Man Sentenced To 25 Years For Shooting, Victim Faces Him In Court


UPDATED: Tuesday February 12, 2013 6:42 AM

It took the shooter just a split second to pull the trigger, and Regina Mitchell must live with the consequences for the rest of her life.

Mitchell has always been the family caretaker.

“Caretaker of the family, caretaker of family and friends, it doesn't matter. Anybody off the street could just come and get something to eat. That's just the way she was,” said her daughter, Kelly Shelton.

On March 9, 2011, Mitchell was making dinner when bullets came flying through the window at the East 7th Ave. home.

The shots were intended for Mitchell’s grandson, allegedly for a fight about a girl.

Dasmine Swinson, 23, had shot Mitchell in the back.

Doctors told Mitchell that she would never be able to walk again.

The woman, who was used to being the caretaker, now has to rely on the near-constant care of others.

“The pressure wounds, not being able to use the bathroom by herself, not being able to cook, not being able to put her clothes on,” said Shelton.

She has also had numerous surgeries and doctor’s visits.

"That's what my life is like now,” said Mitchell.

On Monday, she faced the man who sentenced her to a lifetime in a wheelchair, as he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

"I don't have any hatred for the poor child. I don't feel anger. I feel really disappointed. I just wish there was less violence in the world,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell and her daughter said even though they don't feel anger toward Swinson, they still believe he needs to serve his time.

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