Old west show re-enactor sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for using live ammo.

An Old West gun battle re-enactor in South Dakota who…

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.

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.

Source: The Associated Press via KSFY.

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  • Ken Hershberger

    He got off too easy. The prosecutor should not have dropped the original charge if he was a felon possessing a firearm. I guess the prosecution didn’t have enough evidence to get a conviction on that charge, but I would have preferred the so-called re-enactor had been given a longer sentence. Not only did he shoot three people he tried to cover up his crime. That alone warranted more than 7-1/2 years in my opinion.