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Man pleads guilty in BB gun shooting at St. Pete Pride

ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg man has pleaded guilty to battery for shooting someone with a BB gun at the St. Pete Pride Parade.

Cornelius Davis, 21, shot Eric Bunzow with the BB gun during the June 2013 event, after shouting anti-gay slurs, St. Petersburg police said at the time. Bunzow was not seriously injured.

Davis will be formally sentenced April 30, but Bunzow said in an interview that his understanding is Davis will get a six-month jail term along with his felony conviction.

Bunzow said he doesn't think the sentence is long enough, but said it may be the best possible for various legal reasons.

Bunzow said he will not shy away from attending gay pride events in the future. "It will never discourage me from going somewhere or being who I am, because I am who I am and nobody is going to change that," he said.

Man pleads guilty in BB gun shooting at St. Pete Pride 04/15/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:15pm]

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