Bar shooter sentenced

Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2011

ANCHORAGE — A 37-year-old man convicted of attempted murder in a 2009 Anchorage shooting has been sentenced for related federal weapons charges.

Federal prosecutors say Eric Suggs of Anchorage was sentenced Friday to more than nine years in prison for being a felon in possession of a weapon.

Suggs will serve the federal time concurrent to his 18-year sentence for the shooting outside a bar.

Authorities say Suggs shot Joseph Brown Jr. in the arm and stomach after Brown intervened in an argument between Suggs and Brown’s cousin, Louis Spencer.

Witnesses told police Suggs began shooting when Spencer pulled out a knife.

Police say the gunfire missed Spencer and hit Brown, who underwent surgery.

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