Botched drug deal that left man paralyzed earns teen an 8-year sentence

An Auburn teen who shot a man during a drug deal last year and left him on life support pleaded guilty last week and will serve more than eight years in prison.

Marvin Junior Chargualaf, 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, first-degree attempted robbery, intimidating a witness and felony harassment Friday and will serve 99 months of flat time.

Just after midnight Nov. 2, Auburn police were dispatched to a crash at 69th Street Southeast and Lakeland Hills Way.

They found the victim in his SUV, complaining of a gunshot wound to his torso.

That wound likely left the man paralyzed from his waist down, and he had to be connected to a respirator to survive, nurses from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle told Pierce County prosecutors.

In the man’s SUV, officers found a bag of marijuana and a .40-caliber shell casing in the front passenger seat. The man admitted to dealing drugs but wouldn’t tell police who shot him.

Police found texts from Chargualaf in the victim’s phone, and another from one of Chargualaf’s friends explaining the shooting.

Chargualaf threatened to kill his friend if he snitched.

Police searched Chargualaf’s bedroom, finding a holster and ammunition for a .40-caliber handgun.

He was then arrested.

Chargualaf denied having shot the victim at first, but then said the drug dealer had tried to rip him off.

The victim tried to push Chargualaf from the SUV, he said, so Chargualaf shot at him twice and hit him once.

A witness told police Chargualaf gave the victim money for marijuana, then pulled the gun on him and demanded both the money and the marijuana.

Chargualaf then dumped the gun in the Green River.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker