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Man faces 120-year sentence for firing 2 shots

Posted at 7:53 AM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 07:54:31-05

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Jacksonville man faces a 120-year sentence for firing two shots that caused no injuries.

The Florida Times-Union reports the military veteran faces the lengthy sentence under mandatory sentencing guidelines.

Randal Ratledge, 58, was charged with six counts of aggravated assault after a 2012 incident involving his neighbors. Authorities said Rutledge fired shots in the air and screamed profanities at the six neighbors. He was charged with one count of aggravated assault on each of the neighbors.

Under Florida's 10-20-Life law, anyone convicted of a crime involving the firing of a gun gets a prison sentence of at least 20 years. Defense attorneys say Ratledge had a bad reaction to the sleep medication Ambien and didn't know what he was doing when he threatened the neighbors.

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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com

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