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Goetz’ Victim Pleads Guilty to Theft From Video Machines

April 26, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ Troy Canty, one of four teen-agers shot last December by Bernhard Goetz, pleaded guilty Friday to charges stemming from an earlier incident, theft of $14 worth of quarters from a video game machine.

Canty, 19, admitted possession of stolen property and petty larceny after Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Bonnie Wittner indicated she would not sentence him to jail.

Ms. Wittner gave Canty a conditional discharge and, in effect, put him on probation for a year. If he is not arrested and cooperates in a rehabilitation program over the next year, she said she would dismiss the charges.

Police said Canty was grabbed Dec. 4 by the manager of a bar after he pried open a video game machine with a screwdriver. He could have received up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Nearly three weeks after his arrest in the case, Canty and three companions were shot by Goetz after they approached him on a subway train and asked for money.

Goetz faces attempted murder charges in the incident, which left one youth, Darrell Cabey, paralyzed from the waist down.

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