21-year-old Michael K Higgins has been sentenced to 30 years for shooting then 17-year-old Lloyd Shelton III in the back in February of 2012.
Higgins shot Shelton as he was running away after Higgins and three others attempted to rob Shelton of cash and drugs.
Shelton remains paralyzed from the chest down due to the incident.
In addition to the 30 years, Higgins also now owes $10,404 in court costs.
04/02/14 10:23 p.m. Update
Higgins has been convicted of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He will face sentencing in the morning.
04/02/14 4:59 p.m. Update
The jury is deciding the guilt or innocence of Michael Higgins, the man accused of shooting another man in the back in February of 2012, paralyzing him.
Higgins has been on trial since Tuesday and is charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
lloyd Shelton III was shot in the back after Higgins and three others allegedly lured him to a home on Salmons Street in Abilene with the plan of robbing him of drugs and money.
When Shelton turned to run, Higgins allegedly shot him in the back.
We will update this story once a verdict is reached.
03/26/14 Original Story
A pre-trial hearing took place today for a man who allegedly shot a then 17-year-old in the back in early February 2012.
In early 2012, 21-year-old Michael K Higgins was indicted on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly shooting then 17-year-old Lloyd Shelton III, who, according to his family, was then paralyzed from the chest down.
According to the arrest warrant, Higgins told police after his arrest that he had enlisted three others also indicted in the case on robbery charges—now 19-year-old Hailey Morgan Patterson, 21-year-old Jon Michael Patterson and 21-year-old James Miller—to lure Shelton into a residence on the 800 block of Sammons Street so Higgins could fight him.
The plan then devolved into robbing Shelton of his drugs and money and then, as Shelton tried to run away, Higgins allegedly shot him in the back.
The pre-trial hearing was held to determine whether or not Higgins’ statements to the police would be admissible during his trial. The judge determined Wednesday that they were not.