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Jury says shoplifter was responsible for getting himself shot

A jury found that the majority of the responsibility for Dewberry's injuries was his own.
A jury found that the majority of the responsibility for Dewberry's injuries was his own.
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On Thursday, a jury in El Paso County's 4th Judicial District Court determined that shoplifter Bryson Dewberry bore most of the responsibility for the injuries he sustained in a 2010 shooting outside a Colorado Springs liquor store. The Colorado Springs Gazette reported that 65 percent of the blame for Dewberry being shot in the face was his own, while 35 percent of the blame belonged to store owner Chang Ho Yi. Because of this, Dewberry is not entitled to the monetary damages he was seeking from Yi through a civil lawsuit.

Yi reportedly shot Dewberry at pointblank range after Dewberry stole a bottle of vodka from his store, causing serious damage to Dewberry's jaw. Dewberry claimed that he had incurred numerous medical bills because of the shooting and subsequent surgeries to repair the damage and that he had been unable to continue pursuing his planned career as a rapper. Yi claimed that the shooting was self defense and that he had been struck in the head as he chased the shoplifter from the store.

Dewberry was never charged for shoplifting or for striking Yi in the head, the Gazette reported.