Rochester man pleads guilty to murder in death of teen

Updated: 04/25/2014 2:21 PM
Created: 04/25/2014 2:16 PM WHEC.com

A 22-year-old Rochester man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of a Rochester teen.

The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office tells us on July 1, 2012, Chonice Stewart confronted 16-year-old Raven Cooper in front of a home on Bay Street and shot him in the stomach before leaving the scene.

Prosecutor Pat Farrell said, "In July of 2012, Chonice Stewart chose to take the life of a young member of our community over nothing more than his wounded pride. Sadly, acts of senseless violence like the one that claimed Raven Cooper have claimed numerous lives since. I hope that this young man's death, and the fate of his killer, give someone who might be involved in a similar dispute pause before resorting to an act of murder."

Stewart will be sentenced to 15 years in life when he appears in court on June 10.

Chonice Stewart
Raven Cooper

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