Five Points shooting suspect pleads guilty to federal charges
By India Hill
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:42:50 GMT — COLUMBIA (WACH) - The man accused of shooting and paralyzing 18-year-old University of South Carolina student Martha Childress, plead guilty to federal weapons charge on Wednesday. 20 year-old Michael Juan Smith faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Violent Felony. Smith will remain in jail to face several other charges stemming from the October shooting of Childress in Columbia's Five Points. Smith is charged with several other crimes including Attempted Murder and Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature. Investigators say Smith was caught on surveillance cameras arguing with a group of men on Harden Street, and police say moments later shots were fired. The shooting paralyzed Childress; police say she was not the intended target. More than ten officers were still on patrol in Five Points that night and when they heard gunshots and ran to the threat. Officers reviewed surveillance video of the incident and say Smith was seen on video committing the crime. The gun believed to have been used to commit the crime was reported stolen out of Richland County. Martha has been working hard on her rehabilitation and plans to return to USC.
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