilty of first-degree murder on Dec. 28 in the death of Dawnn Jaffier, were sentenced Monday in Suffolk Superior Court. 

Prosecutors said 26-year-old Jaffier, a city youth worker, was shot in the head as a result of an August 2014 confrontation on Blue Hill Avenue.

Prosecutors said Williams fired the shot that killed Jaffier but was aiming for Colas, who they said drew his gun first.

At Monday's sentencing, members of Jaffier's family gave impact statements on her behalf.

Her brother, Ian Jaffier Jr., told the court the defendants changed his life forever when they killed his beloved sister. He also thanked the court for serving justice and recognized the families whose cases aren't solved and who continue to live without closure.

"I hope that this verdict actually rings bells through the city. It was stated earlier... I feel like if one person is watching this story if one person puts their gun down, that's really a win for the whole entire city," Ian Jaffier Jr. said.

Jaffier's father, Ian Jaffier, called Dawnn's shooting death senseless and said his daughter strived to be a positive influence on the community. He said he'll always mourn the milestones they will miss.

"I'll never see my superstar again," said her father.

A second woman standing about three blocks away also suffered a non-fatal gunshot wound.

In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Williams and Colas were also charged with armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

A third man, Jordan Reed, 24, of Randolph, was charged as an accessory after the fact to Jaffier’s murder for allegedly hiding the gun used in the shootings. However, he unexpectedly died while the case was pending and his death is not considered suspicious.

Defense lawyers for Williams and Colas had asked a judge to separate the case because the men are rivals, but they were tried together.

Contact Us