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Gang member sentenced in shooting that left victim paralyzed

A man convicted in a gang-related shooting that left the victim paralyzed has been sentenced to 42 years to life in prison.

Joseph Fair, 41, was convicted in July of attempted murder and assault with a firearm. The jury also found that he had personally used a firearm, personally and intentionally discharged a firearm causing great bodily injury and paralysis, and that he committed the offenses for the benefit and at the direction of a criminal street gang, the Del Paso Heights Bloods, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Fair was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman.

On Dec. 12, 2014, the victim and his brother went to what the District Attorney’s Office said was a well-known DPH Bloods hangout on Marysville Boulevard in Del Paso Heights. When a DPH Blood member started a fight with the victim, the victim was thrown out of the club.

Fair followed the victim outside and shot him the back. The bullet damaged the victim’s spine and aorta, resulting in permanent paralysis, the news release said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy