Gang member sentenced for shooting that partially paralyzed high school girl in Aurora

AURORA, Colo. - A gang member who thought he was shooting at a rival gang but ended up partially paralyzing a high school student has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Twenty-year-old Luis Enrique Guzman-Rincon, an illegal immigrant, was sentenced Friday. He was convicted in August of six counts of attempted murder with extreme indifference in connection with a shooting into a group of students across from the school.

Prosecutors say that on Dec. 6, 2010, Guzman-Rincon was in a car whose passengers got in an argument with another group of people believed to be in a rival gang at East 11th Avenue at Newark Street, just north of campus. The students weren't part of the argument or either gang.

However prosecutors say Guzman-Rincon fired toward the group as the vehicle drove by, striking high school senior Karina Vargas in the torso. Her ribs, liver and lungs were damaged before the bullet lodged in her spine.