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Farrell Man Could Serve Up To 28 Years For Clarion Drive-By Shootings

February 27, 2014

A Mercer County man was sentenced Wednesday in Clarion County Court to 14-to-28 years in state prison on charges stemming from a drive-by shooting incident in which a woman in a crowd outside a party near Clarion University was seriously injured in February of last year.

21 year-old Kevin Austin, from Farrell, was reportedly one of several Mercer County residents who had attended the party, left, and returned and drove by the building where the party had been held and where a crowd had gathered outside.  Shots were fired into the crowd, and 19 year-old Rakeeah Merritt, from the Pittsburgh area, was injured.

Charges on which Austin was sentenced Wednesday included two counts of aggravated assault, simple assault, four counts of reckless endangerment and two firearms violations. He had originally been convicted on nine of the fifteen charges that had been brought against him.

Austin is being given credit  for approximately 12-and-a-half months already served in the Clarion County Jail.  He was also ordered to stay out of Clarion County unless he is on official business.

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