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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  • Dave_from_Florida

    This is exactly why the NFL, NCAA, and MLB should change their rules on banning firearms in their stadiums if a person is a legal conceal carry license holder. This thug preyed on people leaving the game because he knew they weren’t armed if they just left the game. I feel the same way when I leave a game because the stadiums are generally in bad neighborhoods and you have to park a mile or more away in some places. LSU is the worse place to go if you want to avoid being robbed or your vehicle broken into and I will NEVER go there for a night game. I hope they give him the max because he had no reason to shoot anyone and did it only out of meanness.

  • troon62

    Truly remarkable story! The ultimate Christmas message of love! May the Lord bless and keep the amazing Chris Sanna and his family!

  • Cindy Preisser

    Bless this young man for his forgiving spirit. I don’t think I could do that.

  • Elena

    Well done, good and faithful servant of the Lord!

  • JeaneW

    Congratulations to Chris Sanna’s parents who have done a marvelous job raising their son. If only such generosity of spirit would be taught to all our sons & daughters.

    “To err is human; to forgive Divine” … and not only divine, but a virtue extremely difficult to practice. Most of us fall short, myself included, even when it comes to ‘forgiving’ the minor irritations / hurt feelings that our spouses or children cause. To forgive someone who has paralyzed you is heroic.

    God bless the Sanna family, and the family of the man who shot him

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