The South Jersey man who fired the shot that blinded an innocent 9-year-old boy was sentenced today to two terms of 17 years in prison.
Gregory Rawls, 32, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder on Jan. 9. Rawls admitted he had been shooting at a rival on June 27, 2011, near the intersection of Grand and Benson streets in Camden, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s office.
Rawls, of Pennsauken, said he fired at Kevin English, 35, and as English ran, Rawls followed him squeezing off more shots.
Jorge Cartagena was walking home about 2 p.m. to feed his pet parakeets. As the gun blasts rang out, the boy was caught in the line of fire. A bullet tore through Jorge's temple. Now 12, the boy will never see again.