A security guard shot by a Scottish teenager fears he will never get justice after the boy wins a battle to prevent being sent back to the US.
Daniel Magee was only 19 years old when he was caught and confessed to the cops that he shot Edward Earls in the leg at a drunk frat party.
Daniel fled Texas and hid with relatives in Aberdeen before being arrested and facing a lengthy legal battle to get him back to the states.
But Sheriff Nigel Ross refused the extradition, deciding that it would be a violation of his human rights.
Daniel, now 24, has been released from custody and can start a new life.
Edward, 47, nearly died the night he was shot and was horrified when told of the decision.
He said, “His human rights should never have touched that. What about my human rights? He ruined my life. Justice must be restored.
“I went from a person who had two jobs to a person who has nothing. I am always in pain and I struggle to walk.
“For me, everything was mixed up, but this guy was able to leave the city and go to a completely different country. He obviously doesn’t care about me or what he did. This is not true.”
Father-of-six Edward was working for the Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Texas in 2016 when he was told to kick out bully Daniel.
About half an hour later, another guy, whom he did not recognize, asked him to follow him, but he did not attach any importance to this.
Edward said, “The guy opened the door for me and stepped back. I thought it was strange.
“I heard two shots. Daniel shot me, but I didn’t know I was being shot.
“I saw college kids running and screaming and my instinct told me to run, but then I felt very weak.
“I looked down and saw two different holes on the leg. Blood spattered. I lost consciousness and woke up in the hospital.
“The doctor told me that the bullet was less than an inch from the main artery. I am very lucky to be alive.
“He fired twice. There were many students running around. Anything could happen.
“He’s lucky they only shot me.”
‘LUCKED TO BE ALIVE’
Edward had to undergo several surgeries over two years to save his leg and spent six months in a wheelchair.
He has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, he is afraid of loud noises and night walks.
He told the Scottish Sun that the lawsuit ended with Daniel awarding him $2.5 million in damages.
But Edward said, “I didn’t see a dime of it. He has no money.
“Bringing him back to the US would make a big difference because my lawyers could confiscate everything he owns. But at the moment, it’s unlikely that I’ll get anything.”
U.S. court documents say Daniel was drunk and drugged at the party and confessed to the police.
He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and faced up to 99 years in prison, but was released on $50,000 bail.
RUN IN SCOTLAND
It is claimed that he cut off his ankle bracelet and was able to return to Scotland, where he grew up with his oilman father.
After several years on the run, Daniel’s lawyers argued that the conditions in American prisons were too cruel and their cells were too small.
Edinburgh beak Nigel Ross expressed concern and refused to send Daniel back when the Texas Prison Service refused to assure what conditions he would be held in.
Edward’s fiancée, Shiavonda Tennon, said, “How can he get away with it?
“It looks like white privilege. If it was a white person, you can be sure they would have made sure they were extradited.
“But because he was white, he could come here, shoot somebody and just walk away.”
Magee lawyer Paul Dunn said: “Every other country in the developed world and even some dictatorships allow international inspectors into their prison systems to monitor their conditions.
“It’s a completely foreign concept in America.”
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