A 24-year-old Riverhead man pleaded guilty Wednesday to manslaughter and weapon charges in the fatal shooting of another man during a robbery in Coram in December 2021, Suffolk District Attorney Ray Tierney said in a press release today.
Marcus Reid is expected to be sentenced to 20 years in prison for the crime, Tierney said.
Ried entered guilty pleas to charges of Manslaughter in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Tierney said.
According to court documents and the defendant’s admissions during his guilty plea allocution, Tierney said, on the morning of Dec. 2, 2021, Reid fired multiple rounds from a semi-automatic .40 caliber handgun at the ground below the feet of Branzel Bonner, 25, demanding that he hand over his fanny pack. When Bonner refused, Reid repeatedly shot Bonner in the torso, Tierney said. Reid removed the contents of Bonner’s fanny pack and fled the scene. Bonner was pronounced dead at Stony Brook University Hospital within an hour of the shooting, according to the district attorney.
In his haste to flee the wooded area where the shooting took place, Reid dropped his own debit card at the scene, which was recovered by law enforcement and was also captured on surveillance video, Tierney said in a press release.
Reid pleaded guilty before Acting Supreme Court Justice Stephen Braslow.
Reid is due back in court for sentencing on March 11.
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