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Pennauken Man Sentenced to Pair of 17-Year-Terms in Connection With Shooting That Left Child Blinded

Gregory Rawls was previously convicted in a shooting that left a nine-year-old blind.

A Pennsauken man was sentenced to two concurrent 17-year-prison terms after he was convicted of a 2011 shooting that left a nine-year-old boy blind, Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson announced on Friday.

Gregory Rawls, 32, was sentenced 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.

On Jan. 9, Rawls pleaded guilty to shooting at Kevin English, 35, of Camden, near the intersection of Grand and Benson streets in Camden on June 27, 2011.

He began firing at English and chased after him as English ran away. Jorge Cartegena, who was  nine years old at the time, was walking to his grandmother’s house when he was caught in the line of fire. He was was struck in the head and permanently blinded by the injury.

Cartegena is now 12 years old.

Faulk credited First Assistant Prosecutor Gladys Rodriguez, Assistant Prosecutor Chris St. John and Prosecutor’s Office Lieutenant Kevin Kellejan in the process that led to Rawls’ conviction and sentencing.

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