Man accused of shooting and paralyzing USC student sentenced to 10 years

Michael Juan Smith

COLUMBIA (WACH) â?? 20 year-old Michael Juan Smith has been sentenced to 10 years for federal weapons charges, according to the Columbia Police Department.

Smith is accused of shooting and paralyzing 18-year-old University of South Carolina student, Martha Childress.

Smith will remain in jail to face several other charges stemming from the October shooting of Childress in Columbia's Five Points.

He 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.

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.