Man gets 20 years for Gulfport shooting that paralyzed teen

Jabari Thompson
Jabari Thompson

GULFPORT -- A 19-year-old has received a 20-year prison term for shooting another teenager in the back, leaving him paralyzed.

Jabari Thompson was sentenced Monday on a guilty plea to aggravated assault for a shooting on West George Street the night of Oct. 11, 2014.

Judge Chris Schmidt imposed the maximum penalty allowed by law during the hearing in Harrison County Circuit Court, District Attorney Joel Smith said.

Police had responded to several 911 calls of a shooting about 10:30 p.m. and found a wounded teenager unable to move.

The victim and his passenger identified Thompson as someone they knew, and picked him out of a photo lineup.

At Thompson's plea hearing April 4, the victim told the court he is paralyzed from the chest down and will never walk again, Smith said.

The victim's grandmother told the court she had to quit working to care for him.

Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker argued for the maximum penalty, Smith said, and told the judge it is senseless and brutal to shoot an unarmed person in the back.

"Although the young victim will never fully recover from the injuries sustained at the hands of his attacker, the maximum sentence handed down by the court demonstrates once again that senseless and brutal assaults will be dealt with firmly," Smith said.