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Sandwich man pleads not guilty to shooting which left vicitm paralyzed


A man from Sandwich has pleaded not guilty to four counts of attempted first-degree murder, in a shooting earlier this month…which left a man from Plano paralyzed, probably for life.

44-year-old Carl Russell entered the plea in DeKalb County Court on Wednesday; the Daily Chronicle says he also faces charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Authorities say he shot 23-year-old Eric Peterson of Plano at about 12:30 a.m. in a confrontation outside a home where a housewarming party was taking place. 

Witnesses say Peterson was standing up for his girlfriend when Russell opened fire; he lost his right eye, is completely paralyzed on his left side and will likely never be able to walk again.

If convicted, Russell could face up to life in prison.

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