A New Yorker breakdancer charged with opening fire on a U.S. Marine refused a plea deal to serve 72 percent less jail time on Aug. 16.
Avon Darden turned down an offer to serve seven years behind bars for allegedly shooting newlywed Samuel Poulin at Times Square, back on June 27.
An assistant district attorney proposed at Manhattan Supreme Court for the accused to plead guilty to attempted first-degree assault and second-degree weapons possession. However, the 16-year-old shook his head, implying his answer was “no.”
If Darden is convicted of attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon, he could spend more than 25 years in jail.
He found himself in this predicament after allegedly arguing with a street performer about dance space. The teen claims he accidentally fired on the young graduate from Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.
Poulin was transported to a nearby hospital emergency room and released after being treated for a non-critical gunshot wound.
Darden has already been detained for three offenses including one for weapons possession, according to the Daily Mail.
Shootings jumped 15.8 percent to 900 events so far in 2021. This compares to 777 recorded at the same time in 2020, according to New York Police Department data.
There were 1,057 gunshot victims compared to 944 in the previous year, meaning casualties are up 12 percent. Hate crimes also increased 103 percent in the past year, representing the largest overall increase according to the publication.
Times Square attracts about 50 million tourists annually. With more than 330,000 visitors every day, it is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.