ROME, N.Y. -- A man charged in connection with a pellet gun shooting near the Rome Burger King back in September was sentenced to probation for his role.
Deron Stinson, of Rome, is one of three men charged in the case, and was also accused of tryng to cover up the incident.
Police say on the night of Sept. 25, 34-year-old Allen Lipphardt was hanging out with 35-year-old Deron Stinson and 28-year-old Colton Mickle at an apartment on South Madison Street when Lipphardt left to walk to Burger King and get food.
While Lipphardt was on his way into Burger King, Stinson shot him in the back with a pellet gun from the apartment, according to police. As Lipphardt was walking back to the apartment with the food, police say Stinson shot him again, this time in the chest, and Lipphardt fell to the ground.
Police say Stinson and Mickle then called 911, and the three men are accused of making up a story of an unknown shooter so that they wouldn’t get into trouble. Police said after the incident that Lipphardt was not cooperating with them.
Rome City Court says that Stinson was sentenced to three years probation.
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