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Published On: Sat, Jan 26th, 2013

MY BRUSH WITH BOUCHER: KINGSTON’S CONVICTED MURDERER

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In the summer of 2009, I was looking for a job. On summer break from college, I was back in Kingston and without an income.

Desperate times called for desperate measures, so I responded to a position as a delivery driver at a newly opened pizza shop in North Plymouth.

Michael’s, now a late-night tavern, had only been open for a few months by the time I was hired in late May, and I got the job after pestering them enough.

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Michael’s, at the corner of Forest Ave and Court Street in North Plymouth.

Business was slow during the first summer Michael’s was open, and alcohol wasn’t served. Most of the customers during the day would be neighborhood kids, coming in for a quick snack or a soda.

Prices at Michael’s were, and probably still are, unbeatable. Kids could come in with five bucks in their pocket and get a slice of pizza, a side of fries and a soda.

One of those kids turned out to be Richard M. Boucher Jr., a now 21-year old man from Kingston who, yesterday, was convicted of murder “by extreme cruelty or atrocity” and attempted murder after emptying his .40-caliber pistol into two men, James Tigges and Jackson Duncan, after a verbal confrontation at a North Plymouth party.

Boucher, of Kingston, showed up to the Cortelli Court party late on a spring night in 2010 with a 40-oz. of malt liquor and a handgun.

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Cortelli Court is a small dead-end street with several multi-family homes in North Plymouth.

Testimony from the trial revealed that once drunk, Boucher began bragging about his future murder weapon to friends and was “mean mugging” the two men he later shot.

James Tigges and Jackson Duncan were leaving the party when then 18-year old Boucher swiped a beer bottle from Duncan’s back pocket.

A cousin of Duncan’s took the beer bottle back from Boucher and returned it to Duncan.

 

With the stolen beer returned, the two boys walked away.

Once a girl started making fun of Boucher, who was later painted as a cocky kid with a gun by prosecutors, he followed the men outside, asked them if they were “tough guys” and fired nine rounds.

Five of Boucher’s exploding hollow-tipped bullets hit Duncan and Tigges, leaving the then 17-year old Jackson Duncan of West Plymouth permanently paralyzed and a 23-year old father of three toddlers from Abington nicknamed “Jimmy,” dead.

Boucher was less than eight feet from the two men when he fired the first shot at Duncan.

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A photo of James Tigges used by local media after his murder in 2010.

Duncan collapsed to the ground after being hit, causing Tigges to instinctively shield his best friend from Boucher’s bullets. Boucher kept firing from point-blank into Tigges until his gun was empty.

Witnesses testified that Boucher kept “clicking the trigger” of his weapon after it was empty before running away and disappearing into the North Plymouth nighttime.

Duncan later testified at the trial that he saw Boucher’s pistol well-before it shot him, saying it made him “uneasy” because he’d “never seen a gun before.”

After the shooting, Boucher eluded authorities for two weeks.

Boucher was finally arrested after being spotted at a McDonald’s in Oxford, MA. Authorities had received information that Boucher was in the Worcester area when Massachusetts State Police saw him sitting in the passenger seat of a 99’ Toyota, waiting in line at the drive-thru. Boucher never got his happy meal.

Authorities spotted and arrested the fugitive, even though Boucher had changed his identity on the run. Boucher had shaved his recognizable bushy hair, leading one local newspaper of record to write that Boucher looked “like a scared little boy” at his arraignment.

Prosecutors told the jury that Boucher wanted to grab the spotlight when he arrived at 7 Cortelli Court on the night of the double shooting.

Relatives said Boucher already “thought he was a gangbanger.”

Prosecutors told the jury that during the early morning hours of May 27th, Boucher was drunk and wanted to be in control.

Back in 2009, I saw a Richard M. Boucher Jr. who was far from “in control.”

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A mug shot of Richard M. Boucher Jr. taken prior to the May 27, 2010 double shooting.

It was probably only my third or fourth day on the job when 16-year old Boucher walked into Michael’s with a group of kids who seemed far younger than him. He had a wild afro and was wearing a white T-shirt with baggy jeans; it was a look I’d see replicated in his mug shot.

Boucher’s personality was boisterous to say the least.

I was sitting at the bar next to the cash register when the group walked in. The kids placed their orders with the waitress, opened their soda’s and waited for their food. For the most part the process went smoothly. The new waitress only messed up once, but it was only because Boucher changed his order five times.

I was sill patiently waiting for the phone to ring for a delivery as I texted away when I overheard Boucher, laughing as a friend said “do it.”

Naturally, I looked up from my phone and down the bar to see Boucher reaching his hand into the tip jar and pocketing a wad of one-dollar bills. I turned back to my phone, pretending not to have seen the act.

A minute later, I quietly got up and walked back into the kitchen.

“I think I just saw a kid reach into the tip jar and take money,” I said to the kitchen cook.

The kitchen cook was a little rough around the edges himself and I came to find out that he had been recently released from prison after serving 15 years in Walpole for a drug crime. “You saw what?!” the cook yelled.

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A photo of me taken two months after my interaction with Boucher in 2009. I was 22.

He nodded his head like he had made a decision, patted my shoulders and said, “Alright Brad…then you back me up.”

The kitchen doors swung open. The cook stormed out and grabbed Boucher by the neck, pinning him against the wall. I stood next to the cook.

“Did you steal money from our fuckin’ tip jar?!” The cook screamed as he held Boucher.

Boucher, who had his hand in his pockets, dropped some crumpled up dollar bills to the floor as he gasped for air.

“You didn’t steal it but you’re droppin’ money all over the floor,” the cook yelled.

The cook then released his grip on Boucher, told him to leave and “never come back.”

Boucher skipped out the door, nearly tripping on his way out.

His friends stayed inside and ate his food while they called him “stupid” and “dumb.”

The next time I saw Boucher was two years later, when his mug shot ran on Boston news.

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A logo of the Cumberland Farms in South Kingston where Boucher stole cash and cigarettes with his .40-caliber handgun on May 10, 2010.

Less than a year after I got Boucher kicked out of Michael’s, Boucher had graduated from stealing chump change out of tip jars to armed robbery.

Only 17 days before Boucher committed the double shooting on Cortelli Court, the emboldened 18-year old robbed a Cumberland Farms in his hometown of Kingston, brandishing the same weapon that would later claim the lives of two local young men. Boucher was only discovered as the culprit of the robbery after he was in custody for the double shooting.

Richard M. Boucher Jr. was probably the worst person in the world to give a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun loaded with hollow-tipped bullets. He was a ticking time bomb, waiting to explode.

While Boucher is going exactly where he belongs, there might still be someone more dangerous walking our streets.

How did a cocky, loudmouthed, 18-year old wannabe gangster from Kingston get a .40-caliber pistol with hollow-tipped bullets to boot?

Who the hell gave him this weapon?

Plymouth Police detectives would not comment on any possible investigation into Boucher’s illegal possession of a firearm charge but there are no published reports citing an arrest of somebody who gave Richard M. Boucher Jr., a kid who still couldn’t even legally buy a beer, a Smith & Wesson pistol with hollow-tipped bullets.

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An example of the type of weapon Boucher used in the 2010 Cortelli Court double shooting. Above is a picture of a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson with the capacity to carry nine rounds.

In fact, all media reports are silent as to how Boucher obtained the gun. It seems that question was never asked and the answer was never found.

If we truly want to stop these horrific acts of violence from turning our streets into war zones, we must hunt down those who distribute these weapons illegally just as aggressively as we hunt down murders on the run.

Boucher will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, and whoever gave him this weapon deserves to keep him company behind bars. Boucher will be formally sentenced in Plymouth County Superior Court next week, on January 30th.

Boucher will likely never have children and, like the vicious reign of terror he brought to the shores of Kingston Bay, his life will become nothing but a memory, nothing but a name in a book.

The victims of Boucher’s hateful and ego-driven violence will, however, live on. Tigges’ three young children, Jaymz, Darren and River, will grow up needing only to look in the mirror to see the legacy of their father, the man who died a hero and gave his best friend, Jackson Duncan, a second chance to live.

 

KingstonJournal.com urges anyone with information on how Richard M. Boucher Jr. obtained the weapon he used to murder James Tigges and paralyze Jackson Duncan to call the Plymouth Police @ (508) 830-4218.

Tips can be left anonymously. 

 

 

 

Sources: Patriot Ledger, WickedLocal:Kingston, WickedLocal:Plymouth, The Boston Globe, Massachusetts State Police, WATD 95.9 FM, Worcester Telegram-Gazette

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  1. Quacking Dux says:

    It’s a great question…where did this gun come from? I’d think if they caught anybody you’d see their picture in mug shots too…guess not. hmmmmm….scary when a kid can get a gun and do that.

  2. Rich K says:

    This kid could not buy a beer.

    He was also legally prevented from having a pistol or the ammo for the weapon.

    As far as tracing the pistol to the person who provided it to the criminal there are reasonable ways to trace at least the first or second transaction.

    Pistols generally go from factory to distributor to dealer to at least the first purchaser. BATF keeps excellent records of these transactions as well a any theft from one of the possessors.

    It would be a simple task to check within the records to find the last legal owner. After that, it may take a little detective work,. or not.

  3. ALL FOR FAME. says:

    THIS STORY IS A LIE… THE PERSON THAT STOLE THE MONEY FROM THAT PLACE WAS NOT RICKY… ALL I SEE IS A BUNCH OF ::moderated:: THAT ARE TRYING TO MAKE THEM SELF FAMOUS FOR A COUPLE OF MINS… AND RICKY IS NOT A BAD PERSON..WHY DONT YOU FIND THE PERSON THAT BOUGHT THE LIQUOR FOR THE MINOR…AND AS FAR FOR GUNS YOU CAN FIND THEM AT ANY STREET CORNER AND ANY ::moderated:: COULD GET ONE…THE KID HAD A BAD MOMENT AND IM NOT SAYING HE SHOULDNT HAVE ANY PUNISHMENT FOR THAT BUT YOU PEOPLE ARE MAKING HIM SEEM LIKE HE IS A COLD BLOODED KILLER AND HES NOT.. WHEN CHILDREN ARE DRINKING AND UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ANY SUBSTANCE THEY ARE NOT IN THE RIGHT STATE OF MIND. BUT FOR YOU PEOPLE TO SIT AROUND AND MAKE THIS CHILD SEEM LIKE OJ SIMPSON IS PURE EVIL AND DOWN RIGHT IGNORANT..

  4. Nikka S says:

    ALL FOR FAME … must be kin or delusional.

  5. Terrah says:

    Trilll nigga hold ya head brah

  6. ALL FOR FAME. says:

    IT DONT MATTER ASK ANYONE WHO REALLY KNEW RICCY..HE ISNT AND WILL NEVER BE A DANGER TO ANYONE..HE BEEN THOUGH A LOT OF SHIT. I WOULDNT EXPECT YOU TO KNOW SHIT WITH YOUR CLOSE MINDED ASS. YOU DONT KNOW SHIT

  7. anybodys killa says:

    This dude just wants too act tuff now..rick would back slap him for talking reckless..he gonna have more money in jail then you do out here..now you want to come up with stories of what he did..well lets put it on bladt kid.you and matt the cook are FEENS..so go ahead and have a seat

  8. Anonymous says:

    “Finding the person that provided the liquor for the minor” is light years “worse” than finding the person that gave a murderer a gun? Kind of makes me understand more clearly how a person like Boucher, or his “supporters” would not think twice at all about snuffing out a human life. Totally immoral and insane.

  9. GlowGolf says:

    As an outsider, moving to the area after this happened, this seems more of a question of nurture versus nature. I can’t help to wonder what responsibility the parents played in this awful story. But on a more factual basis, lets take a look at the section of town where this story seems to have unfolded.

    Basically, that entire area of North Plymouth/South Kingston…whatever you want to call it… needs to be revitalized. How bad is it? Well Walmart left so you do the math. Now there is talk about getting rid of the Plymouth MBTA station because there are not enough riders. Just another reason why price predictions for Plymouth/Kingston real estate values are negative 12% for 2013/2014. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2013/02/new_site_pricing_nation_foreca.html

    Something needs to be done. It’s prime waterfront location. Hopefully if the train stops running to Plymouth, it actually may help the area’s property values and draw in some folks that may have otherwise avoided that area because of the noise.

    Fingers can be pointed in all directions but I call for action from the Kingston/Plymouth political leaders. If it’s too big of a job for you to handle multiple projects then please do the residents a favor step down. i.e. Where has the Kingston Economic Committe been?? Look at your agenda for the last 12months…Stop wasting your time on wish lists and websites and start making some real intiatives. Plus where the heck are the minutes from any of the meetings?! What a mickey mouse effort IMO. All I’ve heard out of people in the last year are complaints (including myself) and politicians trying to cover their A$$ from the wind turbine effect. In the meantime the majority of the town is looking for answers and ways to build our economy up. Wake up and take some action.

  10. Anonymous says:

    “Basically, that entire area of North Plymouth/South Kingston…whatever you want to call it… needs to be revitalized….”

    Ooo don’t you just love that word, “revitalized”….you mean…like what HUD did to the Brewster Gardens area of Plymouth in the 70’s?

    Well…a lot of us call it home….don’t know what you want to call it….and really don’t care….but keep your “revitalizing” mits off it…it’s just fine the way it is….one bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch!

  11. GlowGolf says:

    Anonymous…Firstly, ignorance is bliss and you’ve got the proverb completely wrong. Secondly, I didn’t mean to offend your neighborhood. I am not the right person to judge anothers lifestyle and I totally appreciate what you are saying. If you like it the way it is, that is fine, but I would argue that most people there do not want violence in their neighborhood, nor do they want another 12% drop in property values. I was merely commenting on the “nurture” side of the equation, especially since I don’t know how Ricky’s parents raised him. There may have possibly been something in his life experiences that led him to obtain a gun and mistakenly pull the trigger…multiple times. I’ve heard stories of what that area of town was like in the 70’s/80’s and it sounded wonderful. Small community sharing a beautiful neighborhood by the Kingston shores sounds awesome. On this point I think we agree. But through recent personal experiences I have a feeling things have changed in that neighborhood. Specifically, the fact that someone in my family was threatened by some thug at the Plymouth MBTA station have led me to believe that something needs to be done there. I just wish you could see the potential to recoup what was lost in this area and bring back the good old times. It’s a bummer you disagree.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Things have changed in the entire country. “Revitalization” is not possible in this economic climate, and frankly, all of the “revitalization” I’ve ever witnessed ANYWHERE is a temporary short term thing, unsustainable, and always deteriorates and degrades into crumbling ruins, because it’s not about brick and mortar..

    I would garner to wager a month’s salary that the crime rate of North Plymouth/South Kingston is far dwarfed by the crime that has spread to other more affluent areas around Plymouth. In fact, I am almost positive it’s a bigger issue the further towards the “upper middle” class neighborhoods and place that boast your idea of “revitalization”. While we are on that topic, let’s have a look at what “revitalization” really means. Does it mean new schools? Jobs? Community services?

    Or does it mean a small group of affluent individuals get to rape the area and put in more malls, shops, bars, restuarants, and keep all the money for themselves and not give anything back. My memory of North Plymouth and south Kingston goes back a lot further than your myopic memory of the “70s and 80s”.

    My parents and great-grand parents built it. They made the schools, and the economy thrive. They set aside a certain portion of their investment for the future, the children. It is the outsiders, and greed that has destroyed America’s neighborhoods.

    To that, and those people, I say…get out….go find someplace else to practice your “revitalization” because we already know it doesn’t work.

  13. GlowGolf says:

    Revitalize in my mind means improve the area so that the quality of life for you and your neighbors and family improves. Build on the foundation that the forefathers started. To make the schools and the neighborhoods cleaner safer and inviting for old and new residents. After all. It was the original townies that are greedy and allowed for the overdevelopment of kingston. Not the other way around. Time to change the mess that you started.

  14. GlowGolf says:

    It is ironic how the problems and greed you speak of are a direct result of decisions made by the town “insiders” apparently like yourself. i.e. the addition of turbines, golf courses, supermarkets, poor school system and explosive development to this community were all voted on by the “insiders”.

    As an “outsider”, revitalization to me means bring back those core values of strong schools, neighborhoods and essential services that are required for a better standard of living and that were totally overlooked by the greedy “insiders” in town politics.

    Your point about crime and income is interesting tho. Would like to see more information on that or how you came up with that point.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Well now you’ve completely reversed your position.

    Make up your mind, how can you “revitalize” something by “underdeveloping” it? Just argument for the sake of arguing.

    The crime stats are readily available online, go see for yourself, run the numbers for North Plymouth, then compare them to the wealthier Boston suburbs, or even the wealthier communities on the Cape. It’s all there for black and white to see. The “original townies”, my ancestors, were Pilgrims.

    They did not vote for malls, fast food joints, big box department stores or condominiums. Mostly the later “insiders” like you let those rats out of the barrell. Get a clue Glow.

  16. Publius says:

    You are an interesting dichotomy GlowGolf. You said you are new to the community, yet you also state that decisions made before you came to the community were made by “insiders”, well if you weren’t here, how do you know? (With the possible exception of the wind turbines which really would be a reach to say they caused the creation of a convicted felon.)

    Also Kingston has only one golf course and that has nothing to do with the town, if you don’t believe show up and say you want to play because you live in the town and see how far that gets you.
    As far as supermarkets are concerned the town desperately need them, and they pay large tax bills and put no children in the school system.

    As far as having a poor school system the facts bely that statement as the graduation rates and the number of students that go on to post secondary education are well above the state average.

    As far as explosive development goes I believe your beef is with the MBTA, they had more to do with explosive development than any Kingston “insider”.

  17. GlowGolf says:

    The fact that you even acknowledge that there are insiders is part of the problem and the root cause of greed. These “insiders” as you call them could seemingly care less about Ricky, or for that matter, the good people that are affected by flicker. These “insiders” are content to stay fat and happy regardless of the needs or the taxpayers or calls for improved leadership. Publius… The mall…you mean the thing that almost defaulted on its debt because the town leaders were unable to communicate with Plymouth. Sure, let Plymouth open up competition next door. Where were our leaders on that day? My point can be summed up by saying our town leaders have executed many decisions poorly and I’m not surprised you two can’t figure this one out. Yes hindsight is 20-20 and no one is perfect but please do not start talking about how everything is fine and dandy in town. We are not blind.

  18. Publisu says:

    Glowgolf, Please see your post of February 11, 2:38 P.M. to determine who instituted the use of the term “insider”. And yes there are insiders, if you refer to the hard working, intelligent, civic minded individuals which this town is blessed with and who keep this town viable. There are to many to mention but they are individuals, committee, commission, and board members without which our town would cease to exist. They are insiders only because they are involved in the community, part of the decision making process and because of their due diligence on all matters great. and small they become aware of things that those who do not assist our town don”t.

  19. Anonymous says:

    The “Ricky” crime was committed in North Plymouth, not Kingston. It’s a NON-ISSUE for Kingston Massachusetts, and it’s really very despicable that somebody would use the heinous actions of one punk murderer to blast and condemn a whole community and say it is in need of “revitalization”. That’s outright NAZISM and FASCISM. If we let people who think this way rule, they’d likely run in there with tanks and goose-stepping full metal jacketed goons and round up the parts of the population they deem “not worthy” and physically evict OR incarcerate them to make way for their demented and warped vision of a “great society” via a policy of “revitalization”..People who think like this make me very very ill…we fought wars to contain this very same facism. Please, get a clue.