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Young Guns Defendant Sentenced for Shooting that Paralyzed Teen

During a hearing last week, Young Guns defendant Trequan Braswell was sentenced to 45 years in prison for a shooting that paralyzed a Central Florida teen.

The Young Guns defendant was sentenced under the 10-20-Life mandatory minimum statute and will serve the first 25 years day for day. Braswell was found guilty as charged by a Volusia County jury earlier this month of two counts of Aggravated Battery (Firearm), Aggravated Assault (Firearm) and Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle.

On April 1, 2022, the defendant’s younger brother was in a verbal argument with two other teen boys on Westbrook Drive in Daytona Beach. The parents of the two teen boys came outside and tried to keep them from getting into a physical altercation. However, Braswell’s younger brother called him for help.

The situation escalated when Braswell, who was 19 years old at the time, arrived at the scene. He immediately pulled a handgun out of his pocket and handed it to his girlfriend. The defendant then squared up to one of the teens, but the other teen punched Braswell in an attempt to defend him. The defendant then took his gun and shot at the two teen boys.

One of the victims was shot multiple times, but recovered from his injuries at the hospital. The other was shot in the back and was paralyzed from the chest down. Two bullet holes were also found in the front bumper of the family’s vehicle, which their third son occupied.

“Braswell was sentenced to more mandatory years in prison than he has had years of life,” State Attorney R.J. Larizza said about the defendant. “It is a sad reality of these Young Guns defendants, but our office will continue to make sure they are held accountable for their violent actions.”

The case was investigated by the Volusia Sheriff’s Office. Assistant State Attorneys Sarah Thomas and Haley Mark successfully prosecuted the case for the State. The Honorable Karen Foxman presided over the case and pronounced sentence.

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