Man accused of shooting Hawley teen sentenced to 30 years

Michael Higgins, 21, also receives $10,000 fine

ABILENE, Texas - A man accused of shooting a Hawley teenager in 2012 was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison and received a $10,000 fine.

Michael Higgins, 21, was found guilty Wednesday in connection with a shooting that left Lloyd "Trey" Shelton III of Hawley paralyzed from the waist down.

Higgins received his punishments in the  350th District Court. He faced anywhere from 5 years to 99 years (or life) in prison.

Doctors said Shelton's spine was severed during the February 2012 shooting in the 800 block of Sammons in south Abilene.

Authorities have alleged Higgins and three others lured Shelton to the location and then attempted to take drugs and money from him. Shelton allegedly was shot when he attempted to flee.

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