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Turners Falls man to face reduced charges in shooting

The Turners Falls man arrested following the Dec. 2 shooting of Zachery Drew in Orange will stand trial on reduced charges.

Corey Sutton, then 36, of 6 Whiteman Way, Apt. 2, Turners Falls was arraigned in Orange District Court in December on a charge of attempted murder following the shooting, which his attorney argued was in self defense.

Friday, a Franklin County Superior Court grand jury returned an indictment charging Sutton with aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and three lesser counts stemming from the shooting.

The indictment additionally charges Sutton with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building without the owner’s permission.

Those superior court charges supersede the lower court charges.

According to police reports filed in Orange District Court, Sutton shot Drew three times with a .45-caliber pistol during the course of an argument involving Sutton’s girlfriend, a relative of Drew.

Drew was struck in the left leg, hip and arm, with the bullet that entered his arm, finishing in his abdomen.

Drew was hospitalized and listed in stable condition the following day.

At the arraignment, both the prosecution and defense lawyers agreed Sutton shot Drew during an altercation. Defense attorney Alex Nappan said Sutton shot Drew in self defense — with a gun he always wears — after Drew attacked him with a screwdriver.

Prosecutor Rosemary Tarantino of the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office had argued ballistics suggested Sutton fired at least one of the shots after Drew was on the ground and no longer a threat.

No dates have been set for the superior court trial.

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