Teen Who Gave Gun to Liberty Park Shooter Receives Lenient Sentence

Teen Who Gave Gun to Liberty Park Shooter Receives Lenient Sentence

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A teen who provided a gun to another gang member in a shooting at Liberty Park last summer received a lenient sentence.

Yesterday, 17-year-old Joseph Jeffery Dickson received probation and a year in jail.

3rd District Judge Dennis Fuchs who routinely sends gun users to prison made a rare exception for Dickson.

However, the judge told Dickson he will serve prison time if he fails to complete the 36-month probation period.

Last June, Dickson and a group of gang members exchanged heated words with another group of teens.

Dickson then handed a gun to 14-year-old Darrell Johnson, who fired three shots toward the other group.

One person was injured.

Johnson was committed to a youth correctional facility until he turns 21 years old.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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