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“The victim in this case was severely injured and may be a paraplegic for the rest of his life because of the incident...”
These were the words spoken by state prosecutors back in May 2012, when Carlos Arellano was in court and found out he was facing an attempted second degree murder charge.
Now, nearly ten months later, the case has finally been put to rest. Arellano was sentenced to five years in an Arizona state prison Wednesday morning, after he pleaded guilty to the crime.
During earlier court proceedings when his bond was set at $500,000, Arellano had to be physically removed from the courtroom as he tried to plead his case in front of the judge.
The sentence stems from an incident last May when Arellano shot 47-year-old Guss Kasper at the Walnut Avenue Trailer Park in Yuma.
The gunshot wound left Kasper paralyzed from the mid-torso down, and he will remain in a wheelchair the rest of his life.
After Arellano was sentenced, Kasper appeared in the courtroom and the two made eye contact, after which he delivered a statement, forgiving Arellano.
“I wish it hadn’t happened,” he said. But with forgiveness you can forgive all. I hope he can turn his life around, and I hope things work out for him.”