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Teen sentenced to life in prison for 2014 shooting, victim forgives him

Keyon Malik Morman, (Source: Chatham County Jail) Keyon Malik Morman, (Source: Chatham County Jail)

A Savannah man is sentenced to life in prison. The man he once left for dead, is thankful justice has been served.

For the past two years, Victor Maynor has been recovering in more ways than one after he nearly lost his life at gunpoint to a teenager, who will likely now spend the rest of his life in prison.

"I was right at death's door. As a matter of fact, I passed out for a time, and my lungs collapsed. I was out for about an hour, and they woke me back up. They brought me back,” said Maynor.

On Aug. 2nd, 2014, life changed for the 52-year-old who's known to many by his DJ name "Victor Shawn". The local disc jockey was at his restaurant around 6 that morning when then 17-year-old Keyon Malik Morman, robbed Maynor and tried to kill him by shooting him in the back of the neck.

Nerve damage left his right arm paralyzed, and doctors didn't know if he'd walk again. For almost two years, he's been beating the odds.

"I'm adamant that I'm going to get better. They've given me another three to five years for the nerves to continue to generate, because at one time I could not move my arm at all, but I can move it now, I can lift it,” said Maynor.

Although that arm may never be the same again, Maynor is still spinning records. Now he just does it one-handed.

Thursday was one more step toward the justice Maynor has waited months for. A judge sentenced Morman to life in prison plus 35 years.

Last month he was found guilty of shooting Maynor and was convicted on several counts, including criminal attempt to commit murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

But Maynor says he forgives the teenager who tried to kill him, and now he just hopes this sends a message to other young people that "the streets" have nothing to offer and that life isn't a game.

"It's time to make a stand against this type of violence in the city. It has been a revolving door, people going to prison and they're back out and in a few years they're committing the same crimes. It's time to - once we get them there, we keep them there,” said Maynor.

WTOC contacted to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles Thursday. They say several variables go into determining exactly when Morman would be eligible for parole, but we do know this: per state law, he will serve at minimum 30 years, if not more, before he can even go before the parole board.

That means he'll be nearly the age of his victim when his first chance at freedom comes up.

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