Cory Dunton, 19, was convicted for attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment in connection with the double-shooting by a jury in Manhattan yesterday afternoon. Dunton tried to steal a Marmot Mammoth jacket from then-20-year-old Javier Contreras on November 9th, 2013—Dunton shot at Contreras and hit 14-year-old Adonis Mera, a bystander, in the back. Mera is now paralyzed from the waist down.
“Cory Dunton unleashed a hail of bullets into the Bryant Park skating rink, seriously injuring two young men and sending a wave of panic through a crowd of more than 200 people,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. "He has now been held accountable for this brutal and reckless shooting, which may have permanently robbed a teenager of the use of his legs."
Shortly after Dunton was arrested, he penned a handwritten confession apologizing for the shooting. "I never thought I see this day where my life is shattered and I have shattered a young boy’s life as well," he wrote. "Some or most people might hate me for what I have done. I hate myself as well." At his trial, though, Dunton testified that the gunman was one of his friends, not him.
Dunton will be sentenced next month; he faces up to 25 years in prison for the top count alone, the Daily News reports.