Teen pleads guilty to assault charges

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A Wilson teen who was involved in a July 18 shooting that left two other teens injured will spend several years in prison.

Edgar F. Renteria pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm into an occupied motor vehicle in Wilson County Superior Court this week, according to court records.

Renteria entered an Alford plea — where a defendant doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there is likely enough evidence to ensure a conviction.

Renteria, who was initially charged with several counts of attempted first-degree murder, was sentenced to roughly six to eight years in prison on the assault charge. He received a 2- to 3 ½-year suspended sentence for the discharging a firearm charge. Once released from prison, he will be placed on supervised probation for two years, according to court records.

Police responded to Wilson Medical Center in July regarding several injuries.

While responding to the hospital, police were told the shooting happened behind Target at Heritage Crossing, but they later discovered it took place behind Rack Room Shoes, which is also in the shopping center, police said.

Officers spoke to two victims, 19-year-old Javel T. Bowens and 16-year-old Shyreke Bullock, who suffered from gunshot graze wounds, police have said.

Investigating officers determined that a fight was planned between Renteria and a group of people Bowens and Bullock were with.

Renteria, who was 17 at the time of the incident, allegedly began shooting into the vehicle Bowens and Bullock were in before the brawl could take place, according to police.

Renteria was arrested at his home with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office’s assistance. Police also seized a handgun during his arrest, police said at the time.