Sentence upheld for man who fired shots
August 17, 2013 11:00 AM

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has upheld the Indiana County sentence for a man who fired shots at tavern patrons in downtown Indiana four years ago.

Martin Roger Boyd Jr., then 20, a former Indiana University of Pennsylvania student from Philadelphia, was arrested following the shooting shortly after 2 a.m. on April 3, 2009.

Indiana police accused Boyd of drawing a .25-caliber handgun from his waistband and squeezing off several shots at a group of men on South Carpenter Avenue.

Police said one of the shots wounded Justin McCoy, a student from Springfield, Va.

Prosecutors charged that Boyd shot at men who had exchanged words with Boyd and his friends minutes earlier in H.B. Culpeppers tavern, 653 Philadelphia St.

At his trial, Boyd denied firing the shots but a jury convicted him of aggravated assault, attempted aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault and carrying a firearm without a license.

He was sentenced by Indiana County President Judge William Martin on June 24, 2010, to serve 8οΎ½ to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay fines, costs and restitution.

Indiana County District Attorney Pat Dougherty said Boyd had filed an appeal with the Superior Court claiming an illegal sentence and that the conviction was against the weight of the evidence.

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