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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has received more than $5 million so far from a settlement over a felled tree in 1984 that left the Republican gubernatorial candidate paralyzed.

Abbott s campaign Friday released the settlement, which currently pays his family about $14,400 a month. Abbott has been in public office since 1992 but has never disclosed the money made from the accident until now.

Abbott was a 26-year-old law student jogging in a Houston neighborhood when a tree fell on him. He lost use of both legs and has used a wheelchair ever since.

Abbott spokesman Matt Hirsch declined immediate comment on the statement s release.

The 55-year-old Abbott is considered the early favorite to replace Gov. Rick Perry in 2014.

The settlement was first obtained by The Texas Tribune.

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