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Duryea Man Gets Prison After Facebook Video Cracks Shooting Case

January 25, 2018 GMT

WILKES-BARRE — A Duryea man who got shot in the foot during a drunken revel with friends — in a crime that was solved with the help of social media videos — was sentenced Thursday to serve up to three years in state prison.

Kyle Garrison, 25, of 130 Stephenson St., was sentenced to a total 15 to 36 months in prison for illegally carrying a gun in that case, as well as in an unrelated case in which he was accused of showing pornography to and fondling an 8-year-old girl at a Hughestown home.

The shooting took place last April, when officers responded to Garrison’s home for a report of a shooting. According to police, Garrison claimed he had been walking along North Main Street in Pittston a few hours earlier when two men “jumped out” and tried to rob him.

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During Garrison’s telling, one of the robbers pointed a revolver at his face, which he slapped away, causing a shot to hit his foot.

But police say they found a different story on Garrison’s Facebook page, where Garrison posted a video showing three men drinking and shooting a revolver. The video also showed one of the men pointing the weapon toward the ground before firing, according to police.

In another video, a man is heard repeating that he had been shot, with the camera showing an injury to a person’s big toe consistent with Garrison’s injury, police said. Garrison also posted a status update indicating he had been shot in the toe, according to police.

Court records show that Garrison pleaded guilty in August to a felony count of carrying a weapon without a license, seeing additional charges of possessing a firearm as a felon and making a false report withdrawn. In the sexual abuse case, Garrison pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of indecent assault, according to court records.

Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. imposed the sentence in both cases Thursday. As part of his sentence in the abuse case, Garrison will be required to complete sexual offender treatment and to have no unsupervised contact with children.

The judge ordered Garrison remanded to state prison with 20 days credit for time served.