Gerardo Acevedo told Judge David Wilson he has a hard time remembering things, gets tired easily, and has an irregular heart beat, all because of the fight he had with his former childhood friend, Javier Ortega - a fight that left Acevedo in intensive care for nearly a week.
"I'm struggling to get back to where I was before and I don't think that I'm ever going to be the same as I was," said Acevedo.
Ortega's bosses and teacher pleaded with the court not to give Ortega a prison sentence. Their testimony worked - Judge Wilson gave Ortega 10 years adult probation.
Lufkin High School teacher Betty Lewing said, "You have to pay for what you do. You pay for your mistakes you make and he's going to have to do that. He's already lost a year of his life at school, so that's gotta be made up."
Ortega also took the stand on his behalf; he said he was sorry for kicking his former buddy in the head.
Ortega says he was mad because Acevedo was telling lies about his girlfriend. Acevedo doesn't accept the apology.
"To me, it's just like he got away with it," said Acevedo. "If you think about it, what if it would've been the other way around? I know he still would've been mad at me."
Ortega also gave $800 to help pay Acevedo's medical bills. He says he did it out of friendship, not to get a lighter sentence.