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By Will E Sanders


TROY — A Piqua teenager who fired a shotgun from a moving vehicle at two people walking along Wood Street in Piqua in April was arraigned in common pleas court Monday.

Justin L. Sturgeon, 18, of Piqua, pleaded not guilty to a third-degree felony count of discharging of a firearm on or near a prohibited premises, which carries a potential prison sentence of between one to five years in prison.

Sturgeon remains in the Miami County Jail on a $50,000 bond, and has already been convicted of several misdemeanor crimes, including aggravated menacing, criminal trespass, and theft. Originally, his list of charges included two counts of felonious assault.

In addition, he has also been convicted of an unrelated felony count of cultivating marijuana.

Police reports state that on April 17 Sturgeon, along with an juvenile, were driving in the 500 block of Wood Street in Piqua when he leveled a shotgun out of the window of a 1997 black Jeep Grand Cherokee and fired at two people walking down the street.

No injuries were reported as a result of the drive-by shooting.

The underage accomplice, a 15-year-old male, was charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, aggravated menacing, a misdemeanor, stemming from the shooting. Police reports state the juvenile allegedly displayed a gun in the shooting, but did not fire it. His case is pending in juvenile court.

An Aug. 4 pretrial conference was scheduled for Sturgeon.

Will E Sanders may be reached at 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.

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