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TEEN Sentenced After Redding Hunter Shot

Record-Searchlight, CA

December 10, 2003

FAIRFIELD, Idaho - A judge has sentenced an Idaho teenager to 355 days in jail for shooting at a vehicle and paralyzing a Redding hunter in October.

Donald Marty Larison, 19, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of injuring a person with a firearm, the Camas County prosecutors' office said. He was sentenced Monday.

In addition to jail time, he must pay restitution for the medical bills of Donald Ciancio of Redding, who is still recovering from a gunshot to his neck. The amount of restitution hasn't been determined, a prosecutors' spokeswoman said.

Larison was firing a .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun about 10:30 p.m. Oct. 7 outside a cabin near Fairfield, in southwestern Idaho, prosecutors said.

Ciancio, who was heading toward a hunting spot, drove by in a pickup and was shot, suffering paralysis on his right side.

Citing court affidavits, the Twin Falls, Idaho Times-News reported that the drivers' side window suddenly shattered, and that Ciancio grabbed his neck and said he'd been hit. Larison told authorities he didn't realize the pickup had been hit with a bullet until the next day, when he spotted glass on the ground, the newspaper said.

Ciancio's brother, father and two friends drove him to town for medical help. The county sheriff and five other officers arrested Larison the next day.

Larison was first charged with aggravated battery, but the charge was later diminished. He received 180 days in jail for the shooting charge and additional time for violating probation on a previous battery charge.

He has already been credited with 61 days served, meaning he now faces less than 300 days incarceration.

He is being held at the Gooding County Jail.  

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