Abuzer Erdem, 27, of St Austell Way, Swindon, was been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment at Swindon Crown Court on Friday 7 June.
Erdem had previously pleaded guilty to wounding / inflicting Grievous Bodily Harm without Intent in relation to an assault which took place on Wood Street, Swindon, on 1 April 2013.
His victim, Sam Rees, 27. The father of one was rushed to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for a brain operation that saved his life. However, he is likely to remain paralysed and dependent on personal care for the rest of his life.
Erdem cannot be considered for release for at least 6 months. Local journalist Daniel J Webb said he was a kebab van worker who had served him many times from an outdoor van on Queens Drive.
Detective Inspector Matt Davey from the Major Crime Investigation unit at Wiltshire Police said: “This was a serious assault which has left the victim with severe physical injuries.
“Abuzer Erdem was swiftly arrested thanks to the robust work of Wiltshire Police officers who were quick to respond to this incident. By entering a guilty plea at the first opportunity, Erdem has accepted some responsibility for his actions which have had a devastating and long-lasting affect on his victim and his family.”
Superintendent Gavin Williams said: “This incident has no doubt shocked and appalled people living and working in Swindon. It was a brutal attack which has had left the victim hospitalised for a substantial amount of time.
“Violent crime in Swindon has dropped by more than a quarter during the past year and I want to reiterate that Wiltshire remains one of the safest counties in the country.
“I would like to really emphasise the importance of people thinking seriously about the consequences of their actions – one thoughtless moment can have long lasting effects on both the victim and carry length custodial sentences for the perpetrator.
“Alcohol tends to be a factor in most serious violent crimes and it is crucial that people consider how alcohol can affect them and, in essence, change their life course for the worse.
“I would finally, like to thank the local community and businesses in and around Wood Street for their assistance and understanding during this investigation.”