A York City resident who was a teen when he shot a 48-year-old man in the face will likely be middle-aged himself by the time he is released from state prison.
At 17 years old, Jihad Bashir had already amassed an extensive felony record on Sept. 6, 2011, the day he shot Antoine Breeland in the face, according to chief deputy prosecutor Dave Sunday.
On Thursday, Bashir was sentenced to 20 to 40 years, the maximum sentence possible for the shooting, according to his attorney, first assistant public defender Clasina Houtman.
"There's a big loss here for two families," she said. "It's very sad all around."
A jury on Jan. 17 convicted Bashir of attempted homicide and aggravated assault.
Life changed: 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 has said, including pneumonia and sepsis.
In January, doctors were forced to amputate one of Breeland's legs because of medical complications, Sunday said.
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 standing in the 200 block of Jefferson Avenue, 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, Houtman 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.
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