A Queens jury last week convicted a St. Albans man on charges including attempted murder stemming from a dispute that began on Facebook in 2011.
McHarland Cotiere, 22, faces up to 25 years in prison for the shooting that wounded Joshua Arrington, then 19, according to a statement released by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
The shooting forced surgeons to amputate Arrington’s right leg just above his knee. Cotiere is scheduled to be sentenced by Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder on March 31.
“The defendant has been convicted of a violent and senseless assault, which caused the victim to lose his leg and almost his life,” Brown said. “ ... Instead of just shutting off his computer and forgetting the argument, the defendant chose to get a gun and confront the victim in person at his residence.”
The argument had to do with web postings by a mutual female friend.
Cotiere also was convicted of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
The dispute took place on the morning of Dec. 27, 2011. During an online exchange, Arrington provided his address to Cotiere, who subsequently appeared at the former’s residence.
During the ensuing conversation, Cotiere pulled out a .380 pistol and shot Arrington in the stomach.
As Arrington began to run away Cotiere chased after him “and fired several more rounds” before Arrington collapsed and Cotiere fled the area. Police recovered a pair of .380 shell casings and a discarded handgun near the crime scene.
Arrington suffered wounds to his abdomen and one arm. A bullet hit his iliac artery, a major blood vessel, causing enough damage to lead to the amputation of his leg.
Cotiere was arrested in Marietta, Ga. by U.S. Marshals and the NYPD on April 2, 2012, and has been held on $250,000 bail since he was extradited back to New York State.