A 21-year-old Davenport man was sentenced Thursday to up to five years in prison for a shooting in August.
Marc A. Dietrich pleaded guilty in December to possession of a firearm or offensive weapon by a domestic violence offender and intimidation with a weapon without intent.
During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, Dietrich told District Court Judge Joel Barrows that he had been trying to better himself, such as attending college, before the August incident and acknowledged that his actions were “totally wrong.”
“I made huge decisions that changed my life right now,” he said.
Dietrich said in the four months that he has been in the Scott County Jail, he has tried to take part in as many programs as possible to better himself.
Barrows said he was impressed with Dietrich’s statement in court and what he has accomplished while in jail. However, prison time was necessary due to the seriousness of the offense.
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Barrows sentenced Dietrich to up to five years in prison on both charges, to be served at the same time.
As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped an additional charge of going armed with intent Thursday.
Police were called about 8:15 p.m. Aug. 30 to the 1200 block of Brown Street for a report of shots fired.
According to an arrest affidavit filed by Davenport police, Dietrich brandished a dark-colored revolver and fired six shots at a man. He then got into a vehicle and fled the area.
The incident was in response to verbal disputes between a friend of Dietrich and the man's son, who are affiliated with rival street gangs, according to the affidavit.
Dietrich was convicted in 2014 of misdemeanor domestic battery, which prohibits him from possessing a firearm or ammunition, in Rock Island County.