Riverwalk shooting suspect pleads guilty, sentenced

The suspect in the Riverwalk shooting on July 4, 2016 pleaded guilty Monday, the day he was set to stand trial in Richmond County Superior Court.

Clinton L. Coleman, 31, pleaded to aggravated assault and weapon charges. Judge J. Wade Padgett sentenced Coleman to 15 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation. Coleman had no prior felony record.

Robert and Hillary Odom were strapping their 2-year-old into his stroller at the conclusion of the July 4 fireworks show when they were hit by bullet fragments. Coleman was also shot that night when he and another person fired at each other in the large crowd that had gathered for the fireworks over the Savannah River.

The gunfire occurred near the Unisys office at Port Royal and it led the city commissioners to approve a sheriff’s substation at the Seventh Street building.

Coleman has been held without bond since his arrest the night of the shooting. The second shooter was never identified.

 

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