Woonsocket man pleads guilty to pawn shop shooting
Five months after a Providence pawn shop owner was shot in the head during a midday robbery, the shooter plead guilty to the charges against him.
"I’m sorry for what I did, If I could take it back I would. I really didn’t mean it,” said 23-year-old Andrew McLean after changing his plea.
McLean read a prepared statement in court on Tuesday. The shooting victim, Justin Kempe and his wife, Lindsey, where in the courtroom. They tell us that apology did not seem very sincere.
"I thought it was not genuine and I don’t accept it. My life has changed dramatically because of this incident,’ said Kempe.
Kempe was left for dead in a pool of blood after police say McLean and two other men burst into his store in the middle of the afternoon. One of the other suspects, Leroy Dorsey, is also in custody the other, Reginald Isom, remains at large
"You know my husband was almost killed we are fearful for our life sometimes,” said Lindsey Kempe.
Justin Kempe was hospitalized for months after the shooting. He is battling left side paralysis.
"It takes time. I know that god has a plan and every day he is getting better,” said Lindsey Kempe.
Despite the long road ahead, Kempe says he can finally feel some sense of closure knowing his shooter will remain behind bars.
"Today justice was served. This is what the United States of America stands for. We have a justice system. You can’t do these kinds of things and think that you are going to get away with it,” said Justin Kempe.
McLean was sentenced to life in prison.
As for the Pawn Shop, it has still not re-opened.
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