Brockton: Richard Boucher Jr. found guilty of 1st degree murder

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Richard Boucher Jr. of Kingston has been found guilty of 1st degree murder in the death of James Tigges.

Boucher has also been found guilty of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and illegal possession of a firearm with ammunition.

A 12-member jury deliberated for about three hours Friday.

Boucher, who’s now 21-years-old, went to a North Plymouth party in May of 2010 with a loaded gun and showed it off to people at the party. James Tigges and Jackson Duncan were at the party and Duncan testified in court that the gun made him feel uncomfortable because he didn’t know Boucher and had never been around someone who had a gun.

Further testimony revealed that as Tigges and Duncan were leaving, Boucher snatched a beer bottle out of Duncan’s back pocket. Duncan’s cousin quickly grabbed it out of Boucher’s hand and gave it back to Duncan. The two men continued walking outside but the Kingston man followed and started asking if they were tough guys.

Boucher then fired nine rounds, five of which hit Tigges and Duncan. Tigges was killed but Duncan survived and is now permanently paralyzed.

Boucher will be sentenced Wednesday in Brockton Superior Court.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.