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PLATTE CITY, Mo. — A teenager is sentenced to serve more time than he’s been alive for shooting a girl over $20 worth of marijuana.

Prosecutors said Jay Palmer was 15 years old when he shot a 17-year-old girl in the head. A Platte County judge sentenced Palmer to 26 years in prison.

In May, a jury convicted Palmer of second-degree assault, stealing, and two counts of armed criminal action.

Court documents show Palmer arranged to buy $20 worth of marijuana from the victim at Homestead Park in Riverside on December 30, 2020.

Prosecutors alleged Palmer and the victim got into a fight over the payment for the drugs, and that’s when prosecutors said Palmer shot her above her left eye.

According to court documents, the victim spent months in the hospital. She remains partially paralyzed, blind in one eye, and can only communicate using one or two-word sentences.

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