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Riverside man pleads guilty in shooting outside Allentown bar

A Riverside man who saw his girlfriend talking with another man last summer admitted in court Monday that he shot at the man.

The bullet missed the intended target and instead struck a bystander outside a bar across the street.

Deverick Petty, 21, of Isabelle Drive, pleaded guilty as charged in State Supreme Court to first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the June 26 shooting.

Petty also pleaded guilty as charged to fourth-degree criminal solicitation for encouraging his girlfriend to testify in front of the grand jury investigating the shooting that she didn’t see what happened when in fact she saw Petty with the gun after the shooting, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Petty fired a .45-caliber revolver at a man outside the Buckingham Apartments at 87 Mariner St.

The stray bullet hit the 30-year-old victim outside the Old Pink bar at Mariner and Allen streets.

The victim was critically wounded and hospitalized for eight days with a collapsed lung and lacerated liver.

Justice Christopher J. Burns set sentencing for May 14.

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