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The Nation

Lawyers for so-called “Death Wish” gunman Bernhard H. Goetz said he will plead not guilty and ask for reduction of his $50,000 bail at an arraignment in Manhattan on charges of illegal weapons possession. A grand jury Jan. 25 indicted Goetz, 37, on charges of possession of an unlicensed loaded pistol at the time of the Dec. 22 shootings of four young black men who demanded $5 from him on a subway train. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted on the felony charges. The grand jury declined to indict Goetz on attempted murder charges.


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