COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man has been sentenced to 8 ½ years in prison after being charged with firing gunshots that wounded a man in the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s main branch downtown.

Defendant Joseph Steward pleaded guilty earlier this year to felonious assault and inducing panic following the June 11 shooting.

The Dispatch reports the 28-year-old Steward apologized to Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Kim Brown at Friday’s sentencing. Steward told the judge he didn’t want to hurt the victim but also didn’t want to get beat up.

Defense attorney Robert Krapenc said Steward has a history of homelessness and misdemeanor offenses. He said he believes his client has “undiagnosed mental health issues.”

Prosecutors say Steward pulled a gun during an argument with a 47-year-old man and shot him in the ankle.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com