Daniel Thurston received a life sentence that day in October when he was shot in the neck, his mother said in court Thursday.The 19-year-old will never stand, walk or play soccer, his favorite sport, she said.“Danny is paralyzed for life,” Deborah Thurston told a judge. “There is no reprieve, no parole.”By that comparison, his assailant got off easy. Damian R. Grover, 17, of Vancouver was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison in connection with the robbery and shooting of Thurston at a Hazel Dell apartment complex.Grover pleaded guilty to first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and theft of a firearm. Clark County Superior Court Judge John Nichols acknowledged how the sentence did little to ease the family’s sorrow or change the situation. Because of the seriousness of Thurston’s injuries and because drug activity was involved, the judge decided on a sentence near the high point of the sentencing range of 15 years to just more than 18 years, which includes a five-year firearm enhancement.Thurston’s defense attorney, Gerry Wear, had asked for a punishment of 15 years, citing his client’s youth and his relatively clean past.While the teen had no violent history, he increasingly was caught up in the drug world, the judge pointed out. Grover shot Thurston during a drug rip-off the evening of Oct. 19 at the Parklane Apartments, 10205 N.E. Notchlog Drive. Both are former students of Columbia River High School.“This is what happens,” Nichols said. “This is our lost society: drugs and guns. We are killing ourselves with a thousand little cuts.”Friends of Grover planned to meet Thurston at Sacajawea Elementary School, 700 N.E. 112th St., to obtain marijuana. After meeting up with Thurston, Grover arranged to get together with him later at a friend’s apartment complex to pay him for the drugs, investigators said in court documents.Grover stole a revolver from a family friend with a plan to rob Thurston, according to court records.When Thurston arrived at the apartment complex, Grover brandished the revolver and ordered Thurston to hand over his backpack and marijuana. After Thurston refused, Grover allegedly fired the gun at him and fled.
Teen gets more than 17 years in shooting
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