Jadarius Shinholster, once an avid basketball player, now spends his days confined to a wheelchair.
The 22-year-old Macon man last walked Nov. 14, 2010, when he got into the passenger side of a Cutlass Supreme at the Scarlett Carsons nightclub, located on Cavalier Drive just west of Interstate 475 near Mercer University Drive.
Shinholster was shot minutes later by a man firing from a car behind his friends Cutlass. A bullet lodged in his spine, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
The doctors say Ive got a 50-50 chance of recovery, Shinholster said Monday, sitting at the Bibb County Courthouse where he watched Quintavirus A. Foster, 20, plead guilty to shooting him.
In all, Foster pleaded guilty Monday to injuring five people that night and shooting a gun at another person riding in the car with Shinholster.
He also pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault in the Nov. 20, 2010, shooting of a teenage girl on Cleveland Avenue.
At a hearing held in Bibb County Superior Court, Judge Howard Simms sentenced Foster to serve 30 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation.
The judge gave Foster an opportunity to speak before his sentence was announced. Foster, who has been jailed since December 2010, declined to say anything in court.
Foster initially was charged with murder along with three other men in connection with the Cleveland Avenue case. The murder charge was reduced to aggravated assault after 19-year-old Germany Ray, of Macon, pleaded guilty late last year to fatally shooting 20-year-old Denzel Clarke at a party held in the 100 block of Cleveland Avenue.
Prosecutor Sara Roberts said Foster was standing beside Ray and was firing a gun.
The teenage girl was shot in her side and the bullet lodged near her spine, she said.
Cases against 21-year-old Vanshun Terrell Coleman and 23-year-old Terrance Vanderrick Dent Jr., also charged with murder and aggravated assault stemming from the shooting, are pending. Both men have said they plan to accept plea bargains, Roberts said.
Dent and 22-year-old Tony Deshawn Evans also are charged with aggravated assault in the shootings at Scarlett Carsons and for shooting the car on Mercer University Drive in which Shinholster was riding. Their cases also are pending, but both men have said they plan to accept plea bargains, Roberts said.
Shinholster said he remembers men coming up to his friends car in the Scarlett Carsons parking lot as he and his friends were preparing to leave.
A fight broke out.
Shinholster and his friends soon left the parking lot and heard gunfire, he said.
Foster, Evans and Dent got into a car and followed Shinholster and his friends, Roberts said.
On Mercer University Drive, near Log Cabin Drive, Shinholster saw a car coming up closer behind them.
I already knew what was about to happen, he said.
Foster reached out the passenger side window of the car he was riding in and fired shots at Shinholster and his friends, Roberts said.
Shinholster said he heard what he estimates to have been seven to 10 shots. He and the driver were injured by the gunfire. Their friend in the back wasnt injured, he said.
After the shots stopped, the man driving the car with Shinholster kept driving even though the car struck a median and a tire went flat. They kept moving until they found a man nearby who called for help, Shinholster said.
Shinholster stayed in The Medical Center of Central Georgia until Dec. 2, 2010, and then spent two weeks learning how to live life in a wheelchair.
Eighteen months after the shooting, he can feel tingling in his legs when he stretches.
He has hope to walk again one day and be able to play basketball.
But for now, he doesnt have enough strength in his legs to walk on his own.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.