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Bronx street vendor gets prison for murder

July 2, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A Bronx street vendor will serve 20 years to life in prison for shooting one man to death and severely injuring another on a crowded street.

District Attorney Robert T. Johnson says a dispute over money prompted the Aug. 23, 2012 incident near Yankee Stadium and the Bronx courthouses.

Clarence Pearson died two days later. Douglas Watkins still uses a wheelchair.

The street was filled with lunch-hour crowds when Horace Coleman — dressed in a pinstriped suit and white fedora — opened fire.

Four court officers gave chase and surrounded Coleman, who dropped his gun and surrendered.

Coleman was sentenced Tuesday for his conviction on murder, attempted murder and weapon possession charges.

 
 

 

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