Sentence Trimmed for Man who Shot Rival outside Lancaster Speak-Easy
A Lancaster man had his sentenced trimmed recently in Lancaster County Court for shooting a man outside a city speak-easy in 2013.
A local jury convicted Fidel Montanez in March 2014 of aggravated assault for the shooting, after a dispute inside the club, in the 200 block of West King Street.
Three months later, he was sentenced to 5 to 10 years in state prison. However, that was overturned due to a Pa. Supreme Court decision that deemed certain mandatory sentences unconstitutional.
At a re-sentencing hearing last week, County President Judge Dennis Reinaker ordered a 3-to-10-year sentence. He cited, in part, Montanez’s work history.
Assistant District Attorney Travis S. Anderson argued that, despite the work history, Montanez deserves at least the original 5-to-10-year term.
Anderson said in court that Montanez pointed a gun at another person and pulled the trigger, and he’s never taken responsibility for that.
A 21-year-old man was shot in the leg outside the club. He and Montanez were among groups that argued inside the club, and were eventually kicked out.
Witnesses reported that a man, later identified as Montanez, retrieved a gun from his car and fired several shots.
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