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Associated Press, Published April 09 2012

South Dakota gun show re-enactor sentenced to prison for live rounds incident

RAPID CITY, S.D. — An Old West gun battle re-enactor in South Dakota who wounded three onlookers when he fired live rounds instead of blanks has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.

The Rapid City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Iid8FU ) that Paul Doering of Summerset was taken into custody immediately upon sentencing at federal court in Rapid City on Monday. Doering had faced up to 20 years in prison.

Doering pleaded guilty in January to a charge of tampering in a plea deal with prosecutors. Under the deal, prosecutors dropped the original charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Doering admits in court documents that he tried to hide two guns and ammunition after the June 17 shooting in Hill City.

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