Veteran Buys Christmas Presents for Family of Man Who Shot and Paralyzed Him

Veteran Chris Sanna refuses to let his injury dampen his Christmas spirit.

Chris Sanna

By Nancy Flory Published on December 19, 2016

An Army veteran was shot and paralyzed last year by a guy who robbed him and his girlfriend — and he’s showing Christ-like forgiveness to the shooter’s family this Christmas.

Chris Sanna was shot in September, 2015, after he and his girlfriend were robbed at gunpoint while they walking back to his car from a Cardinal’s game, KMOV reported. A black sedan pulled up beside them and the driver got out and demanded his girlfriend’s purse. “After she gave him her purse, he pulled a gun,” said Candis Sanna, Chris’ mother. “That’s when they turned to run, and he shot at them twice.”

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Candis and Chris Sanna at a Cardinal’s game.

Chris Sanna was paralyzed by the bullets, which went through his spine and also pierced his liver and lungs. Shooter Kilwa Jones was convicted in July of five felony counts and sentenced to 35 years in federal prison.

Chris hasn’t let the injury dampen his Christmas spirit and spoke to KMOV last Wednesday about his relationship with the family. “We’re supposed to get together, I got them gift cards and stuff for Christmas,” he said. “We’re just trying to get the [state] trial and stuff out of the way.”

He empathizes with his shooter’s family about seeing Jones behind bars this Christmas. “They’re going to have to visit him in jail, and he probably wishes that night never happened just like I do.”

The judge in Jones’ case gave him until last Friday to make a plea decision on the state charges.

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