Two accused in CFCC student’s murder talk about the crime, impact

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Submitted: Wed, 12/19/2012 - 4:59am
Updated: Wed, 12/19/2012 - 4:39pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It has been just five days since 19-year-old Joshua Proutey was murdered in downtown Wilmington. Tonight, WWAY’s Matt Ray was the only TV reporter to talk to two of the suspects.

“I just want to tell me mom I love her,” Daniel Henry, 17, said, “and my brother and my dad.”

“I’m not as tough as I look,” Henry said wiping away tears. “I get stereotyped so much.

Henry, 17, said he wishes he could change what happened.

“If I could rewind back, I would’ve stepped in front of the bullet for Josh,” Henry said. “He had more going on for himself than me.”

Henry, the youngest of the group accused, says his life is over because of someone else’s actions. He and investigators say Quintel Grady shot and killed Prouty. Henry also apologized to the Proutey family for their loss.

“I don’t want no sympathy. I just want justice,” Henry said. “Yeah, give me time, but don’t give me life. I did not pull the trigger. I can’t control what somebody else do.”

Chris Cromartie, 23, is also charged in the killing.

“I was gonna give it about a week or two, and then just turn myself in if they didn’t find any leads, but it took about a couple days, and they were knocking at the gym door,” Cromartie said. “My mind is crazy right now. I have not slept since I’ve been here (in jail). It’s not because of the case itself. It’s because I have insomnia.”

Cromartie said he knew he could have stayed to try and help Proutey after the shooting, but it was too late.

“I could have did CPR, but CPR was not going to help him out,” Cromartie said. “But to Joshua’s family, I apologize.”

Cromartie, Grady and Jasmine Dottin are in jail without bond. They could face the death penalty.

Because Henry is a minor, his bond is set at $2 million. He faces a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

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2015 years 8 months ago

You have got to be kidding me!!!!! Robbing an innocent person is OK? Daniel is as guilty as the rest of the GANG that killed Joshua. Working for his money is not his thing? WHATEVER! Hopefully Daniel will get what he deserves while he spends his life in prison…….He will never have to work now……I guess prison is his thing then. He knew they were all going to rob someone, so maybe he should have used his brain and chose his friends more wisely……BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER!

2015 years 8 months ago

You’re right …. none of us know Daniel personally, because we do not hang out with loser thugs like him. Since you seem to believe he’s such a good person and , answer me this …. If “he would have tried to help if he could have” then why was he not the one to call 911? Why did he not stay with the victim instead of speeding away with the victim’s stolen money and sandwich? Do you honestly think the victim’s family should accept his ‘apology’??? I am eagerly awaiting your reply.

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2015 years 8 months ago

I just got back from Josh Proutey’s service to read these comments.It was a lovely service that no parent should ever have to go through. There were eulogies read, tears shed, and a beautiful song sung by Josh’s coworkers (all African Americans) that was truly touching. Towards the end of the service, Josh’s uncle pleaded for peace and not anger, to walk away from the feelings of retribution that so many of these senseless crimes engender. However, all of the people that perpetrated this crime, SHOULD BE PUNISHED to the full extent of the law! Each one of them made the decision to act as a group and commit this crime. Each one of the perpetrators knew full well that Quintel Grady, as an ex-felon was carrying a loaded handgun. Each one of the perpetrators had already tried to victimize another person 20 minutes before Josh Proutey was selected as the next victim. After their first victim escaped to safety, any one of the perpetrators could have changed their minds about committing a crime, but they did not. They chose to continue with their violence, and to escalate it further, a decision that resulted in the death of an innocent young man. Start taking responsibilities for your actions, and stop blaming other people for your personal moral failings and bad decisions. Josh was going to school to improve his life. Any one of the perpetrators could have easily done the same with their lives. It doesn’t take much to get some work and go to community college if you try. There’s plenty of people that have come from disadvantaged backgrounds that do just that. No, what they chose to do, was to take the easy way out. I know plenty of good people who come from nothing, and are law-abiding citizens who have worked for everything they have. The difference with these perpetrators is that they chose to become enmeshed in a culture of violence where despicable acts have become a “right of passage” for far too many people. Their world for them, glorifies violence, and mocks morality. If the perpetrators were there during the cold-blooded murder of a young man, then they are complicit in the conspiracy of robbery and murder. It’s as simple as that. As simple as the choices you make in life, and the people you choose to be around. May justice be served in this case for Josh Proutey and his family.

2015 years 8 months ago

Apparently your little sister had no problem with filling her gas tank with money stolen from the murder victim, nor did she see anything wrong with indulging in the stolen sandwich. For supposedly never hanging out with the wrong crowd as you claim, she certainly felt comfortable doing so that night!
Face the facts .. she is locked up where she belongs. No one cares if you get to see her again, and regardless things WILL never be the same for you or her. Perhaps it’s time to stop thinking about yourself and your own criminal woes. Let’s think about the VICTIM’s family for a moment. THEY are the ones who will never see their son again, and for whom things will never be the same. THEY are the ones who deserve sympathy. NOT YOU.

2015 years 8 months ago

Good points, I’ll say one thing for those looking to hit some white dude’s house for money, you come to this house and I’ll leave the light on, but I can gaurantee you it will be a career altering choice you just made! It’s time for poor defenseless people to be kept from being victimized by younger, stronger, punks, it just makes you very sad to see such a young mans life cut short for a little gas money and some pot, if they hadn’t been caught it would not have been another week and they would have done it all over again.