Marvin Cruz Reyes, guilty of attempted murder Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

On Monday, November 12th, Marvin Cruz Reyes, 28, was sentenced to 15 years at the Hattieville Prison after he was found guilty of the attempted murder of Kareem Wright, 30.

Reyes’ case has been delayed several times due to Wright’s condition which had affected him from coming to court to testify on numerous occasions.

On August 26, 2007, Wright was shot multiple times and even though he survived, life has never been the same for him. He is now confined to a bed and a wheel chair, unable to care for himself.

Monday was a retrial for Reyes because he first had a trial in July of 2009 which ended in a hung jury.

Wright, who was left paralyzed from the waist down, had to be brought to court by a BERT Ambulance because that is the only means of transportation by which he can travel.

He was the first witness to be called in the trial which started last Wednesday, November 6, 2013. He testified that at 5:00 on the morning of August 26, 2007, he and his girlfriend were walking on Ebony Street. When they got to the corner of Ebony and Sarstoon Streets, he heard someone call out to him, when he turned around he saw Reyes, who was the ex-boyfriend of his girlfriend.

He didn’t go to Reyes, but later heard shots ring out and he and his girlfriend started to run in different directions. As he was running away, he heard his girlfriend scream and when he turned around to see what had happened to her, he got shot to his neck and fell to the ground. Dr. Jose Moguel and the girlfriend also testified in court.

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 15 years. But before sentencing Reyes, Justice Gonzalez told Reyes that “While you had nothing to say, not even that you were sorry for what you have done. You tried to kill Kareem Wright and left him a vegetable. It is difficult to temper justice with mercy for you so I have no choice but to imprison you for 15 years”.

Marvin Cruz Reyes’s sentence is to take effect from Monday, November 11, 2013.