Vernon man sentenced to three terms in prison

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A man Vernon police say fired shots into a crowd that left one person paralyzed is now sentenced to three terms in prison.

Carl Venerable, 28, was sentenced by district judge Dan Mike Bird to 10 years for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, eight-years for unlawful possession of a gun, and six-years for bail jumping.

Those sentences will be served concurrently.

On July 5, 2016, Vernon Police say people at a party at a home on Wanderer Street were arguing with people in a car.

Witnesses said those in the car left saying they were coming back with weapons.

About 20 minutes later, Venerable and several others returned.

Shots were fired into the crowd, and one struck Zachary Torrez in the chest, leaving him paralyzed.      

Venerable told police he did not have a gun, but later admitted he did have a 40-caliber pistol.

40-caliber shell casings were found at the scene, and witnesses say they saw Venerable with a gun.

After Venerable was charged, posted bail, and could not be found.

Then, more than six months later, police got word Venerable could be staying with a woman in Wichita Falls and they surrounded the home on Bayberry Drive.

Police say Venerable ran out the back, but officers were waiting and arrested him.

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