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Ex-Nevada National Guard Capt. sentenced in shooting of teen

January 9, 2020 GMT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A former captain in the Nevada Air National Guard has been sentenced to two to six years in prison for shooting an unarmed teenager twice in the leg near a park in southeast Reno.

John Upton was found guilty of battery with a deadly weapon following a week-long trial in October in Washoe County District Court.

The Reno Gazette Journal reports Judge Scott Freeman sentenced the 42-year-old man on Monday and credited him 78 days for time served.

Upton’s conviction and sentence stemmed from a shooting reported near Huffaker Park in September 2017.

Reno police found one victim at the scene along with a suspect, later identified as Upton.

Police say Upton took video and photos of four juveniles he and his neighbors thought were suspicious. Upton and another neighbor reportedly followed the group before they got into a confrontation and Upton fired three to five shots at a 16-year-old.