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Homer man gets 15 years for shooting at house

Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Homer man who said he shot at his neighbors because he was mad about snowmachiners crossing his property was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for assault.

John Powell was sentenced to 20 years in prison with five years suspended as part of a plea agreement. He pleaded no contest to three counts of third-degree assault and one count of misconduct involving a weapon for firing into an occupied dwelling one night in April 2001.

At his sentencing, he read a long statement complaining about snowmachines crossing his land and damaging the environment, said assistant district attorney John Wolfe.

He told the court he fired into the house of two young neighbors because he heard them making rooster noises and thought the sounds were directed at him, Wolfe said.

His neighbors said they were terrified as bullets flew into their cabin one night. Powell also fired at a passing snowmachiner.

No one was injured in the incident, which ended when a state trooper persuaded Powell to surrender his gun.



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