EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - At 16-years-old, life is just getting started. For Paris Cornell, most of it will be spent in a prison cell.
On Monday, a jury found Cornell guilty of murder and three other felony charges in the death of 23-year-old Kevin Colon in 2018.
Cornell was tried as an adult.
In the half an hour we spent with Paris Cornell at the Vandeburgh County Jail, we saw a defiant young man.
“I made my mistakes. I didn’t make no mistake that night because I didn’t do nothing that night," Cornell said. “I had to make that clear.”
Cornell was 15 at the time of the crime. The teen says he thinks it was wrong for the state to try him as an adult, and continuously denied pulling the trigger that July morning.
Police found Kevin Colon with a gun-shot wound around 4 in the morning outside a convenience store on Washington Ave.
“The murder wasn’t on the camera, at all,” Cornell said. “The camera’s not even showing nobody shooting a man."
Toward the end of the interview, we asked Cornell what he would say to Colon’s family.
Cornell responded to the testimony Colon’s older brother, Luis Colon, read during Cornell’s sentencing hearing Monday in Vanderburgh County.
“You know what he told me? He said, I don’t hate you, but I’m not going to forgive you, that’s what he told me," Cornell continued. “This what I’m going to tell him: I don’t care if you hate me; I don’t care if you don’t forgive me. Because, I did something that you think that,” he paused. “I don’t know, just, he just, he say something that he thought it was going to get to me. But, it didn’t get to me at all, because I know I’m innocent. So I just sat there and blew it off," Cornell shrugged his shoulders.
We then asked how Cornell plans to spend his sentence.
“To think about how much time you got, that’s what going get to you. When you don’t think about the time you do, do push ups and stuff to get your mind off of it. It’s going fly by, fly by, fly by,” he repeated. "I might even spend the rest of my life in jail. I might not. Because time cuts in prison, a lot of time cuts. You just got to wait and see.”
In the next several weeks, authorities will transfer Cornell to the Indiana Boys School in Plainfield. Cornell will then move on to the state prison once he turns 18.