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Man gets 8 years for shooting, paralyzing teen

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A chronic Manitoba criminal has been sentenced to eight years in prison for shooting and paralyzing a teen who was running away from the man's house.

Kyle McKenzie, 25, pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges including discharging a firearm with intent to wound and breaching several court orders, including a weapon prohibition that was supposed to keep him away from any guns.

McKenzie returned to court Tuesday afternoon to learn his fate. Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Dewar gave him credit for 20 months of pre-trial custody, plus another six years, four months behind bars.

The Crown was seeking a 10 and-a-half year total sentence, while defence lawyer Ryan Amy had argued for the mandatory minimum of four years.

McKenzie has a lengthy prior criminal record and was on probation at the time of the January 2011 attack in Seymourville, Manitoba.

Several people burst into his home, disrupted a party he was throwing and assaulted several occupants. That’s when McKenzie grabbed his .22 calibre rifle and opened fire as the group ran from the scene.

The 18-year-old victim was about 150 yards away when he was struck in the throat, court was told. The bullet struck his spine, leaving him a quadriplegic.

www.mikeoncrime.com

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