Corey Dunton needs a better lawyer but he should probably focus on trying to get a GED first. The 16-year-old youngster from NYC was arrested on attempted murder charges this past November. He was accused of shooting up a skating rink in Bryant Park over a botched robbery where he sought to take a pricey piece of outerwear known as the Marmot coat. The coat has since been taking out circulation due to its affiliation with crime-laden individuals.
Dunton didn't go down quietly, as he was filmed yelling obscenities at authorities as they took him into custody.
Now, it is being reported that he's had some sort of moment of clarity or change of heart or just lack of proper legal counsel. He wrote a letter to the victim's families apologizing for his actions that left coat owner Javier Contreras shot twice and another victim Adonis Mera, paralyzed.
“I am sorry. I apologize to Adonis and his family for being [reckless] and ending [any] dreams or hopes Adonis had in life because in my life I've been careless and blame everyone else for mistakes,” Dunton wrote in the note, in which he accepted full responsibility for the shooting. “I wish I could take it all back turn back time don't we all...I just hope those two boys recover.”
Dunton also allegedly repeatedly told cops, “I'm going down for this, I f—ked up,” after being arrested for the shooting. According to DNAInfo, Dunton was overheard talking to his mother while in custody: "Ma, it's over. Promise me you'll take care of yourself, promise me."
Adonis's mother was unmoved after part of the note was read in court this week: “I finally got to see the animal who shot my son,” Arislenis Martinez, 44, said. “I wanted to rip his head off...a lot of thoughts went through my mind. I wish I could say them out loud.”
Sounds like D'Angelo Barksdale in the flesh. Check out the gallery to see the alleged handwritten letter from Dunton.
Photo: Robert Mecea, Gothamist