Marine accused of firing shotgun into crowd of revelers released on bail
LAWRENCE, Mass. – A Marine facing attempted murder charges for firing into a crowd of nightclub revelers from his apartment window was released Friday on $5,000 cash bail on condition he undergo counseling and not return to the apartment.Sgt. Daniel Cotnoir, 33, pleaded innocent in the shooting last month.The married father of two daughters said he acted in fear for his family’s safety after someone threw an empty bottle through his second-floor bedroom window. Two people were injured in the shooting.Prosecutors said they agreed to Cotnoir’s release with many conditions after reading reports on his psychological state.Cotnoir, who was named “Marine of the Year” by the Marine Corps Times in July, cannot possess firearms, alcohol or non-prescription drugs under terms of the release. He must report to a probation officer twice weekly and have no contact with shooting victims Lissette Cumba, 15, and Kelvin Castro, 20.Prosecutor John Dawley said the two did not oppose Cotnoir’s release under the conditions set by the court.A mortician by trade, Cotnoir had prepared the bodies of dead U.S. soldiers in Iraq for burial. After returning from 10 months in Iraq in November, Cotnoir said the task took a heavy psychological toll.Authorities said Cotnoir would be living at an undisclosed location with family members. His next court date was scheduled for Oct. 21.Vail – Colorado
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