RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Piedmont man who admitted shooting his friend and leaving him paralyzed has been sentenced to serve 30 years in prison.

Forty-nine-year-old Michael Wisecarver pleaded guilty late last year to aggravated assault and a weapons charge in the shooting of Chad Arnold in the driveway of his Rapid City home last July. KEVN-TV reports he was sentenced Wednesday.

Prosecutor Lara Roetzel said meth and alcohol fueled Wisecarver to steal a vehicle, drive drunk, and shoot Arnold, who was left in his driveway overnight in the rain.

Defense attorney Matt Stephens said it wasn’t a planned shooting and agreed it resulted from a three-day meth and alcohol binge. He said Wisecarver was mad about a $300 debt Arnold owed him.

Wisecarver also was ordered to pay about $96,000 in restitution.


Information from: KEVN-TV, http://www.kevn.com

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