LIMA – A 21-year-old Lima man who discharged an AK-47 outside a Lima residence earlier this year and inadvertently wounded a man who was sleeping in a nearby apartment was sentenced Monday to four years in prison.
Marvin Bridges was indicted in May on charges of improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation, the discharge of a weapon on or near prohibited premises and felonious assault with a three-year firearm specification, a felony of the second degree. He entered into an agreement with prosecutors in April and pleaded guilty to the felonious assault charge with an amended one-year firearm specification. In return, the state dismissed all remaining charges.
Judge Jeffrey Reed sentenced Bridges to a mandatory one-year prison sentence on the firearm charge and an additional three year prison term, to be served consecutively to the firearm sentence, on the felonious assault charge. Bridges was given credit for 330 days of jail time served and will be eligible to seek early judicial release after serving six months in prison.
According to police reports, on the evening of April 3 officers heard multiple gunshots in the 1200 block of Hughes Street. Moments later a 911 call was received from a man at 508 Hope Street who said he was lying in his bed when a bullet went through his wall and struck him in the hand. The victim’s finger was “literally blown off” and was amputated following the incident, assistant prosecutor Terri Kohlrieser said during Monday’s hearing.
According to court documents, statements from persons inside the Hughes Street home revealed that Bridges was outside the residence and saw what he believed to be “Northside” gang members across the courtyard. He believed they had guns, witnesses told police, and fired the weapon to protect his mother, who had gone outside when shots were initially fired.
Attorney Ken Rexford, representing Bridges, told the judge that Bridges and his family have been targeted for years as part of an ongoing gang war and that the defendant and his family “have been shot at numerous times.”
Bridges told Reed he acted “out of instinct when I saw my mom out there,” but nonetheless apologized to the victim for the random shooting.
“He didn’t deserve any of this,” Bridges said. “It was never my intention to cause harm to him.”
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