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Allentown shooter sentenced up to 12 years in prison

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A 22-year-old man accused of shooting up a North 14th Street apartment in April was sentenced Monday to four to 12 years in prison.

Roman Sheldon Bentley Jr. of Allentown was found guilty of firearms not to be carried without a license, according to court documents. 

Authorities were dispatched to a home in the 300 block of North 14th Street around 4 p.m. in late April to investigate a reported shooting. 

Authorities said several shots were fired into a second-floor apartment, and that several people were home at the time. At least two victims reported seeing “sparks” coming off the kitchen door frame, and investigators said they found at least one spent bullet on the kitchen floor, where residents had been ducking, according to records.

Among the people inside the apartment during the shooting were a 17-year-old, a 14-year-old, two 13-year-olds, an 11-year-old and a 6-year-old. Authorities said an 18-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to his arm.

The gunshot victim identified Bentley through a photo array as they man who shot him. A second victim who was at the back of the apartment described to investigators they man he saw firing a handgun at the apartment.

Court records do not indicate why authorities believe Bentley shot at the apartment.

Allentown police arrested Bentley two days later, and officers said they found a .45 caliber Hi-Point handgun tucked in his waistband.

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