A man who fired a gun into a Memorial Day barbecue gathering last May and shot three people was sentenced Friday morning to 15 years in prison for attempted murder.
Raymond Coleman Jr., 28, apologized to the victims and to his family in State Supreme Court before Justice Christopher J. Burns pronounced sentence. Coleman also received a 15-year term for criminal possession of a weapon and two seven-year terms for assault, all to run concurrently.
Coleman was not rational when he fired into the group of people and injured two teens and a 23-year-old man, defense attorney Anthony Abbarno said. Coleman was trying to settle a score with the 23-year-old, Abbarno said, because the man had tried to kill Coleman 10 months earlier.
“In July 2014 (Coleman) was shot. There’s a video of a man standing over him pumping four bullets into his chest,” Abbarno said. “(Coleman) knew who did it. Everyone knew who did it. The bullets are still in his chest, it was too dangerous to remove them. He’s in pain, and every day he would see (the shooter) just walking around. .. Then in May, he did something really stupid, and he has admitted it.”
The three people injured at the barbecue all recovered. The one person Coleman was aiming at that day did not appear in court to witness the sentencing.