A judge on Monday sentenced a Las Vegas man to a minimum of 7 years in prison in the shooting of a Chinatown waiter before Christmas last year.
KLAS reports that Rashawn Gaston-Anderson, 24, could serve as many as 18 years as part of a plea agreement.
Chengyan Wang suffered multiple injuries and said he has been unable to return to work since being shot multiple times.
“His criminal behavior is very inhuman, and he tried to murder me,” Wang said to the judge through an interpreter, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
District Judge Joseph Bonaventure could have issued a harsher sentence, but that would have also meant Gaston-Anderson could have withdrawn his guilty plea.
“I don’t know if it’s enough. You really suffered,” Bonaventure said about the deal to Wang.
The waiter had stayed after hours to mop the floor when prosecutors say Gaston-Anderson entered. Wang, whose English is limited, said the gunman yelled something about money. He recalls standing there in shock, before being shot.
“Physically, I’m kind of recovered,” he said, after the hearing. “However, my muscles and my nerves are still in pain, and I still am going through physical therapy right now.”
A Go Fund Me campaign set up by the Asian Chamber of Commerce raised $58,000 for a recovery fund.
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