Girl in mistaken identity case left paralyzed after shot to face

A Tarleton State University student is paralyzed after being shot in a case of mistaken identity.

Jamie Richards-Hogland’s parents released a statement to the Dallas Morning News in which they revealed that their daughter is paralyzed from the shoulders down.

The 19-year-old’s spine was severed when she was shot inside her Stephenville, Texas, apartment on Dec. 10 by Shawn Patrick Layton, who’s been described as a “disgruntled” marijuana buyer.

A neighbor allegedly admitted that he may have been the intended target of Layton, WFAA reports. 

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Her mother and father claim she’s “endured a tremendous amount of pain, frustration and anxiety” as a result of the incident.

“We would like to thank our family, friends, first responders and members of the medical community who have worked diligently to care for our daughter,” Richards-Hogland’s parents said.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas/2018/01/09/tarleton-state-student-shot-face-case-mistaken-identity-paralyzed-parents-say

Shawn Patrick Layton has been accused of shooting a 19-year-old college student in the face after mistaking her for someone else in a drug-related discrepency.

(Erath County Sheriff’s Department)

“We feel extremely blessed that Jamie is alive and we continue to pray for a miracle to occur.”

While Richards-Hogland recovers in a Houston-area hospital, undergoing therapy, a GoFundMe account has been set up to help with medical expenses.

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The account has raised more than $13,000 so far.

Layton, 26, is currently being held at Erath County jail on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and drug possession charges.

His bail is currently set at $805,000.

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