A judge sentenced an 18-year-old to 15 years in prison Thursday for firing a gun that struck a 15-year-old boy in the leg as he walked home from school near Lacey in January.
Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon handed down Terrell Fox's sentence immediately after Fox pleaded guilty to first-degree assault, second-degree assault and third-degree assault in connection with the drive-by shooting.
By pleading guilty to the crimes, Fox admitted he fired five shots from a vehicle, hitting the 15-year-old with one bullet. Two bystanders who were with the 15-year-old were unhurt by the gunfire.
A second teen, Victor Torres, also was sentenced in early July to 15 years in prison for his role in the drive by. Torres drove the getaway vehicle.
A prosecutor has said Torres led the "hunt" for the 15-year-old on a rainy day in January because he was angry about the 15-year-old getting the better of him in a schoolyard fight.
Fox, Torres and the 15-year-old shooting victim were all students at River Ridge High School. Torres and the 15-year-old had a longstanding history of fighting one another, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Wayne Graham has said.
Graham said in court Thursday that Fox had no longstanding "beef" with the shooting victim, but nonetheless agreed to supply a handgun and shoot the 15-year-old.
Fox apologized in court Thursday, calling his own actions that day "really stupid."
The 15-year-old shooting victim has recovered from his injuries, Graham said
Fox's attorney, Gary Clower, has said that Fox will still be a young man when he gets out of prison, and will have a chance to turn his life around.
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