WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - His bullets left a 15-year-old boy paralyzed. Now, Gregory Adams will spend 20 to 26 years behind bars for the crime.
Adams was convicted and sentenced Thursday on charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The victim, Rayquan Daniels, was Adams' neighbor. Witnesses said after a conversation, Daniels walked away from Adams, who shot him in the back five times.
The shooting in August 2012 left him paralyzed from the neck down and confined to a wheelchair.
Daniels, who is now 17, took the stand on the first day of the trial, along with members of his family and the police officer that responded to the scene.
Adams claimed he shot Daniels in self-defense.
Jurors reached a unanimous verdict after two hours of deliberations.
"We are pleased with today's verdict and the tough sentence that was handed down," District Attorney Ben David said. "One day Mr. Adams will get out of prison but this victim will never get out of his wheelchair. No amount of punishment can match the misery brought about by this senseless act of violence."
"The perseverance of the victim is inspiring," Assistant District Attorney Connie Jordan added. "He was just a kid when he experienced this crime and the love and support of his family and friends have meant everything."
Adams was apparently high on PCP at the time of the shooting.