Man Charged in 2018 Deadly Shooting of Dorchester Gas Station Clerk

A man has been arrested and charged with murder in a 2018 shooting in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.

Gas station clerk Jose Phinn Williams was gunned down on Oct. 6, two days before his 68th birthday, during an attempted robbery. Monday, police announced the arrest of 26-year-old Gregory Simmons of Dorchester.

Boston Police said they arrested Simmons with the help of the FBI and Canton Police. He is charged with murder, attempted armed robbery while masked and unlawful possession of a firearm. He was also wanted on armed robbery charges, with multiple warrants out of Stoughton District Court, police said.

Friends and family said Williams, a native of Honduras, came to the U.S. to escape violence decades before he tragically became a victim of it.

"My brother was a hard worker," Rose Phinn-Westby said at a vigil for Williams. "He'd been here since 1970 and he has seven children."

A different man had initially been arrested and charged with Williams' murder, but prosecutors dropped the charges against him in November. After being freed, that man said he was happy that authorities "freed an innocent gentleman."

It was not immediately clear if Simmons had an attorney, and police did not say when he would appear in court.

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