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Man who shot stray bullet that paralyzed teenage girl gets 35 years

AURORA, Colo. — Karina Vargas says being in court Friday brought her back to that day in December of 2010.

She was standing with friends outside Aurora Central High School when she says two rival gangs drove by each other. One of them started shooting.

“It was hard to talk about in court, especially the part when my friend picked me up and I couldn’t move,” said Vargas.

A single bullet pierced the teenager’s torso, paralyzing her.

Police arrested Luis Guzman Rincon. In August, a jury convicted him of six counts of attempted first degree murder.

“I feel like this happened to make me a batter person,” Vargas said. “I forgive him.”

Vargas continues with physical therapy and hopes one day she will walk again. Vargas’ family cannot afford therapy and so Vargas put herself through the rigors of self-taught therapy at home.