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Troy, NY –Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly announced today that an indictment was handed up for Julian Soto, age 24, and a 17-year-old adolescent offender, both of Troy. Soto and the adolescent offender were both charged with one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class B Violent Felony in violation of Sections 110 and 125.25 (1); one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree, a class C Felony, in violation of Section 265.03 (3) of the Penal Law of the State of New York.

Soto and the juvenile are charged with riddling a home at 24 O’Neil Street, in Troy, with bullets when several rounds entered the home and struck 12 year old Matthew (MJ) Rivera, causing him permanent paralysis.

“With the evidence finally in place, we were able to present this case to a grand jury. We are one step closer to justice for the Rivera family,” said District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly.

Soto and the adolescent offender were arraigned today by Honorable Jennifer Sober and remanded, without bail, to the custody of the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department. Chief Assistant District Attorney Matthew Hauf presented the case to the grand jury.