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Gunman in Old Pink bar shooting sentenced to 9 years in prison

A Riverside man who shot and seriously wounded a bystander outside an Allen Street bar last summer was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday.

Deverick Petty, 21, of Isabelle Drive previously pleaded guilty as charged to first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the June 26, 2014 shooting. He also pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal solicitation for encouraging his girlfriend to falsely testify in front of the grand jury that she didn’t see what happened when in fact she saw Petty with the gun after the shooting.

After his plea, Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns agreed to cap the maximum punishment he would consider to 10 years, rather than the possible maximum of 25 years had the case gone to trial.

Petty admitted to firing a .45-caliber revolver outside the Buckingham Apartment at 87 Mariner St. in the early morning hours after seeing his girlfriend talking to another man. The bullet missed the intended target and struck a 30-year-old man who was standing outside the Old Pink on Allen at Mariner. The man was critically injured, suffering a collapsed lung and lacerated liver.

Prosecutor John Feroleto said the victim has since recovered and declined to appear at the sentencing.

Speaking on his own behalf, Petty told Burns Wednesday that he was sorry for his actions and called the crime a selfish mistake.

Burns acknowledged Petty’s statement before pointing out that the shot had come close to killing the victim and setting sentencing at only one year less than the agreed-upon cap.