Bashir
Bashir

Seventeen-year-old Jihad Bashir had already amassed an extensive felony record on Sept. 6, 2011, the day he shot a middle-aged York City man in the face, according to his prosecutor.

"He is one of those rare individuals who was able to achieve the status of 'repeat felon' before the age of 18," chief deputy prosecutor Dave Sunday said. "You actually have to put in a lot of effort to do that."

Bashir can now add attempted homicide to his list of crimes. On Jan. 17, a jury convicted him of that charge as well as aggravated assault; both are first-degree felonies.

And although his prior exploits were always handled in juvenile court, Bashir, now 19, was tried as an adult for shooting 48-year-old Antoine Breeland in the face.

He faces a maximum sentence of 20 to 40 years in state prison, Sunday said. Sentencing is set for March 3, according to court records.

Life changed: The shooting turned Breeland's world upside down, the prosecutor said.

Bashir's bullet cost Breeland one eye, plus half the vision in his other eye, according to Sunday.

"As a result of the gunshot wound, Mr. Breeland lost a lot of his mobility and wound up having multiple infections a number of times," the prosecutor said, including pneumonia and sepsis.

Earlier this month, doctors were forced to amputate one of Breeland's legs because of medical complications, according to Sunday.

The prosecution was armed with about 9,000 pages of Breeland's medical records for trial, he said.

'Disgusted': "I have run out of words to describe how appalling it is that someone in our society, in today's world, in York, Pa., will walk up to someone in the street and shoot them in the face," Sunday said. "I have gone from repulsed to disgusted to sad ... to fearful for other people in the community."

It's believed Bashir shot Breeland because the victim's nephew is friends with a group of people who previously shot Bashir, according to the prosecutor.

"Based on trial testimony, we know Bashir himself was shot two weeks before the shooting of Antoine Breeland," Sunday said, and the two shootings happened about a block apart.

Wouldn't cooperate: "When police talked to (Bashir) about his shooting, he refused to cooperate with them," the prosecutor said.

Testimony revealed Bashir approached Breeland — who was merely standing in the 200 block of Jefferson Avenue, near his home — and asked where the man's nephew was, Sunday said; the two then apparently exchanged words.

That's when Bashir pulled out a gun, pointed it at Breeland's face and pulled the trigger, Sunday said.

At trial, the defense argued Bashir didn't shoot Breeland, according to the prosecutor, who said the teen's stepfather and one of his friends took the stand as alibi witnesses, claiming Bashir was with them when Breeland was shot.

'Compelling' witness: Breeland made a compelling witness for the prosecution, according to Sunday.

He testified he initially didn't give police Bashir's name because he planned to "take care of it" himself, Sunday said.

Breeland eventually realized his health issues made personal retribution impossible, which is when he told detectives it was Bashir who'd shot him, the prosecutor said.

Bashir awaits trial on two cases in which he is accused of dealing drugs in York City, court records state.

First assistant public defender Clasina Houtman, who represents Bashir, did not return phone messages seeking comment.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.