SW Mo. Man Sentenced To 13 Years For Shooting

5 years 1 month 2 days ago Tuesday, November 13 2012 Nov 13, 2012 Tuesday, November 13, 2012 6:00:00 PM CST November 13, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

JOPLIN (AP) - A 21-year-old Joplin man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for shooting another man in what authorities said was a dispute over drag racing.

The Joplin Globe reports that Nathan Spencer pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree assault and armed criminal action in a plea deal. The deal limited his prison time to 13 years for assault and five years for armed criminal action, with the terms to run concurrently.

Spencer was accused of shooting 22-year-old Andrew Yaple several times in 2010. Yaple survived but suffers from a seizure disorder and nerve damage. Police said the shooting occurred as the two men prepared to drag race.

Prosecutors say Spencer will have to serve at least 85 percent of the prison term before he's eligible for parole.

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