A Paterson NJ man accused of shooting a 17-year-old woman from Clifton New Jersey reportedly entered a “not guilty” plea in Passaic County Superior Court.
According to Passaic County prosecutors, the suspect has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly firing gunshots at the victim in Paterson, New Jersey. The suspect also faces charges for a number of weapons offenses, including unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
The shooting reportedly occurred during the early morning hours on May 30. The suspect allegedly fired gunshots at a van parked on Park Avenue in Paterson, NJ.
The victim suffered a gunshot wound to her back. She was rushed to the hospital after the shooting. Thankfully, doctors were able to provide her with life-saving medical treatment at the hospital.
The suspect was subsequently placed under arrest.
The suspect faces significant penalties if he is convicted on the most serious weapons charges. For example, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(b) classifies illegal possession of a handgun as a second degree felony. A conviction on the unlawful possession of a weapon charge could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Additionally, since handgun charges are governed by the Graves Act, the suspect would be required to serve a fixed term before becoming eligible for release on parole.
The suspect is currently being held at the Passaic County Jail in Paterson NJ in lieu of $750,000 bail.
For more information about this case, read the NorthJersey.com article entitled “Man Accused of Shooting Clifton Girl, 17, Pleads Not Guilty.”