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April 5, 2012

Ellwood man sentenced, paroled

NEW CASTLE — An Ellwood City man charged with attempted homicide has pleaded guilty to and been sentenced for recklessly endangering another person.

John Allen Pounds, 47, of 1585 Fox St., was sentenced by Lawrence County Judge J. Craig Cox to six to 23 1/2 months in the Lawrence County jail.

He was given credit for 225 days served and has been paroled.

Pounds also was ordered to pay costs of prosecution and referred to Lawrence County Drug and Alcohol for substance abuse assessment.

In August, Pennsylvania state police charged Pounds with two counts of attempted criminal homicide and one count each of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering.

The victim told police he and another man had been walking along Hollow Road on July 31 when several vehicles polled up. He said the door of one vehicle opened and Pounds, seated in the back seat, fired a .45-caliber gun at him.

He said others got out of the vehicle, beat him and robbed him of cash, prescription drugs and his cell phone.

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