Paralyzed Ohio man relieved with prison sentence

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio father of five who was paralyzed from the chest down after being shot during a drug robbery says he's relieved his alleged shooter has been sentenced to 32 years in prison.

Joseph Brandon Elliott of Newark was selling marijuana from his home on Jan. 22 when prosecutors say three men robbed him, and one of them shot him in the back.

The (Newark) Advocate reports ( ) that the alleged shooter, 34-year-old Willie Qirat, was sentenced to 32 years in prison this past week.

Qirat's attorney didn't return calls for comment.

Two other men were sentenced to nine years for their role in the robbery.

Twenty-eight-year-old Elliott says he's grateful to be alive but disappointed that he'll likely never be able to walk his daughters down the aisle.


Information from: The Advocate,

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