BY JENNIFER CABRERA
ALACHUA, Fla. – Adrian Reshard Cushion, 20, has entered into a plea agreement in a case involving the shooting death of 16-year-old Stoney Shine in Alachua on October 31, 2021.
The initial reports indicated that Shine, Cushion, and multiple other subjects became involved in a physical altercation at Maude Lewis Park at about 1:45 p.m. At some point during the altercation, Shine walked away and retrieved a firearm. Shine began walking back toward the crowd when Cushion produced a firearm and fired at Shine, striking him multiple times. Cushion was apprehended a short time later and placed under arrest for the shooting death of Shine and also charged with carrying a concealed firearm without a permit.
At the time, multiple people on social media argued that Cushion had shot in self-defense.
On December 14, a grand jury issued a No True Bill on the homicide charge, finding that Cushion acted in self-defense. However, a True Bill was issued on the charge that he illegally carried a concealed weapon. Cushion posted bond of $30,000 on December 21. Today he entered a plea of nolo contendere to the charge of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.
Judge David Kreider accepted the plea and sentenced Cushion to 100 days in the county jail and 2 years of probation, with credit for 52 days served. Adjudication of guilt on the 3rd-degree felony charge was withheld.