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Man formally sentenced to prison term for Tulsa courthouse shooting; had pleaded insanity


TULSA, Oklahoma — A 25-year-old man has been formally sentenced to more than 23 years in prison for shooting into a crowded Tulsa plaza in 2012 and wounding a sheriff's deputy and a bystander.

Andrew Dennehy was sentenced Monday in Tulsa County District Court to 23 years and 10 days in prison. He was convicted in January by jurors who rejected his claims of insanity.

Dennehy's family and attorneys argued that Dennehy was a paranoid schizophrenic plagued by bizarre thoughts and delusions. Prosecutors maintained that he was bluffing and understood the gravity of the allegations against him.

Dennehy wandered barefoot onto the plaza between the Tulsa County courthouse and Tulsa Central Library in 2012 and opened fire with a handgun — sending people fleeing in panic and injuring the deputy and bystander.

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