Sentencing hearing in "Good Samaritan" shooting delayed again

Jonathan Murray
Jonathan Murray

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There has been another delay in the sentencing for one of the men who pleaded guilty in the shooting of a "Good Samaritan" in 2010.

Jonathan Murray, 22, will learn his fate on Oct. 29. He was originally scheduled to be sentenced on July 3. Murray pleaded guilty in April to charges of criminal street gang activity and three counts of armed robbery.

He faces 11 to 346 years in prison for admitting he was involved in the Tigerland shooting that left Charlie Cangelosi badly wounded. Prosecutors said Murray was not the shooter. It is believed he drove the getaway car.

Cangelosi was shot after he rushed to the aid of a pregnant woman being robbed at gunpoint. Cangelosi was hailed as a hero after saving the woman on the edge of the LSU campus. The shooting happened Nov. 6, 2010 after the LSU-Alabama football game.

This is the first time criminal street gang activity has been adjudicated in Baton Rouge. The law states the sentence on a criminal street gang activity conviction must run consecutive to other sentences. That means the sentence runs separately from the sentence on any other charges, instead of at the same time.

Leroy Molden, 18, and Leslie Harris III, 22, have pleaded guilty to criminal street gang activity and attempted first-degree murder. The Baton Rouge Police Department said both men were actually already in jail on other charges when they were arrested in connection with the shooting. Detectives have not said which man they suspect was the triggerman in the shooting.

A pregnant 20-year-old woman was being robbed at gunpoint just outside Stadium Square Apartments on Earl Gros Avenue. When the then 23-year-old ran to help the woman her attacker shot him and fled the scene.

Cangelosi was rushed to a hospital, where he was in a medically-induced coma for several days. The bullet went through Cangelosi's thumb, then through his abdomen and hit a vertebrae before lodging itself in a muscle in his back. He had numerous surgeries and doctors hope to perform another one down the road to remove the bullet, eventually. He was in the hospital for two weeks.

A month after the incident, he said the shooting opened his eyes to things he would have never seen before. With this second chance at life, things like eating, breathing and even family time mean so much more now.

Cangelosi said he has no regrets and if given the opportunity, he would not change anything about that night, even if that means getting shot again. He added he forgives the man who shot him.

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