Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported today the sending of the man who fired the shots which blinded a 9-year-old boy.
Superior Court Judge Gwendolyn Blue sentenced Gregory Rawls, M/32 of Pennsauken, to two terms of 17 years incarceration, to be served concurrently, on two counts of Attempted Murder. Rawls must serve 85 percent of that term before he is eligible for parole.
Rawls pleaded guilty on January 9, 2014, to shooting at Kevin English, M/35, of Camden, while near the intersection of Grand and Benson streets in Camden at 2 p.m. on June 27, 2011. He began firing at English and then chased after him as his target ran. Meanwhile, a 9-year-old boy walking to his grandmother’s house was caught in the line of fire and was struck in the head. He was permanently blinded by the injury. Now 12 years old, Jorge Cartagena has been forced to live in total darkness for the rest of his life.
Prosecutor Faulk credited First Assistant Prosecutor Gladys Rodriguez, Assistant Prosecutor Chris St. John and Prosecutor’s Office Lieutenant Kevin Kellejan for committing significant time and effort to ensuring Rawls was brought to justice and would serve a lengthy prison sentence.