MAN SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS IN SHOOTING OF TWO

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AUTHOR: AP

MAN SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS IN SHOOTING OF TWO

WEST POINT A West Point man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after being convicted of shooting two people working in the city’s pawn shop.

John Stark was convicted of aggravated assault in the May 10, 1993, shooting of Pauline Beard and her grandson, Heath Beard.

Authorities said Stark went into the pawn shop and fired shots that hit Heath Beard in the jaw and shot off the ring finger of Pauline Beard’s left hand.

Stark then chased Pauline Beard out of the pawn shop and eventually hit her in the neck. He was apprehended shortly afterward.

While awaiting trial, Stark escaped from Clay County Jail on Oct. 15, 1993. He was recaptured in February 1996 after police tracked him by using his Social Security number.

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