Man accused of shooting University of SC student sentenced to 10 years on federal charge


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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — A man accused of shooting and wounding a University of South Carolina student has been sentenced on a federal weapons charge.

On Friday, a judge sentenced Michael Juan Smith to 10 years in federal prison.

Smith pleaded guilty in February to being a felon in possession of a weapon. He is accused of shooting and wounding Martha Childress as she waited for a taxi in Columbia's Five Points neighborhood in October.

The teen was not the intended victim and is now paralyzed below the waist. Childress has been in recovery and hopes to re-enroll at the university.

Smith also faces state charges including aggravated assault.

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