Sentencing for convicted suspect after being shot during attempted robbery

CREATED Apr 8, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - His robbery career came to a close when a witness fired shots at him.

On Monday, convicted criminal Dierre Cotton was expected to be sentenced.

Cotton is one of two men charged in the highly publicized grocery store robbery in Milwaukee.

He tried to rob an Aldi's grocery store near the corner of North 76th Street and West Fond du Lac Avenue.

Cotton used a gun while demanding money.

Then, customer Nazir Al-Mujaahid pulled out a gun and started to shoot.

The customer was later cleared under the concealed carry law.  He'd owned a permit for two weeks.

It happened months after the new law went into effect.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's office cleared that customer, despite signs at the grocery store banning guns from the property.

"I'm not suffering any consequences for practicing my constitutional right to protect myself," said Al-Mujaahid.

"There was no fear of charges in my opinion."

A judge could sentence Cotton to up to 40 years in prison.