Halifax man pleads guilty to involvement in shooting that paralyzes victim

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HALIFAX - A Halifax man has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in a shooting in November 2008 that left the victim paralyzed.
Sergio Davidson Bowers, 21, was supposed to go on trial Monday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on eight charges, including attempted murder.
Rather than stand trial, Bowers also pleaded guilty to four other charges: committing public mischief by misleading police, breaching a court order and possession of cocaine and ecstasy for the purpose of trafficking.
A charge of attempted murder and two counts of robbery were withdrawn by the Crown.
Bowers will be sentenced on April 30.
Michael Patriquen Jr., 26, has been confined to a wheelchair since he was shot inside his house on Nov. 11, 2008.
"This is a tragic case of senseless gun violence," Crown attorney Mark Heerema said Tuesday.
Heerema read facts about the defendant's involvement in the shooting into the court record Monday.
Following a series of disagreements with Patriquen, Bowers called "an individual" to come to the house and bring a gun, court was told.
The individual was let into the residence by Bowers and shot Patriquen in the chest at close range.
An 18-year-old is also charged in the shooting. Because he was 17 at the time of the shooting, he will be tried in Halifax youth court.
That trial is scheduled for two weeks beginning March 1.
The teenager is charged with attempted murder, robbery, wearing a disguise, theft over $5,000, possession of stolen property over $5,000, fleeing from police and failing to stop at an accident scene.
Patriquen's parents are well-known marijuana activists. His father, Michael Patriquen, was founder of the now-defunct provincial Marijuana Party.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Marijuana Party

Geographic location: Halifax

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