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Jail for having gun, but not for shooting

VANCOUVER, Wash. - A homeowner who shot an alleged burglar on his property in September has been sentenced to five months in jail on weapons charges.

Donta Patterson, 30, pleaded guilty Thursday before Clark County Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson to two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance.

Patterson had a previous fourth-degree assault domestic violence conviction that bars him from owning firearms, constituting the unlawful possession charges, said Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Patterson told investigators he was the middleman in a transaction for oxycodone that ran into problems.

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