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Pennsylvania Man Gets Prison for Drunkenly Shooting at Nonexistent Clowns

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What to Know

  • Nathan Matthias admitted he drunkenly fired a shotgun inside his Pennsylvania apartment because he feared there were clowns inside.
  • Matthias' attorney says his client wasn't trying to harm anyone but was reacting to "some type of hallucinatory event."
  • He faces up to 5 years in state prison after pleading guilty in July to discharging a firearm and to an unrelated drunken driving charge.

A Pennsylvania man who admitted he drunkenly fired a shotgun inside his apartment because he feared there were clowns inside could spend the next five years in prison.

Reading police didn't find anyone inside of 35-year-old Nathan Matthias' second-floor apartment, and say the shooting put his first-floor neighbor in danger. The Reading Eagle reports he was sentenced Monday to 22 months to five years in state prison after pleading guilty in July to discharging a firearm and to an unrelated drunken driving charge.

Police say they found Matthias clutching a shotgun outside his house, claiming he was trying to shoot two small clowns.

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Matthias' attorney says his client wasn't trying to harm anyone but was reacting to "some type of hallucinatory event." Matthias took full responsibility and apologized.

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