The New York City teen accused of shooting two young men over a $680 "Biggie" coat at the Bryant Park ice rink last month pleaded not guilty Tuesday and apologized to the victims.
Corey Dunton, 16, was charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of weapon, among other things, in the Nov. 9 shooting that left one victim injured and the other paralyzed from the waist down. He faces up to 50 years in state prison if convicted, according to the New York Post.
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Police say Dunton approached 20-year-old Javier Contreras at the midtown Manhattan ice rink on that Saturday night and demanded his jacket, an expensive green Marmot Mammoth one commonly referred to as a "Biggie."
Contreras refused and the suspect left briefly but soon returned and allegedly pointed a .22-caliber pistol toward the ice, aiming for Contreras. He fired at least eight shots, the New York Daily News reported, four of which hit Contreras
and one of which struck 14-year-old Adonis Mera in the back.
The younger victim, who has shown no movement below the waist, remains hospitalized, while Contreras still has bullets lodged in his spine and thigh, New York Assistant District Attorney James Lin said Tuesday.
Despite hurling profanities at reporters and looking smug during previous court appearances, Dunton penned an apology last month that was made public Tuesday.
"I am sorry. I apologize to Adonis and his family for being reclise (sic) and ending and (sic) dreams or hopes Adonis had in life," he wrote in a statement to police on Nov. 10, according to the New York Post. "I just hope those two boys recover… I wish I could take it all back turn back time don’t we all… I never thought I'll see this day where my life is shattered and I have shattered a young boys (sic) life as well."
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