Accidental shooting results in prison sentence for Schenectady man
SCHENECTADY A man who accidentally shot himself and a woman in Schenectady last year was sentenced this week to more than five years in prison on a weapons charge, the prosecutor said.
Juan Medina, 25, of Garnerville, pleaded guilty in May to one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. In return, he received a sentence of 51⁄2 years in prison Thursday.
Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago indicated in May she approved the sentence only because the discharge of the weapon was not intentional.
The possession of the gun was illegal because Medina could not legally carry a weapon in New York state due to a previous conviction, prosecutor Amy Monahan said.
Medina was arrested shortly after the Oct. 21, 2012, incident and charged with first-degree assault and other charges. He could have faced as much as 25 years in prison if convicted of the assault charge.
The shooting happened as Medina was visiting a friend at 1311 State St. He and the friend took out their guns and showed them to each other. Medina told the friend he was jumped recently and intended to prevent that from happening again.
At one point, Monahan said, Medina chambered a round. Soon after, He offered to show how he disassembled the gun. During that process, Medina forgot the round was in the chamber and the gun fired.
The bullet went through his hand and into the woman’s abdomen. Medina and the woman had previously ended a relationship but had just reconnected through Facebook, Monahan said Friday.
The woman suffered damage to her kidneys and colon and was hospitalized for 10 days, Monahan has said. Her mobility was also impacted, Monahan said Friday. She lost her job and apartment and had to move in with her mother.
“She truly suffered, really,” Monahan said. “She’s really lucky to be alive.”
The woman has since made a recovery, though a slow one, she said, adding the victim is satisfied with the resolution.