Man gets 24 years in prison for blinding teen

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A judge sentenced a Flatbush man to 24 years in prison for shooting a 24-year-old man in the leg and blinding a 13-year-old boy with a stray bullet.

Kareem Potomont's errant shot struck Gama Droiville in one eye three years ago.

"I'm not satisfied with the judgment, the sentencing," Droiville said Tuesday. "What I want to see in this country is a change in gun laws."

Potomont apologized for the shooting before his sentencing.

"I'm sorry, but I know that'll never be enough," he said.

His lawyer Audrey Thomas said he had been in special education for all of his life and has a speech impediment, making him a target for bullying.

"These boys used to beat him, and assault him, and rob him constantly," Thomas said. "Kareem endured this for years, and was in counseling, was in therapy, reached out to the counselors at school, reached out to a minister..."

Eventually, he snapped and left Droiville blind in one eye, she said.

Droiville has gone through multiple surgeries and now says he hopes to get into law school and fight to change gun laws.

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