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.