Gun show re-enactor sentenced

Published 9:06am Tuesday, April 10, 2012

RAPID CITY, S.D. — An Old West gun battle re-enactor in South Dakota who wounded three onlookers when he fired live rounds instead of blanks has been sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison.

Paul Doering of Summerset was taken into custody immediately upon sentencing at federal court in Rapid City on Monday. Doering had faced up to 20 years in prison.

Doering pleaded guilty in January to a charge of tampering in a plea deal with prosecutors. Under the deal, prosecutors dropped the original charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Doering admitted in court documents that he tried to hide two guns and ammunition after the June 17 shooting in Hill City.