NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A 21-year-old New York City man accused of shooting another man over a basketball game has surrendered to police.
Travis Jones pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on an attempted murder charge on Tuesday.
Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan said Jones turned himself in to authorities after seeing his mug shot on the front page of a local newspaper.
“The minute his picture hit the papers he turned himself in like a gentleman according to his attorney,” Donovan told 1010 WINS.
Prosecutors say Jones shot Carleak Gibbons during an argument over the score of a basketball game at a playground in 2008.
They say Jones fired several shots, hitting Gibbons once in the stomach. Gibbons has recovered.
Jones’ lawyer, Alison Aplin, said her client had no idea he was wanted in connection with the shooting. His mother said he believed police just wanted to talk to him.
Donovan said police at one point had handcuffed Jones’ brother thinking it was him. “It’s hard for the family to say they didnt think we’ve been looking for this defendant for the last two and a half years since his brother was almost arrested because we believed it to be him,” Donovan said.
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