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Man sentenced to 22 to 44 years in 2013 shooting at strip club, shots fired at officers


NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania — A suburban Philadelphia man has been sentenced to 22 to 44 years in prison in a shooting that injured two managers at a strip club.

The (Doylestown) Intelligencer ( ) reports that 57-year-old Joseph Thiers of Warrington was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to consecutive six- to 12-year terms.

He was also sentenced to consecutive five- to 10-year terms for shots fired at Horsham police officers.

Thiers entered guilty pleas in January to the four aggravated assault charges.

Prosecutors said he opened fire the Double Visions bar while more than 20 people were inside in October 2013 and later fired at pursuing officers before surrendering.

Deputy District Attorney Jesse King said he believes the sentence imposed by the judge "just shows how terribly violent this individual was."

Information from: The Intelligencer,

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