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NE Pa. man gets 7 to 20 years in hotel standoff

April 10, 2014
Associated Press

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to firing shots at four police officers during a standoff at a hotel has been sentenced to seven to 20 years in prison.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune ( ) reports that Lackawanna County Judge Vito Geroulo called 41-year-old Barry Keiper Jr.'s condition that night an "unfortunate mix of mental health issues and gunpowder."

The Moosic resident pleaded guilty last month to attempted homicide in the Jan. 28 standoff at the Rodeway Inn. Police say Keiper told them either police officers were going to die or he was before he surrendered to end the five-hour standoff.

Authorities alleged that he was holding a woman in the hotel, but she later denied that she had been in danger and attended the sentencing to support the defendant.


Information from: The Times-Tribune,



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