CADDO MILLS -- Justin Brazil of Caddo Mills still has a hard time driving on Highway 380, and especially standing at the spot - right in front of Princeton High School - where he was shot.
Brazil was the victim of a road-rage incident in 2011.
But on Friday, Brazil says he had a small victory.
The man who shot him, Bobby Schule of Flower Mound, was convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was facing charges of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
“I looked right at him and I said, 'I forgive you Bobby,' and he shook his head ‘yeah,’” said Brazil, talking about the few words he said while on the stand.
On Dec. 16, 2011, police said Brazil's friend, driving a Ford Taurus, cut off a Ford pickup truck driven by Bobby Schule. Investigators said for the next 10 miles, the truck followed the Taurus before Schule opened fire, shattering the Taurus’ back window and hitting Brazil in the passenger seat.
Brazil has very visible scars: the left side of his body has paralysis; his hand remains clenched and is difficult to move. There are still bullet fragments lodged in his skull.
“When I woke up, I didn't know if I was alive or dead -- honestly I didn't,” Brazil said of coming out of a coma four days after the shooting.
He spoke to News 8 about the shooting in Jan. 2012 after he was released from the hospital.
He knows the recovery will take a long time. He’s seen multiple specialists, and tried so many treatments for his hand and the paralysis with little success. Moreover, he said life is difficult when you can’t provide for his wife and four kids.
“It's hard... My wife does most of it," Brazil said. "My hats off to her -- she does it all."
He said the one positive thing that came out of all of this is that he found God. He was baptized just recently, and said that’s given him renewed hope for his future.