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Nov 13, 2013

Marvin Cruz Reyes sentenced to 15 years for Attempted Murder

Marvin Cruz Reyes

Tonight, Marvin Cruz Reyes is serving his second night of a fifteen year sentence at the Hattieville Prison after he was found guilty of the attempted murder of Kareem Wright.   On August twenty-sixth, 2007, Wright was shot multiple times and even though he lived to tell the tale, life has never been the same for him. He is confined to a bed and a wheel chair, unable to care for himself.  Wright, who was left paralyzed from the waist down, had to be brought to court by a BERT Ambulance. He was the first witness to be called to testify when the trial started last Wednesday. He recounted that he and his girlfriend were walking on Ebony Street and when they got to the corner of Sarstoon Street, he heard someone call his name and recognized Reyes, the he ex-boyfriend of his current girlfriend. He said shots were fired and he was hit the neck. The Crown, represented by Attorneys Leeroy Banner and Javier Chan, then closed their case and when it came time for Reyes to put up his defense, he chose to remain silent. The jury deliberated for just under four hours and returned with a unanimous verdict of guilty. When asked if he wanted any time to prepare for mitigation plea or have anyone come to speak on his behalf, Reyes told the court that he chose to say nothing and with that, Justice Troadio Gonzalez sentenced him to fifteen years. Reyes’s sentence is to take effect beginning November eleventh.

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