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Jail Time For Man Who Fired Gun During Attempt To Rob Dealer

Posted On May 12, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Matthew D. Hartford. Photo by Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department.

(Aurora, Ind.) – An Aurora man who fired a gun during an attempt to rob a drug dealer in Lawrenceburg has been sentenced to jail and probation.

Matthew Hartford, 21, was in court Tuesday to be sentenced to 2 ½ years, with one year and three months of that suspended to probation. The judge allowed 266 days credit for Hartford’s time in jail prior to sentencing.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon (level 6 felony), Carrying a Handgun without a License (class A misdemeanor), and Possession of Marijuana (class B misdemeanor). IN exchange for the guilty pleas, prosecutors agreed to dismiss two other misdemeanor charges against Hartford.

Last December, Hartford and a juvenile attempted to rob a marijuana dealer of 1 ½ ounces of pot at an abandoned home on East High Street in downtown Lawrenceburg. A scuffle ensued during the robbery. Hartford’s handgun was shot twice during that fight, but nobody was hit.

Police quickly intercepted the vehicle they were fleeing in on U.S. 50 and discovered .45 caliber handgun hidden beneath the front seat. Two magazines loaded with bullets were found, including one on Hartford.

Hartford told police “his weapon was for protection knowing the character of his opposition.”

Hartford must pay $741 in court fees, a $30 monthly probation fee, and public defender representation reimbursement within a year.

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