A year and a half after confessing to shooting the mother of his child nine times, Keith Ammons is heading to prison -- and Gina Williams is sharing the details of her journey exclusively with FOX 9 News.
It's nothing short of astonishing that Williams survived the attack, but despite the fact that her life was changed forever, she has held onto a positive attitude through it all. In fact, she refuses to let anyone take pity on her and plans to continue celebrating how her journey has put life into perspective.
A little wiggle in Williams' left leg represents a huge miles stone.
"My mind is getting some connection there," she said.
On Labor Day in 2011, Williams was paralyzed from the waist down when she was shot nine times with a .45-caliber gun. Her partner of 15 years, Keith Ammons, was upset they were separating and only stopped shooting when the gun jammed.
"Hit my spleen, my intestines, my bowel, my lung, my spine," recalled Williams. "So, a lot of organs were hit. My spleen had to be removed. So, I'm blessed. I'm so blessed ."
Williams first spoke with FOX 9 during her recovery at North Memorial Hospital. At that point, she had undergone three surgeries and a bullet was still lodged in her back. Since then, she's had a fourth surgery and the bullet was removed.
"God was watching over me. He was watching over me. I didn't want to die," she said. "That's all I kept saying: 'I don't know want to die.'"
Ammons' attorney, Nick Gegen, said his client planned to take a plea deal from the start -- but a year and half later and just before trial, Ammons pleaded guilty. On Monday, he was sentenced to 190 months in prison with 559 days of credit.
"He thought it was fair for what he did and he's willing to serve his sentence," said Gegen.
On Thursday, Ammons was moved from the Hennepin County Jail to the prison where he will spend the next 15 years.
"I'm happy, I'm happy," says Williams. "Initially, I thought it was going to be more time, but I'm happy. It's enough time for him to think about what he did."
Meanwhile, Williams is moving on. She moved to a new home, she's back to work and, with help from family members, she continues to push through physical therapy. Despite what doctors say, Williams is determined to walk again.
"I have pain in my legs. Doctors say that's a good sign," Williams said. "God has gotten me through this -- and just having the faith that it is all going to be ok."
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